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Wealthy Chinese spend holiday shopping, while snow strands factory workers

GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.

February 16, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Aruban officials reopening Holloway case after seeing secret tapes from Dutch journalist

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.

February 16, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Hundreds of Hamas supporters protest Egypt’s attempts to close Gaza border breach

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas militants on Friday hauled away metal spikes that Egyptian soldiers had placed at sections of the Gaza-Egypt border, defying attempts to reseal the frontier and stop the influx of blockade-weary Gazans.

February 16, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


‘Brutal’ bombings: Mentally retarded attackers used in market blasts that kill 73

BAGHDAD - Two mentally retarded women strapped with remote-control explosives - and possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers - brought carnage Friday to two pet bazaars, killing at 73 people in the deadliest day since Washington flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.

February 16, 2008 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Slain man identified as top Colombian drug lord, Venezuelan official says

CARACAS, Venezuela - One of Colombia's most-wanted drug lords has been found slain, Venezuela's top counter-drug official said Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By IAN JAMES Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


In a delicate balancing act, Chinese peacekeepers begin work in Darfur

DUREIJ, Sudan - Their clocks are set on Beijing time, they use state-of-the-art equipment and - most of all - they are welcome by the Sudanese government. In just about everything, the Chinese peacekeeping contingent in Darfur is strikingly different from the rest of the U.N. mission here.

February 16, 2008 | By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chinese activist officially arrested on subversion charges after monthlong detention

BEIJING - A Chinese civil rights activist who chronicled the plight of other dissidents before being taken from his home in December has been officially arrested and charged with inciting subversion, his lawyer said Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


India’s Internet services slowly returning to normal after undersea cables snapped

NEW DELHI - Internet access in India improved Friday as international service providers shifted their Internet traffic to cables under the Pacific Ocean to bypass two undersea cables damaged earlier this week.

February 16, 2008 | By MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Mexico creates special prosecutor position for violence against women, human exploitation

MEXICO CITY - Mexico has created a new federal position to prosecute violence against women and human exploitation, as rights groups urge the government to do more to investigate the killings of women, especially along the U.S. border.

February 16, 2008 | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Aruba police investigate evidence in Holloway case from Dutch crime reporter

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Thursday that authorities are investigating new information in the Natalee Holloway case provided by a Dutch crime reporter.

February 15, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomber kills Afghan official amid fears for future of international mission

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in a mosque in southern Afghanistan, killing a deputy provincial governor and five other people in another blow to President Hamid Karzai's U.S.-backed government.

February 15, 2008 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Four years later, bird flu continues march across Asia; 100 dead in Indonesia, India at risk

HANOI, Vietnam - Fears of a global bird flu pandemic that once dominated headlines have largely vanished in the West, but four years after the virus began ravaging Asian poultry, it continues to quietly spread.

February 15, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Colombia’s top cop seeks extradition of colonel sacked in corruption case

BOGOTA, Colombia - A police colonel sacked for abetting one of Colombia's most-wanted drug traffickers should be extradited to the United States as an example, the country's police chief told The Associated Press on Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Senior al-Qaida commander al-Libi, 1 of U.S. most wanted, killed

CAIRO, Egypt - Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who was blamed for bombing a base while Vice President Cheney was visiting last year, has been killed, according to a militant Web site.

February 15, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Back from Darfur, George Clooney takes on new role as UN messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS - In his new role as U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney was playing himself.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

November 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

November 22, 2014 | By JASON DEAREN Associated Press | Associated Press


For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

November 22, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | Associated Press


Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON - The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

November 22, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | Associated Press


Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. - Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

November 21, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON - Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

November 20, 2014 | By JULIE PACE Associated Press | Associated Press


Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

November 20, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | Associated Press


Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

CLEVELAND - A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

November 20, 2014 | By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press | Associated Press


Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State graduate Myron May seemed to change from a well-liked young attorney to would-be killer in a matter of months, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets outside the library at his alma mater after he opened fire on students who dove between the stacks to escape.

November 20, 2014 | By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press | Associated Press


Official says FSU gunman was alumnus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University's library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

November 20, 2014 | By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press | Associated Press


Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON - Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

November 20, 2014 | By MATTHEW PERRONE | Associated Press


US consumer prices unchanged in October

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

November 20, 2014 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press | Associated Press


Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.

November 20, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | Associated Press


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