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AP Exclusive: Former Homeland Security secretary says waterboarding is torture

WASHINGTON - The first secretary of the Homeland Security Department says waterboarding is torture.

February 03, 2008 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush administration distances itself from envoy’s criticism of North Korea policy

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Friday distanced itself from one of its own officials who criticized U.S. efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear programs.

February 02, 2008 | By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush calls for economic package worth about $145 billion

WASHINGTON - President Bush embraced as much as $150 billion in tax relief on Friday to jump start the lackluster economy. If Congress passes an economic stimulus package, the country will be ''just fine,'' he said.

February 02, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writers | Washington


High court will review $6.8 million verdict against drug maker

WASHINGTON - A drug manufacturer won Supreme Court review Friday of a $6.8 million verdict in the case of a woman whose arm had to be amputated after she was injected with one of its medications.

February 02, 2008 | The Associated Press | Washington


House panel chairman: White House chart shows 473 days of no e-mail for some White House units

WASHINGTON - A White House chart indicates no e-mail was archived on 473 days for various units of the Executive Office of the President, a House committee chairman says.

February 02, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Washington


Supreme Court steps into cigarette suit over ‘‘light’’ cigarettes

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to a cigarette maker's request to decide whether tobacco companies can be sued under state law for allegedly deceptive advertising of ''light'' cigarettes.

February 02, 2008 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Official says CIA believes Pakistani tribal leader behind Bhutto assassination

WASHINGTON - The CIA has concluded that a Pakistani tribal leader's network was behind the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, according to a U.S. intelligence official.

February 02, 2008 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Trying to soothe feelings in Europe, Gates praises NATO’s ’powerful role’ in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that sending Marines to Afghanistan will keep pressure on the Taliban and doesn't ''reflect dissatisfaction'' with NATO countries' performance.

February 01, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Senior general sees increase in Iraqi security forces, but years before they can take over

WASHINGTON - A senior military commander told a House panel on Thursday that Iraq's security forces are on track to add another 80,000 personnel by the end of the year, but it's a long way from becoming self-sufficient.

February 01, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Washington


AP Interview: Chertoff: New rules will mean longer lines at first; critics must ‘‘grow up’’

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that new border crossing rules to take effect this month will mean longer lines for those entering the United States, but he said it was necessary to prevent another Sept. 11-style attack. Critics of the effort need to ''grow up,'' he told The Associated Press in an interview.

February 01, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT and EILEEN SULLIVAN<B> Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush and Bernanke back package to stimulate weakening economy

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday embraced calls for an economic stimulus package to avert recession. Bernanke said such a plan should be aimed at quickly getting cash into the hands of people, especially those with low and moderate incomes.

February 01, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Bush says UN peacekeeping mission unfolding too slowly in Sudan

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission is moving too slowly in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have been killed in a conflict the president has labeled genocide.

February 01, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Coal producer Massey Energy agrees to $20 million fine for polluting waterways

WASHINGTON - The country's fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., will pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the government over allegations it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled waste water and coal slurry.

February 01, 2008 | By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer | Washington


$150 billion needed for economic stimulus package, former Treasury official tells Congress

WASHINGTON - The economy has worsened to the point where Congress should pass an economic stimulus bill of up to $150 billion, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers told lawmakers Wednesday.

January 31, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


White House tape recycling raises possibility that some e-mails are gone

WASHINGTON - The White House has acknowledged recycling its backup computer tapes of e-mail before October 2003, raising the possibility that many electronic messages - including those pertaining to the CIA leak case - have been taped over and are gone forever.

January 31, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Washington


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