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Study finds minorities more likely to be paddled

WASHINGTON - Paddlings, swats, licks. A quarter of a million schoolchildren got them last year - and blacks, American Indians and kids with disabilities got a disproportionate share of the punishment, according to a study by a human rights group.

September 04, 2008 | By LIBBY QUAID AP Education Writer | Washington


Bush says breakaway provinces are part of Georgia

ORLANDO, Fla. - President Bush, pushing back against claims by Russia, said Wednesday the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are part of pro-Western Georgia and that Washington will work with allies to insure Georgia's independence and territorial integrity.

September 04, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Post office offering early retirements

WASHINGTON - In lackluster economic times, not even postal workers enjoy much of a security envelope.

September 04, 2008 | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press Writer | Washington


US Rep. Tubbs Jones of Ohio in critical condition

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, had a brain hemorrhage and was in critical condition with limited brain function, a doctor said Wednesday.

September 04, 2008 | By M.R. KROPKO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Companies bid millions to tap Western Gulf

WASHINGTON - Energy companies placed $487.3 million in winning bids for the right to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico, knowing they may get a chance later to explore in other areas that have been off limits for decades.

September 04, 2008 | By DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Web site educates about hiring vets

WASHINGTON - They survived war, but for some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans going to work back home isn't easy, either.

September 04, 2008 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press Writer | Washington


Court says EPA air pollution rule is illegal

WASHINGTON - A Bush administration rule barring states and local governments from requiring more air pollution monitoring is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

September 04, 2008 | By DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Court hears arguments in WWII land dispute

WASHINGTON - An attorney for hundreds of Kentucky families forced to sell their farms to the Army during World War II argued in federal court Tuesday that government agents bullied them into accepting bad deals in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

September 04, 2008 | By BEN EVANS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Labor Dept: Fewer workers killed on job in 2007

WASHINGTON - The number of workers killed on the job annually dropped to a historic low in 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Wednesday.

September 04, 2008 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Writer | Washington


Guard training overhaul is costly

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is determined to overhaul both training and active duty tours for the Army National Guard, but finding a way to give these part-time soldiers more time at home will cost more than $128 million, The Associated Press has learned.

September 03, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush, Musharraf: An uneasy alliance

CRAWFORD, Texas - Running for president, George W. Bush couldn't name the new leader of Pakistan. But after the Sept. 11 attacks, Pervez Musharraf became a crucial but ultimately frustrating ally in the war against Islamic extremists.

September 03, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Washington


More women are having fewer children, if at all

WASHINGTON - More women in their early 40s are childless, and those who are having children are having fewer than ever before, the Census Bureau said Monday.

September 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Washington


Senators seek to delay new rules in terror probes

WASHINGTON - New rules on FBI investigations of national security cases should be delayed, top Senate Judiciary Committee members said Monday, raising concerns that ethnic or racial groups could be targeted despite no evidence of wrongdoing.

September 03, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Angioplasty through the wrist backed by new study

WASHINGTON - The best path to a clogged heart may be through the wrist.

September 03, 2008 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Writer | Washington


Gates: No need for US forces in Georgia

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he sees no need to invoke American military force in the war between Russia and Georgia and that U.S.-Russian relations could suffer for years if Moscow doesn't retreat. The White House said it was ignoring Russian ''bluster'' about Georgia never regaining disputed border regions.

August 29, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Washington


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