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Bush: cooperation for Gustav better than Katrina

AUSTIN, Texas - President Bush said Monday that coordination among states and the federal government in response to Hurricane Gustav has been better than during Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 and tattered his administration's reputation for handling crises.

September 16, 2008 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Watch out for drug names that look, sound alike

WASHINGTON - Take the generic drug clonidine for high blood pressure? Double-check that you didn't leave the drugstore with Klonopin for seizures, or the gout medicine colchicine.

September 16, 2008 | By LAUREN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Washington


Wind, solar energy built on temporary tax breaks

WASHINGTON - Congress is putting the short-term future of renewable energy companies in jeopardy even as the presidential candidates and most lawmakers hail windmills, solar panels and biofuels as long-term solutions to high gasoline prices and global warming.

September 16, 2008 | By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Suicide risks studied in drugs for physical ills

WASHINGTON - Cody Miller was a high school football player who was allergic to ragweed. Douglas Briggs was a doctor coping with pain from an old back injury.

September 16, 2008 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Drunken-driving deaths fall in 32 states

WASHINGTON - Drunken-driving deaths fell in 32 states in 2007, the government reported Thursday, but alcohol-related fatalities increased among motorcycle riders in half the states.

September 13, 2008 | By KEN THOMAS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Court: US can block mad cow testing

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday.

September 13, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


2 airliners nearly collide over Atlantic

WASHINGTON - Two airliners were one minute from colliding when at least one of the planes turned away from the other over the Atlantic Ocean this week, federal authorities said Friday.

September 13, 2008 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press Writer | Washington


Retailers pull Simplicity bassinets off shelves

WASHINGTON - Six major retailers are pulling from their shelves Simplicity bassinets linked to the deaths of two babies after a company refused to recall the infant beds.

September 13, 2008 | By CHRISTINE SIMMONS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Sources: US says civilian deaths were overstated

WASHINGTON - After reviewing a disputed airstrike on a village in Afghanistan, U.S. officials have concluded that the civilian death toll was far lower than claimed by the Afghan government and the U.N., three U.S. defense officials said Thursday.

September 13, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Lifestyles of Brazil’s ancient urbanites revealed

WASHINGTON - Roads and canals connected walled cities and villages. The communities were laid out around central plazas. Nearby, smaller settlements focused on agriculture and fish farming.

September 13, 2008 | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press Writer | Washington


Administration wants changes in workplace rules

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is proposing that workplace hazard standards be subject to more public and expert scrutiny before being adopted. Critics say the proposals could make it harder to limit worker exposure to carcinogens and other toxic materials.

September 12, 2008 | By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Private contractors hold lots of US intel jobs

WASHINGTON - More than a quarter of the U.S. intelligence agencies' employees are outside contractors, hired to fill in gaps in the military and civilian work force, according to a survey of the 16 intelligence agencies.

September 12, 2008 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Tracking Alzheimer’s-linked protein in live brains

WASHINGTON - Scientists for the first time have peered into people's brains to directly measure the ebb and flow of a substance notorious for its role in Alzheimer's disease.

September 12, 2008 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Writer | Washington


Pentagon brass meet secretly with Pakistanis

WASHINGTON - With violence worsening in Afghanistan and Pakistan, top U.S. military officers conducted a secret strategy session with commanders from Islamabad on an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean.

September 12, 2008 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | Washington


Spring’s economic rebound unlikely to last

WASHINGTON - The economy pulled out of a dangerous rough patch in the spring, thanks largely to strong exports, but the rebound isn't expected to last. Economic slowdowns overseas could make exports tail off just as Americans are hunkering down after the bracing impact of rebate checks wanes, plunging the country into another rut later this year.

September 12, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA Associated Press Writer | Washington


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