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Trash soils Bush pledge to protect islands

WASHINGTON - Two years ago with fanfare, President Bush declared a remote chain of Hawaiian islands the biggest, most environmentally protected area of ocean in the world.

August 22, 2008 | By DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Fingerprints yield more telltale clues

WASHINGTON - Scientists have found ways to tease even more clues out of fingerprints' telltale marks - one in a string of developments that gives modern forensics even better ways to solve mysteries like the anthrax attacks or JonBenet Ramsey's murder.

August 22, 2008 | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press Writer | Washington


Loophole in tobacco regulation bill

WASHINGTON - A loophole in a sweeping tobacco regulation bill would give the industry a 21-month window to introduce some new products without first getting federal approval.

August 22, 2008 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Jobless claims hit highest point since March 2002

WASHINGTON - The nation's jobs market sent a fresh cry of distress as the number of newly laid off people unexpectedly hit the highest level in more than six years, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.

August 22, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Citigroup returning billions to investors

WASHINGTON - Citigroup Inc. will buy back more than $7 billion in auction-rate securities and pay $100 million in fines as part of settlements with federal and state regulators, who said the bank marketed the investments as safe despite liquidity risks.

August 22, 2008 | By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer | Washington


Fed leaves rates alone for second straight meeting

WASHINGTON - For a second straight meeting, the Federal Reserve has decided to remain on the sidelines and leave interest rates alone. In the opinion of many economists, that stance may prevail not only for the rest of this year but well into 2009.

August 21, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press Writer | Washington


White House pleased by bin Laden driver verdict

WASHINGTON - The White House said Wednesday it's pleased with the outcome of the war crimes trial of a former driver for Osama bin Laden, although the jury delivered a split verdict.

August 21, 2008 | The Associated Press | Washington


Nations weigh new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON - Six nations agreed Wednesday to pursue new U.N. sanctions against Iran after it failed to accept incentives offered in hopes of defusing the dispute over its nuclear program, the United States said.

August 21, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Washington


Documents: Ivins had custody of purified anthrax

WASHINGTON - Army scientist Bruce Ivins had custody of highly purified anthrax spores with ''certain genetic mutations identical'' to the poison that killed five and rattled the nation in 2001, according to documents unsealed Wednesday in the government's investigation.

August 21, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Report: US may have taped Gitmo interviews

WASHINGTON - The State Department advised representatives of foreign governments that their interviews with their citizens being held at Guantanamo Bay would be recorded, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

August 20, 2008 | The Associated Press | Washington


Marines ordered to stay longer in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay on the warfront almost a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority, according to a senior military official.

August 20, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


No change expected in Fed interest rates

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, caught between mounting job losses and rising inflation, is likely to sit tight and hope that the interest rate cuts it has already provided will be enough to heal a sick economy.

August 20, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Saying goodbye is hard for lawmakers

WASHINGTON - In the Senate, Democrats are refusing to adjourn for the August recess. Over in the House, Republicans are refusing to leave.

August 20, 2008 | By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Some answers, but not all, likely in anthrax case

WASHINGTON - Authorities investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks will begin meeting with victims' families Wednesday to discuss the case, family members said, an indication that some lingering questions in the case may soon be answered.

August 20, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


No time for Bush to see through 3 nuclear deals

WASHINGTON - President Bush is rushing the clock and running out of time as he tries to stare down nuclear threats on three fronts.

August 19, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Washington


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