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2008-09-01 18:00:03

By Chelsea J Carter SAN DIEGO - The drawdown of Marines from the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar will take time because there is still much work to be done, a top U.S. commander said Sunday on the eve of the once-violent province's transfer to Iraqi security control. Today's handover of Anbar, scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war, marks a major milestone in America's strategy of turning security responsibility over to the Iraqis so that U.S. troops can...

2008-09-01 09:00:03

By CHELSEA J CARTER By Chelsea J. Carter The Associated Press The drawdown of Marines from the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar will take time because there is still much work to be done, a top U.S. commander said Sunday. He spoke on the eve of the once violent province's transfer to Iraqi security control. Today's handover of Anbar, scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war, is a milestone in America's strategy of turning security responsibility over to the...

2008-08-30 12:00:11

By Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, has given his military superiors and Defense Secretary Robert Gates his initial recommendation on when to resume a U.S. troop withdrawal and at what pace, a senior military officer close to the process said Friday. The officer, who spoke to The Associated Press only on condition that he not be identified, said Petraeus was still analyzing the situation and had not yet submitted a final set...

2008-08-23 12:00:29

By Richard Lardner Associated Press CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki spoke Friday by secure video as work on a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by 2011 continued. "There are still discussions ongoing," said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe. "It's not done until it's done. And the discussions are really ongoing. And ongoing and ongoing. But hopefully drawing to a conclusion." Bush is vacationing at his ranch in Texas. The deal being...

2008-08-23 00:00:14

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq and the U.S. pushed close to a deal Thursday setting a course for American combat troops to pull out of major Iraqi cities by next June, with a broader withdrawal from the long and costly war by 2011.Subject to final approval by the top Iraqi leadership, the exit date for U.S. troops would be December 2011, although the Americans insist on linking that target to additional security and political progress.President Bush has long resisted a...

2008-08-22 03:00:31

By Darling, Brian Legislative Lowdown Your Inside Report From Capitol Hill Last week, the House of Representatives approved legislation to empower the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the tobacco Industry-and impose yet another tax on the American people. The legislation would give the FDA broad authority to regulate tobacco products and to treat tobacco manufacturers similar to drug manufacturers. If approved by the Senate in September, this measure would represent a big...

2008-08-19 21:00:07

SAN FRANCISCO - Barack Obama raked in $7.8 million Sunday at three separate fundraisers in San Francisco, telling a VIP dinner crowd - many of whom paid $28,500 to attend - that he would win the presidency in November but to expect a tough battle with Republicans in the meantime. "John McCain, all he wants to do is talk about me," Obama told supporters. "They know they can't win on the issues. So what they'll do is they'll try to scare people: 'He's risky. He's risky. We're not sure.'"...

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2008-08-19 09:10:00

By Philip Elliott / The Associated Press John McCain told fellow veterans Monday that Democratic rival Barack Obama tried to legislate failure in Iraq and has refused to admit he erred when opposing the military increase there last year. McCain said Obama placed his political self-interest ahead of his country's, a theme the Republican has often repeated. McCain told a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that Obama's positions changed as his political ambitions grew. "With less than...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

The San Bernardino area contains one abundant natural resource: water. Apparently, some water tables are so high that it is believed that an abundance of water lies only a few feet below ground level in several areas throughout the city. In fact, the well-known and highly publicized "Lakes and Streams" project during Mayor Valles' administration relied heavily upon this abundance of underground water. A portion of this water is constantly draining from Inland Center mall property...

2008-07-27 12:00:25

By Elisabeth Bumiller John McCain's presidential campaign recovered from a near-death experience almost exactly a year ago, and political candidates stumble in and out of troughs all the time. But it is safe to say that McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has not had a spectacular week. As his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, met one on one with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the Middle East on Wednesday, McCain went on an awkward shopping trip with a mother and two children...


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