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Charles Dharapak's Biography

Charles Dharapak was born in New York City and received degrees in print journalism and economics at New York University. He joined the Associated Press in 1995 as a staff photographer based in Southeast Asia. While in Bangkok he covered the Cambodian civil war and the pro-democracy movement in Burma. He later became AP’s chief photographer and photo editor in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he covered the unrest in the ...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

My first paid gig was freelancing for a neighborhood newspaper in TriBeCa, New York. I got paid $25 for a photograph of a veterinarian.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Of course! Typing class was compulsory in 7th grade. Thank you New York City Public Schools system!

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

The photojournalist as played by Dennis Hopper in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

Former Guantanamo detainee working as Islamic State recruiter killed by U.S. drone strike

thestar.com — WASHINGTON - During six years behind bars at Guantanamo Bay, Abdul Rauf insisted he was a lowly Taliban foot soldier who delivered bread and tea to combatants, even though he was really a corps commander. He was released in 2007 and sent home to Afghanistan.

5 goals from Obama's 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

cjonline.com — By Nedra PicklerThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a "Year of Action," and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the goals he laid out.

Obama to propose tax increase on wealthiest Americans

thestar.com — WASHINGTON-U.S. President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

House Ethics Committee clears Petri on conflict issue

jsonline.com — Washington, D.C. - On the eve of his retirement from Congress, the House Ethics Committee has closed its inquiry into Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri of Fond du Lac, finding that Petri's conduct in a potential conflict-of-interest case did not merit sanction.

BP job cuts: Energy giant scales back amid low oil prices

csmonitor.com — BP job cuts come as the company looks to pare down its business operations amid plunging oil prices. BP said it will invest in gas projects, which are typically less exposed to oil prices. Oil giant BP has warned that plans to streamline its business will cost it $1 billion over the next year.

Obama and McConnell, one on one: Can they get business done?

csmonitor.com — At President Obama's invitation, incoming Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell heads to the White House Wednesday afternoon for a rare one-on-one meeting to discuss legislative priorities. For Senator McConnell of Kentucky, who has been bashing Mr. Obama for most of his presidency, it's not a matter of like or dislike of the president.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Business News From The AP

timesdispatch.com — He steered United Technologies' $18.4 billion purchase of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. in 2012. It was the industry's largest deal and boosted the company's presence in the profitable commercial airline business as its military segments declined. The company said he informed the board of directors that his retirement from both posts was effective immediately.

After midterm sweep, Canadian asks: 'What were you thinking, America?'

csmonitor.com — Through the 'hope and change' highs and the 2014 midterm lows, Canadians have generally stuck by Obama - certainly more so than Americans. However detested President Obama and his party may be to the many Americans who expressed their disapproval in a midterm election that has been called "Shellacking 2.0," the president can take comfort in the fact that he is loved by America's neighbor to the north.

Midterm elections: Why environmental groups are backing Republicans

csmonitor.com — Hoping to make climate change a bipartisan issue, environmental groups are endorsing Republicans and moderate Democrats in the midterm elections. The strategy is a pragmatic shift for green groups, who have more money and clout in this election than ever before. She's as green as they come.

Judge Rebukes Government, Keeps Gitmo Force-Feeding Hearing Open

firstlook.org — A federal judge has knocked down the government's attempt to hold a secret hearing in a case challenging the military's practice of force-feeding Guantanamo detainees who are on hunger strike. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler called the government's desire to close the proceedings "deeply troubling," and chastised the Department of Justice for appearing to "deliberately" make the request "on short notice."
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Mar 06, 2015

Strong work by @AP Joshua Paul - photos, reporting - of what left behind by those on missing MH370 news.yahoo.com/items-flight-3… via @YahooNews

Feb 05, 2015

5 Photo Galleries - World in Review - Asia, Europe & Africa, Mideast, Latin America, Caribbean, US blog.apimages.com/2015/02/05/in-… … via @AP_Images

Jan 27, 2015

RT @AP: MORE: Facebook, Instagram outage affecting users in U.S., Asia, Australia: apne.ws/1wyEDCR

Jan 27, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia

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