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Revelers usher in Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but sporadic violence mars festivities

NEW ORLEANS - Wearing beaded sunglasses with feathers, 83-year-old Lorraine McCaslin waved a green handkerchief as she danced in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park, ushering in what she says is her favorite time of year - Mardi Gras.

February 21, 2008 | By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press Writer | National


Judge rules President Bush cannot exempt Navy from no-sonar zone off Southern California

LOS ANGELES - Environmental groups seeking to protect whales from the potentially harmful effects of sonar cheered a legal victory against the Navy and the Bush administration.

February 21, 2008 | By ANDREW DALTON Associated Press Writer | National


Chad’s capital quieter but rebels threaten new assault; France ready to intervene if needed

N'DJAMENA, ChaD - Chad's capital was mostly quiet Tuesday but rebels seeking to oust the president kept to the fringes of the city and threatened a fresh attack. France said it was prepared to intervene militarily to help the government repel the assault if necessary.

February 21, 2008 | By TOM MALITI Associated Press Writer | World


Israel on high alert after suicide bombing in Dimona

JERUSALEM - Israeli security forces were on high alert Tuesday, sending beefed-up patrols to public areas such as shopping malls, bus stations and train depots a day after the first Palestinian suicide attack in more than a year.

February 21, 2008 | By AMY TEIBEL Associated Press Writer | World


US faces fresh claims of civilian deaths in Iraq; Military says insurgents among dead

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military faced complaints Tuesday from its Sunni allies over claims that more civilians had been killed by American forces - amplifying tensions as the Pentagon tries to calm anger over an airstrike last week that claimed innocent lives.

February 21, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | World


Obama coasts to win in Ga.; GOP race tighter

ATLANTA - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama coasted to a win Tuesday in Georgia over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, riding a wave of support from the state's large black population.

February 21, 2008 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | National


Rhode Island teens charged under short-lived law won’t be prosecuted in adult courts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seventeen-year-olds who were charged with felonies as adults under a short-lived state law will either have their cases dismissed or be transferred back to juvenile court under a judge's ruling released Tuesday.

February 21, 2008 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press Writer | National


Airline delays in 2007 were second worst ever, with more than 26 percent of flights late

WASHINGTON - Domestic airline delays in 2007 were the second worst on record, the Transportation Department said Tuesday.

February 21, 2008 | By DAN CATERINICCHIA AP Business Writer | National


Astrograph 2/7

The times ahead indicate an active year for you with a greater increase in your social activities and your professional life. This is because you will meet someone - an adventurous type - who will influence and spur you on.

February 21, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Police Report - February 4

Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

February 21, 2008 | | Crime Report


Astrograph 2/6

Aquarians are born with an instinct of what is to come and in the year ahead, this natural talent will enable you to be always one step ahead of your competitors. It will give you the wherewithal to achieve what you truly want.

February 21, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Police Report - February 5

Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies.Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)

February 21, 2008 | | Crime Report


Accidental overdose of prescription pills killed Heath Ledger; 6 sedatives, painkillers

NEW YORK - The actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of six different drugs - painkillers and sedatives - the medical examiner said Wednesday, leading doctors to warn of the dangers of mixing prescription drugs.

February 21, 2008 | By AMY WESTFELDT and STEPHANIE NANO Associated Press Writer | National


Maryland slaying highlights questions about kids who kill their families with little warning

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - Authorities offered no further insight into the motive of a teenager accused in the shooting deaths of his father, mother and two brothers, but experts say such crimes are not unprecedented - and they often come without any obvious warning signs.

February 21, 2008 | By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer | National


Waters rise anew in parts of Ohio ravaged by summer flooding; many residents flee

FINDLAY, Ohio - Shandale Collins spent the past five months renovating his home after floodwaters destroyed nearly everything. Now he's wondering whether he'll have to do it all over again.

February 21, 2008 | By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Writer | National


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Ray Rice's suspension vacated

NEW YORK - An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

November 28, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Missouri clinches SEC East title

COLUMBIA, Mo. - After three quarters smothered by Arkansas, Missouri found a way out. It's been that way most of the year, simply finding ways to get the job done.

November 28, 2014 | By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Old-Fashioned Hate

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia won't be playing in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

November 28, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Black Friday shoppers: Thanksgiving not for sales

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Many Black Friday shoppers say they avoided spending money on Thanksgiving Day because, they say, the holiday should be a time for family.

November 28, 2014 | By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press | Local


Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve

NEW YORK - For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another.

November 28, 2014 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Local


Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas - A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

November 28, 2014 | By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press | World


10 things you’ll regret not doing in 10 years

While it is easy to look back on your life and see where you could have done things differently, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Your mistakes are there to teach you lessons, and your successes are there to remind you that your life hasn't been all that bad. With that said, everyone has regrets. Here are 10 simple things to try and avoid regretting later in life.

November 28, 2014 | By MEGAN SHAURI | Hot topics


2 traits scientifically proven to make your relationship last

Love is all about feelings, right? We lead with our hearts and ignore our heads. Not exactly. It turns out there is a lot of physiology and psychology involved in falling in love and maintaining relationships. If you want to make yours last, you might want to read up on current scientific findings.

November 28, 2014 | By AMY PETERSON Deseret News National | Hot topics


15 baby names only celebrity kids could pull off

Who doesn't love coming up with baby names?

November 28, 2014 | By HERB SCRIBNER Deseret News National | Hot topics


Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa - Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

November 28, 2014 | By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press | World




Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

November 27, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Peterson: 'Hard work pays off'

Bulloch County Schools' speech-language pathologists hosted a "Success with Stuttering" workshop on a recent teacher workday, co-sponsored by the Georgia Learning Resource System and the Stuttering Foundation of America.

November 27, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

November 27, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | World


OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | Local


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