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Former aide to ex-Rep. Weldon pleads guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud

WASHINGTON - The one-time top aide to former Rep. Curt Weldon pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement.

December 22, 2007 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police release first images of Omaha mall gunman; surveillance shots show teen raising gun

OMAHA, Neb. - In the first surveillance images released of a teenage gunman's shopping mall rampage, the shaggy-haired assailant can be seen raising an assault rifle to fire in front of a department store mannequin.

December 22, 2007 | By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


FMB AOTW: Ferguson aleader for SHS

Eric Ferguson has become Statesboro's go-to guy.

December 21, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Sports


Astrograph 12/06

Although your probabilities for success are stronger than usual in the year ahead, you must take care that you don't take on more than you can comfortably handle. Focus only on your most meaningful goals.

December 21, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Congress drops legislation that would have expanded hate crimes laws to cover attacks on gays

WASHINGTON - Congress has dropped legislation that would have expanded hate crime laws to include attacks on gays after it became clear the measure wouldn't pass the House, aides said Thursday.

December 21, 2007 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Veto power could give Bush upper hand in budget fight with Democrats

WASHINGTON - Republicans in Congress are divided over how President Bush should play his strong hand in the rush to leave town before Christmas.

December 21, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pakistani lawyers protest, ex-PM Sharif blocked from home of dismissed chief justice

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Thousands of lawyers boycotted courts across Pakistan on Thursday while police blocked former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his supporters from marching to the heavily guarded home of the deposed Supreme Court chief justice.

December 21, 2007 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police: Gunman may have smuggled rifle into mall in a sweat shirt

OMAHA, Neb. - The teenage gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a department store may have smuggled an assault rifle into the mall underneath clothing, police said Thursday.

December 21, 2007 | By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer | Nation


Deal reached with mortgage industry for 5-year rate freeze

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of thousands of strapped homeowners could get some relief from a plan negotiated by the Bush administration to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages that are scheduled to rise in the coming months.

December 21, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Rice wins support from 2 key European allies for new sanctions against Iran

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won support Thursday on Iran from two key European allies, France and Germany, whose leaders urged continued pressure on Tehran because of its nuclear program, saying the country remains a danger.

December 21, 2007 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Palestinian President Abbas rejects concept of state with provisional borders

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he has rejected the concept of a provisional Palestinian state out of concern that the temporary borders of such an entity would become permanent.

December 21, 2007 | By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press Writer | Nation


Gators blast DEA

Bulloch Academy head boys' basketball coach Chandler Dennard let all of his horses out of the stable Tuesday night as his Gators blasted cross-county rival David Emanuel Academy 89-38.

December 21, 2007 | By RAHN HUTCHESON Special to the Herald | Sports


Top diplomats: Russia won’t increase troops on western border if NATO doesn’t do it

MOSCOW - Russia will not expand its armed forces on its western border as long as NATO refrains from a military buildup, Russian diplomats and lawmakers said Thursday.

December 21, 2007 | By STEVE GUTTERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Collins named new Bulloch Co. Commission clerk

Marcia Collins was named as the new Bulloch County Commission clerk Tuesday during the regular Bulloch County Commissioners meeting. Collins will replace Evelyn Wilson, who will retire as of Dec. 31.

December 21, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Local


Ford recalling 1.1 million trucks and SUVs over possible engine stall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling 1.17 million trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans to fix an engine sensor that could lead to engine stalling.

December 21, 2007 | By KEN THOMAS Associated Press Writer | Nation


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6th pleads guilty in steroids case

MIAMI - The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a recruiter of mostly foreign-born players for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the center of the case.

December 19, 2014 | By CURT ANDERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Upton and away

ATLANTA - Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.

December 19, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Rookie receivers stealing the show

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay's Mike Evans resists labels that describe him as a football player, especially those that shortchange what he's accomplished as part of an outstanding class of rookie receivers lighting up the NFL.

December 19, 2014 | By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Following probe, FIFA won't reopen World Cup voting

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.

December 19, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bowl season kicks off with five games

The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year's three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.

December 19, 2014 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Statesboro pastor fuels Appalachia relief effort

Local churches that are part of the Ogeechee River Baptist Association, as well as Southern Baptist churches throughout Georgia and beyond, will contribute more than 27,000 backpacks this Christmas filled with clothes, toys, school supplies, hygiene items and Bibles to needy children along the Appalachian mountain range.

December 19, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


Controlled burn sends smoke into downtown Statesboro

Smoke seen in downtown Statesboro this afternoon was caused by the controlled burn of a 15-acre field near Akins Smith Road in the Hopulikeit area, according to Bulloch County 911 and Statesboro Fire Department spokespersons.

December 19, 2014 | From | Local


East Georgia Regional Medical Center limits visitors

Like other hospitals in the region, East Georgia Regional Medical Center is experiencing an increase in flu-related emergency-room visits.

December 19, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

December 19, 2014 | By JAKE COYLE Associated Press | Associated Press




Trufant, Atlanta Falcons defense wary of Brees

FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant expects to be exhausted by the end of Atlanta's NFC South showdown Sunday at New Orleans.

December 18, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


SHS, SEB invade Albany

Region championships and state playoff berths will be determined in the coming months, but both Statesboro and Southeast Bulloch's boys squads will get some tough non-region competition to help close out 2014 as they travel to Albany for the annual U-Save-It Classic beginning today.

December 18, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Why watch?

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here's why:

December 18, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Dr. John Bressler: The magic of Christmas

The last couple of weeks have been wonderful for someone who likes the Christmas season and especially if he or she is looking for some Christmas spirit. Julie and I started out by attending the downtown tree lighting ceremony in Brooklet. It was a bit chilly - which is just right for folks like us - and we felt like we were in a Christmas card surrounded by angels. There was great music, Scripture and plenty of laughter and applause to warm our hearts. We love attending church and singing all those carols and admiring the tree decorated with crismons and the ...

December 18, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


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