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More schools add, expand comics arts classes as respect rises

CINCINNATI - As a fine arts graduate student in the early 1980s, Carol Tyler felt she had to hide her interest in cartoon drawing from teachers. An art form associated with comic books and comic strips wasn't considered college material.

January 05, 2008 | By LISA CORNWELL Associated Press Writer | National


Gates sees steady troop withdrawals if security improves in Iraq, won’t rule out Afghan boost

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates held out hope Friday that U.S. forces in Iraq could continue a steady decline next year if security keeps improving - leaving 100,000 by year end.

January 05, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | National


Belgium arrests 14 Muslim extremists for allegedly plotting to free al-Qaida sympathizer

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police Friday arrested 14 Muslim extremists suspected of planning the jailbreak of an al-Qaida prisoner convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. air base personnel, officials said.

January 05, 2008 | By RAF CASERT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice says US has no ’permanent enemies’ but demands action from North Korea, Iran

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday called on North Korea to honor its pledge to disable all nuclear weapons facilities and provide a complete declaration of its atomic programs by year's end, although she left room to miss the deadline.

January 05, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | National


FDA finds more deaths from improper use of fentanyl painkiller patch

WASHINGTON - Improper use of patches that emit the painkiller fentanyl is still killing people, the government said Friday - its second warning in two years about the powerful narcotic.

January 05, 2008 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | National


Calif. teen’s family to sue health insurer in dispute over transplant for girl who died

LOS ANGELES - The family of a 17-year-old girl who died hours after her health insurer reversed a decision and said it would pay for a liver transplant plans to sue the company, their attorney said Friday.

January 05, 2008 | By ALICIA CHANG Associated Press Writer | National


Police: Suicide attack kills at least 50 at compound of Pakistan’s former interior minister

SHERPAO, Pakistan - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb packed with ball bearings and nails amid hundreds of worshippers Friday at the residential compound of a former top security official for President Pervez Musharraf, killing at least 50 people, authorities said.

January 05, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Mbeki not stepping down as South African president, despite defeat in party vote

PRETORIA, South Africa - President Thabo Mbeki, humiliated by losing the contest to lead the country's ruling party, on Friday ruled out the possibility of early elections and said it would be business as usual for his government.

January 05, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Local equestrian team competes in first horse show

Fourteen riders from the Evermore Farm Interscholastic Equestrian Team recently competed in their first Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) horse show hosted by St. Francis High School and held at Sonora Farm in Canton.

January 05, 2008 | Special to the Herald | Local


Police Report - December 22

(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.)

January 05, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Democrats to investigate, California to sue over EPA’s decision on state’s emissions law

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's rejection of state efforts to tighten rules on greenhouse gas emissions touched off a flurry of counterattacks Thursday. Democrats in Congress began an investigation. Governors led by California's Arnold Schwarzenegger said they would sue. Environmental groups demanded to see the government's rationale for its decision.

January 05, 2008 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer | National


Dear Abby 12/20

DEAR ABBY: I have found the man I will be with for the rest of my life. I knew from the moment I met him that he was The One. We are very happy and very much in love.

January 04, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


'Black Nativity' begins Friday at Emma Kelly Theatre

On Friday evening, December 21st, Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity" will begin its three-day run at the Emma Kelly Theatre in downtown historic Statesboro. Starring in the production are Vidalia's Wardlaw Brothers, a quintet of inspired vocalists who recently won rave reviews when they opened for the 2007 National Baptist Convention USA in Philadelphia, Pa. Hoping to repeat previous successes during the Christmas season, Cleve White is producing the play for the third year. His Nissan dealership is one of the most respected businesses in the country and was recently listed as one of "The Best in the Boro." "Black ...

January 04, 2008 | Special to the Herald | Local


Israel examining Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel is examining a Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt, defense officials said Thursday after at least six Palestinians were killed in a day of Israeli air and ground strikes aimed at stopping rocket salvos from Gaza.

January 04, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Zimbabwe strains under hyperinflation; lines form outside banks for new 750,000 dollar note

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's central bank unveiled new currency notes Thursday with denominations as high as 750,000 dollars as the government tries to ease chronic shortages of cash in a hyperinflationary economy.

January 04, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Hawks down Blazers, winning streak now at 18

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.

January 30, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Seattle repeat a scary prospect for rest of NFL

PHOENIX - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:

January 30, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

January 30, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Cost pressure intensifies for Plant Vogtle

ATLANTA - The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant near Waynesboro that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.

January 30, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

January 30, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


Newberry: Has Ferry been punished enough for comments?

Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.

January 30, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Djokovic defeats Wawrinka, will face Murray in finals

MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.

January 30, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Victim's mother leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. - The mother of the man who former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.

January 30, 2015 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports




Chase Elliott to replace Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

January 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Serena one win away from 19th major title

MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.

January 29, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Belichick, Carroll have different angles

PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.

January 29, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Sports


Tiger's year off to rough start with 2-over 73

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

January 29, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Oregon could make first move in college football free agency

College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.

January 29, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


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