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Gay marriage? Unrestricted travel? Cubans are increasingly speaking their minds

HAVANA - Taking up Raul Castro's invitation to speak their minds without fear of reprisal, more Cubans have begun publicly complaining and challenging government policies on everything from limits on Internet access to travel restrictions.

February 21, 2008 | By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Military: al-Qaida videos shows boys in training as Iraqi insurgency’s ‘new generation’

BAGHDAD - Boys in soccer jerseys don black masks and grab weapons. They scramble over mud-brick walls, blast down doors and hold guns to the heads of residents inside.

February 21, 2008 | By LAUREN FRAYER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Neo-Nazi graffiti found on building where 9 people died in a fire

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany - Neo-Nazi graffiti was found scrawled on the entrance to a Turkish cultural center at a building where nine people - including five children - were killed in a fire, police said Wednesday.

February 21, 2008 | By GUIDO RIJKHOEK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police Report - February 6

(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 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Taliban militants in Pakistan declare cease-fire

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Taliban militants declared a cease-fire Wednesday in fighting with Pakistani forces, and the government said it was preparing for peace talks with al-Qaida-linked extremists in the lawless tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.

February 21, 2008 | By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Ask Dr. Gott 2/7

DEAR DR. GOTT: Please tell your readers who have uterine prolapse about the easy, inexpensive, nonsurgical solution of a pessary. I can't believe what a difference this has made in the quality of my life. I was feeling pressure and had a constant urge to urinate that was very distressing. I have had a pessary in for several years now and it's great! I still have to get up several times a night, and there is still some stress incontinence, but I'm comfortable.

February 21, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 2/7

DEAR ABBY: My husband is 56. His daughter, "Loreen," from his first marriage is 35. At times when he gives her a hug (as she's leaving from a visit) he will slap her on the butt. This makes me uncomfortable because it seems inappropriate at her age. I have told him how this makes me feel; he says it's something he has always done with both of his children. (He also has a son.)

February 21, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


AP: Military confirms secret lockup for top detainees inside Guantanamo

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded - a jailhouse so protected that its very location is top secret.

February 21, 2008 | By ANDREW O. SELSKY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Three companies indicted over contaminated pet food that may have killed thousands of animals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company were indicted Wednesday in the tainted pet food incidents that killed potentially thousands of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China.

February 21, 2008 | By DAVID TWIDDY AP Business Writer | National


Rice says NATO facing test in Afghanistan and fight will be long and difficult

LONDON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the fight in Afghanistan won't be won quickly and Defense Secretary Robert Gates scolded NATO countries who haven't committed combat troops ''willing to fight and die'' to defeat a resurgent Taliban.

February 21, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Associated Press


Palestinian rocket wounds 2 Israeli girls; Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

JERUSALEM - Hamas militants fired a rocket into an Israeli border village, wounding two young sisters as they played outside their home. The attack followed Israel airstrikes against Gaza militants and threats of an ''all-front'' war on the Islamic group.

February 21, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Civil rights icons backing Clinton have little company

ATLANTA - When Barack Obama was declared the winner of Georgia's Democratic presidential primary, the Sweet Lowdown restaurant in midtown Atlanta echoed with whoops of glee as dozens of young, black professionals celebrated his win with raised martini glasses.

February 21, 2008 | By ERRIN HAINES Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Full press conference - Hatcher on GSU's signing day 2008

GSU press conference - Signing Day 2008

February 21, 2008 | VINCE JOHNSON & ALEX PELLEGRINO vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Georgia Southern


Clinton lends her campaign $5 million as rival Barack Obama outraised her

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million late last month as Barack Obama outraised and outspent her in the Democratic presidential race.

February 21, 2008 | By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano erupts, prompts evacuation order for 3,000

QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot columns of ash miles into the air on Wednesday, as officials ordered the evacuation of 3,000 villagers living near its slopes.

February 21, 2008 | By GONZALO SOLANO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Worth the wait

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Megan Rapinoe strolled around taking selfies, occasionally sipping bubbly with her teammates and trying to balance the Women's World Cup championship trophy on her head.

July 06, 2015 | By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer | Sports


A win, then a hug: Serena Williams tops Venus

LONDON (AP) - Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus - older, taller, stronger - who usually beat Serena.

July 06, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Blue Devil Golf to host fundraising tournament

July 06, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare

CHICAGO - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.

July 06, 2015 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Court: Georgia official can set Vidalia onion packing date

ATLANTA - Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled.

July 06, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

July 06, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Associated Press


Boating education course to be held in Brooklet July 9

Georgia law requires all boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, to take a boating education course before operating a motorized vessel on the state's waters. This requirement is an effort to educate boaters and increase safety awareness. Persons needing to meet these requirements can take online courses or a classroom course offered by conservation officers at select locations around the state. For information about online courses, go to www.goboatgeorgia.com and click "Boating," then "Boater Education."

July 06, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - FDIC lifts regulatory order directing FMB

The business and banking community breathed a long sigh of relief as the regulatory order for Statesboro's Farmers and Merchants Bank was lifted by the FDIC.

July 06, 2015 | | Local


'Fill the Bus' begins 2015 campaign

For the second consecutive year, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are partnering for "Fill the Bus," an annual back-to-school supply drive. Fill the Bus allows citizens the opportunity to provide school supplies for children in need in the Bulloch County school system.

July 06, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.

July 06, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


McIlroy injures ankle, Open Championship in doubt

LONDON - Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

July 06, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Crashes mar third stage of Tour de France

HUY, Belgium - British rider Chris Froome took the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after finishing second behind Spanish veteran Joacquim Rodriguez in Monday's crash-marred third stage, as a second straight day of chaos caused around 20 riders to fall and several to quit.

July 06, 2015 | By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Son likely untruthful about smoking habits

Q: We just discovered that our 17-year-old is using nicotine. He tells us he's been using for the past several months, smoking two to four cigarettes a day to cope with academic anxiety and relationships. He tends to be socially reserved and has been struggling with academics of late. He appears contrite and remorseful and has said, "I should never have gotten started with this stuff in the first place."

July 05, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Two women born in 1800s still living

When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s.

July 05, 2015 | By ANTONIO CALANNI and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press | Life


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