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Iraqi lawmakers pass laws setting date for provincial elections and allotting 2008 budget

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament on Wednesday passed three key pieces of legislation that set a date for provincial elections, allot $48 billion for 2008 spending, and provide limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody.

February 28, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

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Although you have to shoulder bigger responsibilities where your work or career is concerned in the year ahead, don't let it intimidate you. Keep in mind that the returns will be larger as well, and that is motivation enough.

February 28, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

AP Centerpiece: Toy makers tweak lines to offset rising costs, but say prices will still rise

NEW YORK - Next holiday, that toy that was supposed to talk for a minute will talk for 40 seconds, and that portable electronic quiz game will ask fewer questions.

February 28, 2008 | By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Business Writer | National

British court quashes conviction of students jailed for downloading terrorist material

LONDON - A British court on Wednesday overturned the convictions of five students jailed for downloading information on bomb-making and terrorism from the Internet.

February 28, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Rape being used as weapon in Kenya’s ethnic violence, hospitals and clinics report

NAIROBI, Kenya - Looting, arson and murder have become hallmarks of Kenya's conflict over a disputed presidential election. Another, less talked about tactic in the violence that has degenerated into ethnic clashes: rape.

February 28, 2008 | By KATY POWNALL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Billionaire prominent in Georgian opposition dies in Britain after alleging murder plot

LONDON - The richest man in the former Soviet state of Georgia was found dead in his mansion near London less than two months after claiming he was the target of an assassination plot for helping lead a protest movement against his homeland's government.

February 28, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Ga. lawmakers eye tobacco tax hike for first time in five years

ATLANTA - For the first time in five years, state lawmakers are looking at raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.

February 28, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Officials say 3 children killed in house fire in Sidney, Ohio, 5 others escape

SIDNEY, Ohio - A house fire killed three children and their bodies were buried inside when part of the structure collapsed into the basement, a fire official said Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Chertoff: Virtual fence on Southwest border will get government’s stamp of approval

WASHINGTON - The government plans to approve a 28-mile virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | Washington

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Comedienne Jackie "Moms" Mabley said, "Love is like playing checkers. You have to know which man to move."

February 28, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Region tournament scores

LOUISVILLE - Screven County's girls (19-7) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region 3-AA tournament with a 59-34 win over Metter on Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Sports

Snow and ice blankets Ohio Valley, closing schools and making roads hazardous

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Snow and ice spread across the Ohio Valley on Tuesday, closing schools, knocking out power for thousands of homes and businesses and collapsing a bakery roof.

February 27, 2008 | By WILL GRAVES Associated Press Writer | National

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In "Themes and Variations," Aldous Huxley wrote, "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."

February 27, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

50 cars damaged, about 12 people hurt in pileup on foggy central California highway

FRESNO, Calif. - Fifty vehicles piled up in a chain-reaction accident in dense fog Tuesday, scattering mangled cars along a three-mile stretch of highway and injuring as many as a dozen people, the California Highway Patrol said.

February 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Not a toy: Fire officials seek ban on lighters that look like skateboards, phones and animals

DES MOINES, Iowa - The cartoonish plastic frog with bulging eyes could be a children's toy - but for the torch-like flame that bursts from the novelty lighter's head.

February 27, 2008 | By AMY LORENTZEN Associated Press Writer | National

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Mall stores must open on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK - Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.

November 24, 2015 | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer | Associated Press

Don't let airlines lose your luggage this holiday season

NEW YORK - Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage - December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags.

November 24, 2015 | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer | Associated Press

GOP readies next assault on health care law, Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight ...

November 24, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press

US traffic deaths rise sharply

DETROIT - After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from ...

November 24, 2015 | By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer | Associated Press

SEB can't contain Knights

Southeast Bulloch started off strong, but couldn't finish in a 48-28 loss to Windsor Forest on the second night of the Ladies Night Out ...

November 24, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN | Prep Sports 360

NCAA committee delays plan to fill bowls with losing teams

The NCAA football oversight committee will wait until next week to complete a plan for matching sub-.500 teams with bowls if there are not ...

November 24, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports

Marshall brothers caught in middle of UGA-GT rivalry

ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry this year will feature a Thanksgiving feast that brings opposing players to the same dinner table.

November 24, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports

Outdoor Life: Rabbit season an opportunity to hear some 'Hound Music'

The season for hunting rabbits opens this month and runs through late February. Pursuing this wily critter of the outdoors has been a passion of ...

November 24, 2015 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports

Georgia Tech hopes to end bad season on high note

ATLANTA (AP) - Paul Johnson has heard Georgia Tech fans say the Yellow Jackets' record doesn't matter as long as they beat in-state rival Georgia.

November 23, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Georgia Tech

In the Pits: Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

November 23, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR

Devils dump Southeast Bulloch

Statesboro High School faced a familiar foe for the Lady Blue Devils' Ladies Night Out event Monday night, hosted by SHS.

November 23, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN | Prep Sports 360

US airport taxi times on the rise

NEW YORK - On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International ...

November 23, 2015 | By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Airlines Writer | Associated Press

Researchers hatch malaria-resistant mosquitoes

WASHINGTON - California researchers hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and then gave evolution a shove - using a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on that protective ...

November 23, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

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