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Shelling, gunbattles kill at least 17 in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortar rounds slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday and gunbattles erupted across the city, killing 17 people hours after a government official said radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.

December 28, 2007 | By SALAD DUHUL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Algiers suicide bombers had been jailed, released in amnesty; death toll now 37

ALGIERS, Algeria - Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official said Thursday.

December 28, 2007 | By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Musharraf to end emergency rule, restore constitution Saturday, says official

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf will lift Pakistan's state of emergency only after changing the constitution to ensure he cannot be hauled before a court, a senior official said Thursday, as lawyers held more protests against the retired general.

December 28, 2007 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pentagon chief opens talks with NATO allies on boosting Afghan mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday began two days of talks with allied defense and diplomatic officials on how to re-energize and reinforce NATO efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the radical Taliban insurgency has managed to increase its attacks in recent months.

December 28, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 12/13

DEAR DR. GOTT: Because of gastrointestinal symptoms and lower-left chest pain, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. While describing my symptoms and giving a history, the doctor was at his computer taking notes. He also accessed my records at the hospital where he is on staff and where I have had many tests and procedures.

December 28, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Pelosi says Republicans ‘like’ the Iraq war, will pay a price

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

December 28, 2007 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


Mother of Omaha mall shooter apologizes for her son’s actions and says ’I did my best’

OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.

December 28, 2007 | By JOSH FUNK Associated Press Writer | National


With death penalty in legal limbo, the consequences of abolition come into focus

NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.

December 28, 2007 | By DAVID CRARY Associated Press Writer | National


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to pay $20M in corruption probe; no prosecution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.

December 28, 2007 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer | National


12-7 vote sends contempt citations against Rove, Bolten to full Senate

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


1 suspect arrested in Denver in Las Vegas school bus stop shooting that injured 6 people

LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old man was arrested in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six young people, police said, and authorities were searching Thursday for a second suspect.

December 28, 2007 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Winter storm hits Northeast after leaving the Plains and Midwest in the dark

COLUMBIA, Conn. - A deadly winter storm brought snow and sleet to the Northeast on Thursday, while crews in the Plains and Midwest worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark in its ice-coated wake.

December 28, 2007 | By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Writer | National


Merck makes third try for over-the-counter cholesterol drug

WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | National


Bridge 12/13

Most deals feature standard card-play techniques: count winners, count losers, establish tricks, gain trump tricks by ruffing, and so on. But the deals that sort the women out from the girls are those requiring more specialized handling. Englishman David Bird has put a good selection of these into "Off-Road Declarer Play" (Master Point Press).

December 28, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


House OKs bill banning CIA waterboarding, harsh interrogations; White House threatens veto

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.

December 28, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | National


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Portal finishes second in state

It appears as though the tides have turned for female athletics at Portal Middle-High School. First the girls track team shocked Class A public schools by finishing second in the state competition. Just a few days later, the Lady Panthers' golf team narrowly missed earning a state title at the GHSA Class A golf championships.

May 27, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


FIFA in hot water

ZURICH - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

May 27, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


SEC to 'substantially' increase fines for rushing fields

DESTIN, Fla. - The Southeastern Conference has been fining its schools for rushing fields and storming courts since 2004.

May 27, 2015 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks hoping for bright future

ATLANTA - The season didn't end like they wanted.

May 27, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Augusta man pleads guilty to seeking to join Islamic State

AUGUSTA - A 37-year-old Georgia salesman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he supported terrorists, saying he bought a one-way ticket overseas to join the Islamic State group.

May 27, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Cleanup begins in Texas

HOUSTON - Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing.

May 27, 2015 | By SETH ROBBINS and JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press | Associated Press


Good day for host nation at French Open

PARIS - Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators.

May 27, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports






SHS golfer signs with SSU Tigers

In front of friends, family and fellow golfers, Statesboro High School's Jordan Woody signed his national letter of intent to attend Savannah State University on a golf scholarship Tuesday afternoon in the school's media center.

May 26, 2015 | HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Hawks' season ends with sweep

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title.

May 26, 2015 | TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


All eyes on Manziel during practice

BEREA, Ohio - Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same.

May 26, 2015 | TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Ogeechee Technical College set to host Go Back. Move Ahead. event

Many Ogeechee Technical College students are going back to college to finish their degrees and the state of Georgia is hoping more adults will do so. Today, less than 45 percent of our state's workforce is prepared to meet the demands of Georgia employers, creating a need for an additional 250,000 graduates above and beyond current graduation rates just to meet the demand and remain economically competitive.

May 26, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local




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