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Arab nations are reluctant to back Iraqi government despite their fears of U.S. withdrawal

AMMAN, Jordan - America's Arab allies fear a quick U.S. departure would plunge Iraq into chaos. But despite U.S. appeals for help this week, the Arabs are reluctant to boost support for Iraq's Shiite-led government, fearing it would increase the influence of their regional rival, Iran.

August 17, 2007 | By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer | Nation


Fisher-Price to recall almost a million toys worldwide because of lead in paint

WASHINGTON - Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys - including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters - because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

August 17, 2007 | By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO and NATASHA T. METZLER Associated Press Writers | Nation


Congress embraces disclosure of earmarks and lobbyists’ fundraising

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to make lawmakers disclose more about their efforts to fund pet projects and raise money from lobbyists, a move some called the biggest advance in congressional ethics in decades.

August 17, 2007 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Russian mini-sub plants flag on Arctic Ocean seabed, returns dive under North Pole ice

MOSCOW - Two deep-diving Russian mini-submarines descended more than 2 1/2 miles under North Pole ice to stake a flag on the ocean floor Thursday, part of a quest to bolster Russian claims to much of the Arctic's oil-and-mineral wealth.

August 17, 2007 | By DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press Writer | Nation


Astrograph 8/2

If you play your opportunities right, the year ahead could be one of your more fortunate periods both materially and personally. Remain optimistic through thick and thin, and you'll capitalize on Dame Fortune's offerings.

August 16, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 8/2

DEAR DR. GOTT: Perhaps you would address a problem I have: nasal polyps. They are so severe that the polyps block off my nasal passages completely and have to be removed surgically with a high-speed cutting tool with suction. This has been going on for about six years, and removal must be done as often as every six to 15 months. There doesn't appear to be any cure, just cutting them out when they become too large and block my breathing. I have had allergy testing done and nothing major showed up. I hope you know more about this ...

August 16, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 8/2

DEAR ABBY: I am a 79-years-young woman living in my own home with my 84-year-old husband, "Jack." Jack was an avid gardener who enjoyed tending our large yard full of roses, fruit trees, and a variety of flowers and vegetables. During the past year, however, Jack's health has deteriorated and he can no longer do much around our home.

August 16, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab bloc withdraws from government; Baghdad bombings kill 70

BAGHDAD - Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, undermining efforts to seek reconciliation among the country's rival factions, and three bombings in Baghdad killed at least 70 people.

August 16, 2007 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writers | Nation


Fear of greater risk driving investors more than actual risk, as credit markets weaken

NEW YORK (AP) - The widening fallout in the U.S. mortgage industry has reminded investors of a risk they had forgotten: the fear of risk itself.

August 16, 2007 | By DAN SEYMOUR Associated Press Writer | Nation


After 6 years, experimental electrodes let brain-injured man speak, eat again, report says

NEW YORK - He was beaten and left for dead one night in a robbery while walking home in 1999. His skull was crushed and his brain severely damaged. The doctor said if he pulled through at all, he'd be a vegetable for the rest of his life.

August 16, 2007 | By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer | Nation


Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld takes no responsibility for misinformation in Tillman case

WASHINGTON - Ex-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other top former Pentagon brass denied any cover-up and rejected personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan.

August 16, 2007 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bridge 8/2

Norman Fischer, a poet and Zen Buddhist priest, said, "We all need to have a creative outlet -- a window, a space -- so we don't lose track of ourselves."

August 16, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Portal enthusiastic at first practice

Spirits were high as the Portal Panthers took the practice field for the first time this fall as coach Justin Chester and his staff started evaluating his team and filling in the holes on the depth chart on an overcast and damp Wednesday on the PHS campus.

August 16, 2007 | | Sports


Police Report - August 1

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.

August 16, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Teixeira homers in Braves debut

ATLANTA - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his Atlanta debut Wednesday night, leading the Braves to a 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

August 16, 2007 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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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


Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Harper Lee's classic to take Averitt stage

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, our nation still is wrestling with the repercussions of decisions our forefathers made multiple generations ago.

January 29, 2015 | By MELINDA ROELL Special to the Herald | Local


Singing songs of the good news

About four years ago, comedian Steve Martin, who is also one great banjo player, wrote an interesting piece of music, "Atheists don't have no songs." Yes, I know that's a double negative. According to Martin, their hymnbook is only one page and if the name of God is there, it's spelled with a lower case "g." Go figure.

January 29, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials




Surprise players could be key

PHOENIX - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

January 28, 2015 | By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Semifinals now set

MELBOURNE - It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

January 28, 2015 | By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer | Sports


US fades in 3-2 loss to Chile

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.

January 28, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to their hometown in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM and RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

WASHINGTON - Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

January 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


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