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Massacre at Virginia Tech voted top news story of 2007

NEW YORK - The massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech by a mentally disturbed student gunman was chosen the top story of 2007 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press' annual vote.

January 04, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | National

Police Report - December 21

(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 04, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report

Queen Elizabeth II reaches milestone as oldest British monarch

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half century - one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement.

January 04, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Holloway suspect referred to her death in Internet chat, Aruba prosecutor says

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - One of three top suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway wrote during an Internet chat session that the teenager was dead, Aruba's chief prosecutor said Thursday.

January 04, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Suicide bombing northeast of Iraqi capital kills 14, including 1 US soldier

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a city council meeting in a town northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 14 civilians during a four-day Islamic holiday, a morgue official said. The U.S. military said one soldier was killed and 10 were wounded.

January 04, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Man who was lost in Calif. mountains for 3 days with 3 kids says he overcame fear with faith

PARADISE, Calif. - A man who was lost in the mountains along with his three children for three days during a snowstorm said he was terrified they wouldn't make it out alive, but he remained strong for his children and relied on his faith.

January 04, 2008 | By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press Writer | National

Study in Romania finds foster care better for kids’ brains than orphanages

WASHINGTON - Toddlers rescued from orphanages and placed in good foster homes score dramatically higher on IQ tests years later than children who were left behind, concludes a one-of-a-kind project in Romania that has profound implications for child welfare around the globe.

January 04, 2008 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | National

Review: Vudu does movie magic, but is hamstrung by Hollywood

NEW YORK - For a few years, technology companies have been racing to find a way to get movies from the Internet to the living-room TV in a way that will get consumers excited.

January 04, 2008 | By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer | National

Inmate claims suspect in 4 killings aboard charter fishing boat admitted his role in deaths

MIAMI - A jail inmate told investigators that a suspect in the killings of four people aboard a charter fishing boat admitted his role in their shooting deaths, but insisted he did not pull the trigger, according to court documents.

January 04, 2008 | By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Writer | National

Inmate who spent 2 decades behind bars in Ohio hospitalized just before hearing to free him

TOLEDO, Ohio - A man who spent 20 years on death row before his sentence was overturned was hospitalized Thursday, just hours before he planned to enter a plea that would have freed him.

January 04, 2008 | By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Writer | National

California citrus growers sue Florida, saying quarantine of imported fruit discriminatory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For decades, a common fungus found on citrus in California was so insignificant that farmers say they nearly forgot about it.

January 04, 2008 | By AARON C. DAVIS Associated Press Writer | National

Florida officials went to extraordinary lengths in custody fight over Cuban girl

MIAMI - Top Florida officials say they treated the politically charged custody fight over a young Cuban girl like any other case, but documents obtained by The Associated Press show they took extraordinary steps to stop the youngster's father from taking her back to the communist island.

January 04, 2008 | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ Associated Press Writer | National

After the bombing, Bhutto faces challenge to attract crowds on the campaign trail

MIRPURKHAS, Pakistan - Bringing her election campaign to her home province, Benazir Bhutto vowed that neither bullets nor bombs could keep her away from the Pakistani people.

January 04, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Former Guantanamo detainee reunited with family in Britain

LONDON - A British resident released from the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay was reunited with his family Thursday for the first time in five years after a judge rejected a Spanish request to jail him on suspicion of belonging to an al-Qaida cell.

January 04, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Officials have enough evidence to bring corruption charges against Zuma: SAfrican prosecutor

POLOKWANE, South Africa - South Africa's top prosecutor said Thursday he had enough evidence to bring corruption charges against Jacob Zuma, the man standing in line to be the country's next president. Zuma responded: ''If I have a case to answer, then take me to court.''

January 04, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

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Supreme Court's election-year lineup

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's lineup of new cases is fit for an election year.

November 30, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Suspect in Planned Parenthood clinic attack makes 1st court appearance

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that ...

November 30, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

LOS ANGELES - New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security - and ...

November 30, 2015 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Associated Press

Ogeechee Tech Boards earn recognition from state

The Ogeechee Technical College Board of Directors and the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees recently received recognition at the Fall Leadership Conference ...

November 30, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local

Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Complete Car Care owner feels 'blessed'

This is the time of year that we like to reflect back on our many blessings.

November 30, 2015 | | Local

Man shot at Bulloch party

A man shot during a party on NeSmith Road is recovering, but Bulloch County Sheriff's investigators are seeking information on the incident.

November 30, 2015 | From staff reports | Local

Long wait times plague Social Security disability process

MIAMI - Diabetes, arthritis and open-heart surgery have kept Sherice Bennett from working, but she can't afford her medicine and became homeless while waiting for ...

November 28, 2015 | By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press | Associated Press

Suspect in Colorado attack called recluse who left few clues

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A gunman who police say staged a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic was a recluse who stashed food in the ...

November 28, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

At least 11 hurt in standoff at Colorado clinic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A gunman was arrested Friday hours after opening fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, wounding multiple people and engaging in ...

November 27, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

The end for Black Friday?

NEW YORK - The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over.

November 27, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press

Local downtown holiday celebration set for Friday

Santa is coming to downtown, along with the Christmas train, the tree lighting, the holiday parade and the Run the Boro 5K, as First Friday ...

November 27, 2015 | From staff reports | Local

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