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Retailers report May results above expectations

NEW YORK - Tax rebate checks gave consumers a little extra money in their pockets during May, but most were still spending conservatively, buying necessities such as food and gas and shying away from splurging on clothing or furniture. The result was some better-than-expected sales for the nation's retailers, with lower-priced merchants like discounters and wholesale clubs showing the strongest gains.

June 20, 2008 | By MAE ANDERSON AP Business Writer | National


Dear Abby 6/5

DEAR ABBY: Our parents make my sister and me go with them to visit our grandparents one Saturday a month. They live two hours away. We don't like having to waste our Saturday this way. My sister and I are 15 and 16, and we're old enough to stay home alone. When we are there, all we do is sit there bored while our parents and grandparents talk.

June 19, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Electricity outages anger, frustrate Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan is experiencing its worst electricity shortages in years, and the signs are everywhere.

June 19, 2008 | By NAHAL TOOSI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Citizens complain about boat ramp near Dover at commission meeting

Conditions of a boat landing on the Ogeechee River have deteriorated to the point that citizens complained during the Bulloch County Commission meeting Tuesday.

June 19, 2008 | By HOLLI DEAL BRAGG | Local


United slashes staff, planes as it tries to save money

CHICAGO - United Airlines said Wednesday that it's cutting up to 1,100 more jobs, removing an additional 70 fuel-guzzling airplanes from its fleet and slashing domestic capacity as it tries to cope with spiraling fuel prices.

June 19, 2008 | By ASHLEY M. HEHER AP Business Writer | National


Truck explosion kills 18 in Baghdad, wounds 75

BAGHDAD - A tractor-trailer loaded with Shiite militia rockets accidentally exploded Wednesday in a densely populated area of northeast Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 75, the U.S. military said. It was the deadliest explosion in Baghdad in more than two months.

June 19, 2008 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


McMahon fighting foreclosure on Beverly Hills home

LOS ANGELES - Ed McMahon, who for decades appeared as Johnny Carson's sidekick on ''The Tonight Show,'' is fighting to avoid foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home, according to published reports.

June 19, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


China cordons off schools collapsed by quake

DUJIANGYAN, China - Authorities cordoned off some schools that collapsed in last month's mighty earthquake, keeping out grieving parents and reporters Wednesday in a sign that Beijing was becoming increasingly nervous over accusations of shoddy construction.

June 19, 2008 | By CARA ANNA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Outcry after French court rules on virginity

PARIS - The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage - and a French judge agreed.

June 19, 2008 | By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US flotilla leaving Myanmar coast with aid aboard

YANGON, Myanmar - U.S. Navy ships laden with relief supplies will steam away from Myanmar's coast Thursday, their helicopters barred by the ruling junta even though millions of cyclone survivors need food, shelter or medical care.

June 19, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Productivity improves while wage pressures moderate

WASHINGTON - Worker productivity increased at a faster pace in the first three months of this year than previously estimated, while wage pressures moderated.

June 19, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Saudi king opens conference on interfaith dialogue

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's king urged a gathering of Muslim scholars Wednesday to open religious dialogue with Christians and Jews. But politics intruded as a senior Iranian figure said the Islamic world should stand up to the U.S. and its ''international arrogance.''

June 19, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Teens are sending nude photos via cell phone

HARTFORD, Conn. - Passing notes in study hall or getting your best friend to ask a boy if he likes you or, you know, LIKES you, is so last century. Nowadays, teenagers are snapping naked pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sending them to their boyfriends and girlfriends.

June 19, 2008 | By STEPHANIE REITZ Associated Press Writer | National


Police Report - June 5

(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.)

June 19, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Shehan, Hill have good chance to go in MLB Draft

Georgia Southern's Chris Shehan and Statesboro High's Tony Hill have a more than favorable shot at being drafted in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, which begins today.

Shehan plans to spend today on a golf course near his home in Pennsylvania with his older brother and father, who can hopefully distract him from the baseball world.

June 19, 2008 | By ALEX PELLEGRINO and CHAD BISHOP Herald Sports Writers | Sports


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