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Fidel Castro says he’s relieved to be stepping down as Cuba’s president

HAVANA - Fidel Castro said Friday that he's relieved to be stepping down as Cuba's president, complaining that the process of selecting Cuba's next government ''had left me exhausted.''

March 08, 2008 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces another 6-month cease-fire for his militia

BAGHDAD - Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite militia for another six months, giving Iraq a chance to continue its fragile recovery from brutal sectarian violence.

March 08, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Turkey launches ground incursion into Iraq, escalating conflict with Kurd rebels

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish troops launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels, the military said Friday - a move that dramatically escalates Turkey's conflict with the militants.

March 08, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Storm snarls parts of Northeast, with up to a foot of snow forecast; NYC coated in white

NEW YORK - A winter storm blanketed much of the Northeast on Friday, delaying flights at the region's major airports and causing havoc during the morning commute.

March 08, 2008 | By CLARE TRAPASSO Associated Press Writer | National


Death of former suburban Chicago police officer’s 3rd wife is ruled homicide by drowning

CHICAGO - Amid the search for a former police officer's fourth wife, an autopsy on the exhumed body of the man's third wife found what her relatives have long suspected - her death was no accident.

March 08, 2008 | By F.N. D’ALESSIO Associated Press Writer | National


Georgia Southern baseball postponed

Georgia Southern's season-opening baseball game against Boston College, set for Friday night at 7 p.m. has been postponed due to rain.

March 08, 2008 | Georgia Southern AMR | Georgia Southern


Local Roundup: SEB blanks East Laurens

The Southeast Bulloch boys soccer team traveled to Dublin Thursday night to take on the East Laurens Falcons in winter monsoon conditions.

March 08, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Sports


Man faces sentencing in Calif. investment scam targeting seniors that netted more than $190M

LA HABRA, Calif. - William Miller dreamed of traveling to Italy with his wife and fixing up their modest house with the money he saved while working for 36 years for Chevron Corp.

March 08, 2008 | By GREG RISLING Associated Press Writer | National


Soybean farmers face choice: Refine for food or fuel? Biodiesel sales small but growing

BISMARCK, N.D. - One oilseed crushing plant in eastern North Dakota is switching from soybeans to canola. A few miles away, farmers are banking on a bright future with beans, with plans for a crushing plant of their own.

March 08, 2008 | By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press Writer | National


Plate Parity? Ga. House votes to crack down on Fla. vanity plates

ATLANTA - The football rivalry between Georgia and Florida spilled over to the statehouse Thursday as House members piled on to tackle vanity plates promoting Georgia's longtime football nemesis.

March 07, 2008 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | National


Success against ailing spy satellite is a boost for missile defense advocates

WASHINGTON - The stunning image of a Navy missile streaking into outer space at 6,000 mph to obliterate an orbiting spy satellite boosts the credibility of missile-defense advocates. Yet questions remain whether that success could be duplicated against a surprise, real-world attack.

March 07, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Washington


Stranger donates kidney to 8-year-old girl after seeing flier

ATLANTA - The picture of the smiling little girl on the flier was more than Laura Bolan could take.

March 07, 2008 | By DORIE TURNER Associated Press Writer | National


Studies show naps, mammograms and blood-sugar tests can reveal risk of suffering stroke

NEW ORLEANS - What do mammograms, blood-sugar tests and daytime dozing have in common? All may offer clues that someone is headed for a stroke, new studies suggest.

March 07, 2008 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Medical Writer | National


The bad luck o’ the Irish: Apostrophes can confuse computers, mess up your dental appointment

NEW YORK - It can stop you from voting, destroy your dental appointments, make it difficult to rent a car or book a flight, even interfere with your college exams.

March 07, 2008 | By SEAN ODRISCOLL Associated Press Writer | National


Astrograph 2/22

Although you may have to go through some tough problems in the year ahead, a more secure and independent you will emerge as a result. You'll be better equipped to handle complex issues better than ever before.

March 07, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


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