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Hostage takers threaten to kill 3-year-old British girl kidnapped in Nigeria, mother says

PORT HARCOURT - The sobbing mother of a British girl kidnapped in Nigeria said Friday her 3-year old is under threat of death and living on bread and water, as police promised to free her without resorting to force.

July 21, 2007 | By NIYI BABADE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Dear Abby 7/7

DEAR ABBY: I am being married this summer. It will be a fairly large wedding with 185 guests. My fiance's parents and grandparents are very supportive. The problem is my mother. She's an alcoholic.

July 21, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Feds detail alleged dogfighting operation at Vick property

SURRY, Va. - A property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was used as the ''main staging area for housing and training the pit bulls involved'' in an alleged dogfighting operation, according to court documents.

July 21, 2007 | By HANK KURZ JR. and MICHAEL FELBERBAUM Associated Press Writers | Sports


GOP senators’ breaks with Bush on Iraq raise question of who’ll be next

WASHINGTON - After the recent defection of prominent Republicans on the Iraq war, the big question in Washington is who might be next.

July 21, 2007 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police Report - July 7

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.

July 21, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Ask Dr. Gott 7/7

DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has occasional bouts with difficulty in swallowing. It seems as though his esophagus contracts, and he is unable to swallow at all for one half to two hours. During this time, great quantities of phlegm come up. He is 78 years old, and I worry that as he ages, he might choke. He usually has bouts two or three times a year, and this has been going on for many years. He does not mention this to the doctor when he has physicals, but I am concerned. Is there anything to help his attacks or ...

July 21, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Giuliani: Money drives campaign schedules

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Support in early voting states such as South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire is important, but Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani explained Friday that he has to follow the money.

July 21, 2007 | By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press Writer | Local


Astrograph 7/7

Your natural leadership qualities, along with your managerial and organizational abilities, will be very pronounced. This could be one of your better years for accomplishing extraordinary feats.

July 21, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Hurricane Center director won’t resign amid staff rebellion

MIAMI - The new director of the National Hurricane Center, under fire from staff members who want him ousted, said Friday that he doesn't plan to resign but will if that would benefit the public.

July 21, 2007 | By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP Poll: Little faith in government screening US visitors, handling disease outbreak

WASHINGTON - The public has little faith the government is adequately screening visitors to the country or could cope with an outbreak of an infectious disease, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.

July 21, 2007 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Braves snap skid

LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones homered, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added RBI singles and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.

July 20, 2007 | The Associated Press | Sports


West sizzles through heat wave topping 100

LOS ANGELES - A heat wave sizzling across the West showed little sign of letting up Thursday, with Las Vegas forecast to tie a record high and even northern Idaho expected to top 100 degrees.

"You can become dehydrated really quick before you know it. You step outside and, 'wow,'" said Charlie Schlott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.

July 20, 2007 | The Associated Press | Nation


Man wanted for snatching woman's purse

Statesboro Police are seeking a man they said snatched a purse from a woman Monday. The victim told officers she was at Sea Island Bank's main branch parking lot on East Vine Street, and had just got out of her car when a man walked up and shoved her, causing her to strike her head on the car, said Statesboro Police Capt. L. C. Williams.

July 20, 2007 | Herald staff reports | Local


Smoltz’s shoulder still questionable

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves say the results of an examination on John Smoltz's sore right shoulder may not be known until Monday.

July 20, 2007 | The Associated Press | Sports


Sharpton, Lowery, others hold vigil for Genarlow Wilson

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Standing on the steps of the Douglas County Courthouse, the Rev. Al Sharpton embraced the mother and sister of Genarlow Wilson, joining hundreds of supporters Thursday in continuing to demand Wilson's immediate release from prison.

July 20, 2007 | By ERRIN HAINES Associated Press Writer | Local


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