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Pakistan opposition parties deadlocked over election demands

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's opposition parties remained deadlocked Friday after three days of talks to draft conditions they want the government to meet for their participation in next month's elections.

December 22, 2007 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | Nation


Dutch suspect in Natalee Holloway case freed after Aruba judge’s ruling

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - A judge Friday ordered the release of the last of three suspects re-arrested last month in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, ruling the evidence was not strong enough to continue holding him.

December 22, 2007 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Nation


ECI earns shot at Class A football title

ATLANTA - Washaun Ealey ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns to lead Emanuel County Institute to a 35-14 win over Clinch County in the Class A state semifinals on Friday.

December 22, 2007 | The Associated Press | Sports


Murdoch installs new CEO, publisher at Dow Jones; son James takes on bigger role

NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch installed his own leadership team at Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. on Friday, a week before his acquisition of the company is expected to close. He also tapped his son James as heir apparent to his media empire News Corp.

December 22, 2007 | By SETH SUTEL AP Business Writer | Nation


Skeptical Russia ignores Rice calls for new Iran sanctions

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday the United States would continue along a two-track strategy to deal with Iran, pressing for new sanctions and demanding Tehran come clean about its nuclear program while offering talks to sweeten the deal. But Russia ignored her calls to punish Iran.

December 22, 2007 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Former aide to ex-Rep. Weldon pleads guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud

WASHINGTON - The one-time top aide to former Rep. Curt Weldon pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement.

December 22, 2007 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police release first images of Omaha mall gunman; surveillance shots show teen raising gun

OMAHA, Neb. - In the first surveillance images released of a teenage gunman's shopping mall rampage, the shaggy-haired assailant can be seen raising an assault rifle to fire in front of a department store mannequin.

December 22, 2007 | By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


FMB AOTW: Ferguson aleader for SHS

Eric Ferguson has become Statesboro's go-to guy.

December 21, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Sports


Astrograph 12/06

Although your probabilities for success are stronger than usual in the year ahead, you must take care that you don't take on more than you can comfortably handle. Focus only on your most meaningful goals.

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


Congress drops legislation that would have expanded hate crimes laws to cover attacks on gays

WASHINGTON - Congress has dropped legislation that would have expanded hate crime laws to include attacks on gays after it became clear the measure wouldn't pass the House, aides said Thursday.

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


Veto power could give Bush upper hand in budget fight with Democrats

WASHINGTON - Republicans in Congress are divided over how President Bush should play his strong hand in the rush to leave town before Christmas.

December 21, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pakistani lawyers protest, ex-PM Sharif blocked from home of dismissed chief justice

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Thousands of lawyers boycotted courts across Pakistan on Thursday while police blocked former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his supporters from marching to the heavily guarded home of the deposed Supreme Court chief justice.

December 21, 2007 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police: Gunman may have smuggled rifle into mall in a sweat shirt

OMAHA, Neb. - The teenage gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a department store may have smuggled an assault rifle into the mall underneath clothing, police said Thursday.

December 21, 2007 | By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer | Nation


Deal reached with mortgage industry for 5-year rate freeze

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of thousands of strapped homeowners could get some relief from a plan negotiated by the Bush administration to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages that are scheduled to rise in the coming months.

December 21, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Rice wins support from 2 key European allies for new sanctions against Iran

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won support Thursday on Iran from two key European allies, France and Germany, whose leaders urged continued pressure on Tehran because of its nuclear program, saying the country remains a danger.

December 21, 2007 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Nation


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