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New-home sales plunge to lowest level in more than 12 years, heighten recesssion fears

WASHINGTON (AP) - The housing market plunged deeper into despair last month, with sales of new homes plummeting to their lowest level in more than 12 years.

January 12, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


Car bomb in Baghdad market kills 14, ending holiday lull in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD - A car bomb detonated in a busy Baghdad market on Friday, police and hospital officials said, killing at least 14 people and ending what had been a relatively quiet holiday period in the Iraqi capital.

January 12, 2008 | By HAMID AHMED Associated Press Writer | World


White House says Bush will veto defense policy bill

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush plans to veto a sweeping defense policy bill on grounds that language exposing the Iraqi government to damage suits stemming from the Saddam Hussein era would derail Baghdad's efforts to rebuild the country.

January 12, 2008 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | National


Miss France 2008 keeps title despite racy photos but is barred from international pageants

PARIS - Miss France 2008 will keep her crown, despite racy photos that appeared recently in a gossip magazine, but will not compete in the Miss World or Miss Universe pageants.

January 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Eagles rally to 78-69 win in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Georgia Southern men's basketball team shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half and led by as many as 18 points in the final minutes to cruise to a 78-69 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night at the American Bank Center.

January 12, 2008 | Georgia Southern AMR | Georgia Southern


Forget Florida and Arizona: More baby boomers are heading to the Rocky Mountain West

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - John Kerr wasn't dreaming of palm trees and balmy winters when he retired from WGBH, the Boston public TV station known for producing such hits as ''Antiques Roadshow.'' His thoughts had gone West.

January 12, 2008 | By MEAD GRUVER Associated Press Writer | National


Long Island, N.Y., man convicted of killing parents 17 years ago is freed on bail

NEW YORK - Martin Tankleff walked out of court a free man for the first time in the 17 years since he was convicted of murdering his parents. But his next step was less clear.

January 12, 2008 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer | National


God and riches: Senate probe shines light on televangelists’ ‘prosperity gospel’

The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor's living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches.

January 12, 2008 | By ERIC GORSKI AP Religion Writer | National


Bring One for the Chipper helps recycle Christmas trees

Keep Bulloch Beautiful and Anderson's General Store want to "chip" in and help you get your house back in order after the holidays.

January 12, 2008 | Special to the Herald | Local


Washington woman, boyfriend charged with killing 6 members of her family on Christmas Eve

SEATTLE - A woman and her boyfriend were charged Friday with aggravated first-degree murder in the methodical Christmas Eve shootings of her parents, her brother, his wife and their two young children.

January 12, 2008 | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP Associated Press Writer | National


France consigns smoky cafes to history under broadening smoking ban

PARIS - From next week, one of France's most iconic institutions - the smoky cafe - will be but a hazy memory.

January 12, 2008 | By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press Writer | World


Shopowners flee mixed Baghdad neighborhoods, cementing sectarian divide

BAGHDAD - Shiite taxi driver Aly Kaabi used to fear for his life each time his Mercedes needed a spare part. The place to seek replacements was a Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood ruled at the time by militants from al-Qaida in Iraq.

January 12, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | World


2 off-duty Israeli soldiers shot dead by Palestinians, killed 1 assailant before they died

JERUSALEM - Two off-duty Israeli soldiers hiking in the West Bank were killed Friday by Palestinian gunmen but before they died, they managed to fire at their assailants and kill one of them, according to the military and a woman who was with the hikers but escaped unharmed.

January 12, 2008 | By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Today in History - December 27

Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2007. There are four days left in the year.

January 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Boston U. tops Lady Eagles, 70-53

RICHMOND, Va. - Seniors Tiffany Brown and Shawnda Atwood combined for 20 points Thursday night against Boston University, but the Terriers outshot Georgia Southern en route to a 70-53 decision - the first of two games at the Virginia Commonwealth University Christmas tournament at Siegel Center.

January 11, 2008 | Georgia Southern AMR | Georgia Southern


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