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Police Report - February 8

(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.)

February 22, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Retailers report weakest January results in nearly 4 decades as shoppers pull back further

NEW YORK - The nation's retailers delivered more evidence of a stumbling economy Thursday, as merchants reported their weakest January performance in nearly four decades, extending a malaise that has deepened since the holiday shopping season.

February 22, 2008 | By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Business Writer | National


McCain seals GOP nomination as Romney suspends campaign

WASHINGTON - John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering campaign. ''I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,'' Romney told conservatives.

February 22, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI | Campaign 2008


Obama campaign says he’s raised $7 million since Super Tuesday, Clinton pulls in $4 million

NEW ORLEANS - Democrat Barack Obama raised $7.2 million in less than 48 hours post Super Tuesday and rival Hillary Rodham Clinton collected $4 million, giving him a financial edge that's caused consternation within a Clinton campaign clamoring for attention-getting debates.

February 22, 2008 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Disappointed conservatives debate their options as McCain’s triumph looms

WASHINGTON - Conservatives are nearly resigned to seeing front-runner John McCain capture the Republican presidential nomination, but they are still debating whether to stay home in November or to try to influence his positions and choice of a running mate.

February 22, 2008 | By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Automated ’robo-calls’ targeted by state and federal officials

WASHINGTON - The Clinton campaign has complained about them. So has Mitt Romney. Plenty of voters have vented, too. Those sometimes nasty and annoying recorded political phone calls known as ''robo-calls'' can drive people nuts - and states are trying to crack down on them.

February 22, 2008 | By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Encrypted laptop poses 5th Amendment dilemma in Vermont child-pornography case

BURLINGTON, Vt. - When Sebastien Boucher stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border, agents who inspected his laptop said they found files containing child pornography.

February 22, 2008 | By JOHN CURRAN Associated Press Writer | National


Midwest digs out from snow that strands hundreds of motorists; Great Lakes braces for flooding

MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of motorists were stranded in a massive traffic pileup on Thursday, frustrated air passengers were trying to reschedule their trips and dozens of schools were closed as the Midwest dug out from a major snowstorm.

February 22, 2008 | By JOHN HARTZELL Associated Press Writer | National


Atlantis’ 7-man crew short on space experience — for good reason, NASA says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis' seven-man crew is short on space experience, but that's on purpose. NASA wants to give as many rookie astronauts a shot at space before the shuttles are retired in less than three years.

February 22, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | National


Shuttle Atlantis blasts off after lengthy delay, carrying Columbus lab to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After two months of delay, shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit Thursday with Europe's gift to the international space station, a $2 billion science lab named Columbus that spent years waiting to set sail.

February 22, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | National


Man suspected of shooting wife in Ohio elementary school found dead in home, police say

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - A teacher's husband charged into her fifth-grade classroom Thursday morning, then stabbed and shot her as students watched, police said. He later was found dead in his home after apparently shooting himself during a standoff with police.

February 22, 2008 | By TERRY KINNEY Associated Press Writer | National


Merck paying $671M to settle with government over drug rebates

TRENTON, N.J. - Merck & Co. will pay $671 million to settle claims it overcharged government health programs for four popular drugs and gave doctors fees and gifts to induce them to prescribe its drugs, U.S. prosecutors and company officials said Thursday.

February 22, 2008 | <By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Business Writer | National


Couple and dog stranded for 12 days in southwestern Utah found alive by snowplow driver

SALT LAKE CITY - A couple and their dog stranded for 12 days when their truck got stuck in the snow survived by rationing what little food they had, starting the truck periodically for heat and then hiking through waist-deep snow for three days.

February 22, 2008 | By ACE STRYKER Associated Press Writer | National


Woman pleads guilty to hate crime against black woman who was abused by whites in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A white woman pleaded guilty to a hate crime and other charges Thursday in the kidnapping and torture of a black woman who authorities say was held captive for days last summer.

February 22, 2008 | By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER Associated Press Writer | National


US threatens to bar visits by Kenyan politicians and businessmen linked to election violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - Washington is wielding a visa weapon against prominent Kenyans who have allegedly encouraged weeks of postelection bloodshed, threatening to bar politicians and businessmen from visiting the U.S., America's ambassador said Thursday.

February 22, 2008 | By MATTHEW ROSENBERG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Willingway, Georgia Southern conference will update addiction treatment methods

For Dr. Al Mooney, Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery at Willingway, one of the key factors that distinguishes this week's Addiction Update Conference is its "focus on the solutions rather than the problems."

June 22, 2014 | Special to the Herald | News 4U


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