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Gasoline prices surge easing, government says.

WASHINGTON - For two straight summers, motorists have seen gasoline prices soar past the $3-a-gallon mark nationwide.

April 25, 2007 | By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP IMPACT: New spy chief weighs changes to decades-old surveillance, intelligence powers

WASHINGTON - President Bush's spy chief is pushing to expand the government's surveillance authority at the same time the administration is under attack for stretching its domestic eavesdropping powers.

April 25, 2007 | By KATHERINE SHRADER Associated Press Writer | Nation


30 arrested for illegal poker game in Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. - Police have arrested 27 people in a gambling raid.

April 25, 2007 | The Associated Press | Local


Family claims wide-awake surgery led to minister’s suicide

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In the two weeks before he committed suicide, Sherman Sizemore thought people were trying to bury him alive.

April 25, 2007 | By TOM BREEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bridge 4/11

Evan Esar, in his Comic Dictionary, wrote, "Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions."

April 25, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Giant yellow diamond goes public at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON - Light flashes across the 82 facets of the Tiffany Diamond, highlighting the brilliance of the giant gem at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

April 25, 2007 | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP Interview: Cuomo says student loan corruption widespread as school officials take leave

ALBANY, N.Y. - Cozy arrangements between colleges and the companies that lend their students billions of dollars are far more widespread than anticipated, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo told The Associated Press Tuesday, just as two more college financial aid officers were suspended amid a probe into the $85 billion industry.

April 25, 2007 | By MARK JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democrats escalate fight over fired prosecutors by seeking more documents

WASHINGTON - Democrats subpoenaed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for more documents Tuesday, escalating their fight with the Bush administration over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

April 25, 2007 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Embryonic stem cell research bill is assured of Senate passage, but doomed by veto threat

WASHINGTON - Senate supporters of embryonic stem cell research refused to take another no for an answer Tuesday, advancing politically popular legislation that is assured of passage, yet doomed for the second straight year to a veto that Congress cannot override.

April 25, 2007 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Athlete of the Week: Eisenhart sparks SHS offense

The Statesboro boys soccer team has had an inexplicable time scoring goals this season. So as regular season's around the area end and region tournaments begins, leave it up to Statesboro's Thomas Eisenhart to spark the Blue Devils' offense.

April 25, 2007 | From staff reports | Sports


Congress’ approval hits high point in a year — 40 percent — as Democrats challenge Bush

WASHINGTON - Public approval for Congress is at its highest level in a year as Democrats mark 100 days in power and step up their confrontation with President Bush over his handling of the Iraq War, the issue that overshadows all others.

April 24, 2007 | By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Under heavy criticism, Britain’s government backtracks on letting freed sailors talk for pay

LONDON - Britain's government beat a hasty retreat Monday under withering criticism for allowing sailors and marines to be paid large sums for their stories about captivity in Iran.

April 24, 2007 | By ROBERT BARR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Louisiana is the last state standing on legal cockfighting circuit

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. - Spectators shake their fists, scream out wagers and cheer on their roosters, the air swirling with cigarette smoke and chicken feathers.

April 24, 2007 | By DOUG SIMPSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bridge 4/10

Mark Twain said, "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

April 24, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 4/10

DEAR DR. GOTT: Thank you for your interesting, useful information over many years. Here's one that may help older readers when they experience sluggish (though not constipated) bowels. This was a hint framed and on display where I worked as an RN at a nursing home.

April 24, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


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