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Back from Darfur, George Clooney takes on new role as UN messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS - In his new role as U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney was playing himself.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Court orders new trial in Wis. ’shaken baby syndrome’ case

MADISON, Wis. - An appeals court Thursday threw out the conviction of a woman imprisoned for shaking a baby to death and ordered a new trial, saying the latest research into ''shaken baby syndrome'' might prove her innocence.

February 15, 2008 | By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press Writer | National


Bush says lawmakers leave nation vulnerable by holding up eavesdropping law

LAS VEGAS - Sternly prodding Congress, President Bush said Thursday that lawmakers are jeopardizing the nation's safety by failing to lock in a government eavesdropping law.

February 15, 2008 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | National


Drifter pleads guilty, sentenced to life in death of hiker

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - Gary Michael Hilton was sentenced Thursday to life in prison - with possibility of parole in 30 years - after pleading guilty to murder in the beating-death of a young woman hiker in the north Georgia mountains.

February 15, 2008 | By DANIEL YEE Associated Press Writer | National


Police say Ohio nurse accused of rape abused 14 patients

SANDUSKY, Ohio - A nightshift nurse charged with raping a partially paralyzed nursing home patient abused 13 other patients, including many who could not communicate, at health care centers since the mid-1980s, authorities said Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Writer | National


The Measure of a Nation: In the American presidency, myth and reality a potent combination

EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the first story in ''The Measure of a Nation,'' a yearlong series of multimedia story packages about the American presidency and the 2008 elections as seen through the prism of the culture, not the candidates.

February 15, 2008 | By TED ANTHONY and RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer | National


Whirlpool to close Tenn., Mexico plants, affecting 1,250 workers

DETROIT - Whirlpool Corp. is closing plants in Tennessee and Mexico, affecting a total of 1,250 workers, the appliance maker announced Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By JEFF KAROUB AP Business Writer | National


No delays as new ID rules requiring proof of citizenship take effect at U.S. border

HIGHGATE, Vt. - Motorists passed easily through border checkpoints Thursday as tougher identification standards for U.S. and Canadian citizens went into effect without the backups and confusion some travelers had feared.

February 15, 2008 | By WILSON RING Associated Press Writer | National


Police Report - February 1

(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 15, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Mortgage brokers scramble to retain business, reassure public of ethical standards amid bust

Mortgage brokers who haven't fled or been forced out of the industry are in survival mode.

February 15, 2008 | By ALAN ZIBEL Associated Press Writer | National


Swiss experts say some HIV patients can have unprotected sex

GENEVA - Swiss AIDS experts said Thursday that some people with HIV who meet strict conditions and are under treatment can safely have unprotected sex with non-infected partners.

February 15, 2008 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Eagles dig big hole, can't recover in loss to UTC

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A frantic Georgia Southern rally in the final minutes came up just short as Chattanooga held off the Eagles 96-91 Thursday night at The McKenzie Arena.

February 15, 2008 | Georgia Southern AMR | Georgia Southern


Bridge 2/01

Jack Benny said, "Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air."

February 15, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


US military not adequately prepared for homeland attack, report says

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military isn't ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and National Guard forces don't have the equipment or training they need for the job, according to a report.

February 15, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Astrograph 2/01

Don't be surprised if your entrepreneurial instincts are substantially awakened and heightened in the year ahead. They have been lying dormant for some time and are ready to explode into ventures that will carry you far.

February 15, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


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