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AP Impact: Americans' debt woes expanding. Now it's unpaid credit card bills that are rising.

SAN FRANCISCO - Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending delinquencies and defaults surging by double-digit percentages in the last year and prompting warnings of worse to come.

January 07, 2008 | By RACHEL KONRAD Associated Press Writer | National


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, an icon of tradition, launches video site on YouTube

LONDON - Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth.

January 07, 2008 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


For some, the writers strike is the Grinch that stole Christmas

LOS ANGELES - Nearly two months without paychecks. Scores of shuttered shows. Thousands out of work. The Hollywood writers strike suggests a bleak Christmas for many in Tinsel Town.

January 07, 2008 | By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer | National


Police Report – December 24

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.

January 07, 2008 | Herald staff reports | Crime Report


Holiday shoppers crowd stores on last weekend before Christmas, as stores remain on edge

NEW YORK - The nation's shoppers - taking advantage of deep discounts and expanded hours - jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to grab a hard-to-find Wii or scoop up bargains on other items. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | Nation


Gaza's Christians keep low profile during Christmas after slaying of activist

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza's tiny Christian community is keeping a low profile this Christmas, traumatized by the killing of a prominent activist in the wake of Hamas' takeover of the coastal territory.

January 07, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


AP shines as Bears down Packers

CHICAGO - Brett Favre's frustration flowed as freely as his tears did a year earlier.

January 07, 2008 | By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer | Georgia Southern


Today in History - December 23

Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2007. There are eight days left in the year.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Community helps single mother after lottery ticket prank; customer gave her joke ticket

NAPLES, Fla. - When single mother Mary Ann Shaffer scratched a lottery ticket last week, she thought Christmas had come early.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Snowstorm blamed for 11 deaths, widespread outages from southern Plains to Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE - Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blustered through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.

January 07, 2008 | By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer | National


Analysts: Giving Sunni fighters a political role is key to Iraqi stabilization

BAGHDAD -The rise of armed Sunni groups - who now battle al-Qaida in Iraq instead of fighting U.S. troops - is widely seen as a major reason for a drop in violence across the country.

January 07, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli Prime Minister Olmert rejects truce with Hamas, pledges war on Gaza rocket squads

JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister pledged Sunday to continue attacking Gaza militants, ruling out truce negotiations with Hamas amid widespread skepticism about the Islamic group's ability to halt rocket attacks.

January 07, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli scientists use particle beam to inscribe Bible on space smaller than a sugar grain

JERUSALEM - Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of a grain of sugar.

January 07, 2008 | By IAN DEITCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


One family’s tradition: Tree that saw war, survived A-bomb goes up for 70th Christmas

TOKYO - Warren Nobuaki Iwatake's family has seen more than its share of calamity.

January 07, 2008 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer | National


Filtering, etiquette questions arise as airlines introduce in-flight Internet access

NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep.

January 07, 2008 | By ANICK JESDANUN AP Internet Writer | National


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Grace Gardens creates a happy new home for seniors

Renee Kalloniatis became the owner of Grace Gardens in June 2014.

January 13, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Locally Owned


Deen Day Smith Awards - Past Honorees

Man of the Decade

February 28, 2014 | | Life


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