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Israel closes Gaza crossings, pounds Hamas targets in bid to halt rocket attacks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel sealed all border crossings with the Gaza Strip on Friday, cutting the flow of vital supplies in an attempt to stop Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli border towns.

February 02, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


On bloodiest day of protests, Kenya opposition vows to keep up pressure with strikes

NAIROBI, Kenya - Clashes between rival tribes armed with machetes and bows and arrows on Friday marked the third, the bloodiest and what the government hopes is the last day of opposition protests over Kenya's disputed presidential election.

February 02, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


Canada document lists US, Israel as countries where prisoners risk torture, abuse

TORONTO - A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States as a country where prisoners risk torture and abuse, citing interrogation techniques such as stripping prisoners, blindfolding and sleep deprivation.

February 02, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | World


Wall Street caps rough week with modest decline as stimulus plan fails draws little reaction

NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a painful week with another decline Friday as skittish investors unable to hold on to much optimism about the economy drew little comfort from President Bush's stimulus plan.

February 02, 2008 | By MADLEN READ AP Business Writer | National


Authorities say woman killed self, 2 children by walking into traffic on Mass. interstate

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A woman with a history of mental illness purposely walked her young niece and nephew into oncoming interstate traffic to commit a double-murder suicide, a prosecutor said Friday.

February 02, 2008 | By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer | National


Astrograph 1/18

Some transformations in your lifestyle will be foisted upon you in the year ahead, which you might at first resist. But as time unfolds, you will discover they are working to your benefit and ultimately be exactly what you would have wanted.

February 02, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


From caucuses to crude oil to cornerbacks, AP answers your questions about the news

What does college football eligibility have to do with the price of oil?

February 02, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Terrorist gets life for plotting to blow up U.S. embassies in Singapore and Philippines

NEW YORK - A Canadian terrorist who briefly became an informant against top al-Qaida leaders was sentenced to life in prison Friday for plotting to blow up American embassies in Singapore and the Philippines.

February 02, 2008 | By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer | National


Sri Lankan jets destroy rebel hideout, capture ground after cease-fire ends

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's military said air force jets destroyed a hideout used by senior Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday and soldiers captured a strategic stretch of road in a battle that left nine insurgents dead.

February 01, 2008 | By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer | World


New species of palm tree that flowers itself to death discovered in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar - A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, botanists said Thursday.

February 01, 2008 | By JONNY HOGG Associated Press Writer | World


Trying to soothe feelings in Europe, Gates praises NATO’s ’powerful role’ in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that sending Marines to Afghanistan will keep pressure on the Taliban and doesn't ''reflect dissatisfaction'' with NATO countries' performance.

February 01, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bridge 1/17

John Hope Franklin, a professor of history at Duke University, said, "We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths ... and tell the world the glories of our journey."

February 01, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Senior general sees increase in Iraqi security forces, but years before they can take over

WASHINGTON - A senior military commander told a House panel on Thursday that Iraq's security forces are on track to add another 80,000 personnel by the end of the year, but it's a long way from becoming self-sufficient.

February 01, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Washington


AP Interview: Chertoff: New rules will mean longer lines at first; critics must ‘‘grow up’’

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that new border crossing rules to take effect this month will mean longer lines for those entering the United States, but he said it was necessary to prevent another Sept. 11-style attack. Critics of the effort need to ''grow up,'' he told The Associated Press in an interview.

February 01, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT and EILEEN SULLIVAN<B> Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush and Bernanke back package to stimulate weakening economy

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday embraced calls for an economic stimulus package to avert recession. Bernanke said such a plan should be aimed at quickly getting cash into the hands of people, especially those with low and moderate incomes.

February 01, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


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OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | World




SHS girls take care of business

The Statesboro High girls got their Thanksgiving celebration off to an early start, feasting on Southeast Bulloch to claim a 65-18 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Devil's Den.

November 26, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Badcock Home Furniture & More Presents: Prep Sports Spotlight

Much was made about the dominance of graduated Bulloch Academy wrestler Mitchell Ball and his three individual state championships.

November 26, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

The two friends' mornings intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke - on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 26, 2014 | By ADAM GELLER and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press | Nation


1.3 million bound for Georgia roads, airport

ATLANTA - More than 1.3 million Georgians are expected to travel on state highways and use the world's busiest airport through Sunday for Thanksgiving, and officials say they're prepared for the rush with extra staff to monitor roads and help people move through security lines.

November 26, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


9 scientifically backed simple tricks to relieve stress now

Your normal life is already busy so it's no wonder when you add in extra demands for the end-of-year holidays, stress levels skyrocket.

November 26, 2014 | By TRACIE KNABE SNOWDER Deseret News National | Hot topics


3 things the Pope is saying about your family

More than 350 religious leaders, scholars and thinkers gathered at the Vatican in November for an interfaith conference emphasizing the importance of families to global societies.

November 26, 2014 | By MEGAN WALLGREN Deseret News National | Hot topics


5 things you do every day that hurt your children

I sit down in my parenting course, pick up the book and thumb through it. A section titled "The Declaration of Imperfection" catches my attention. As I begin to read, tears stream down my checks and a flood of relief washes over me - "Damara, it's okay to be imperfect."

November 26, 2014 | By DAMARA SIMMONS Deseret News National | Hot topics


7 common beliefs that make you terribly unhappy

What we focus our thoughts on, we become. That can either work for us or against us. Sometimes it's not the reality of a situation that gets us into trouble, but what we think the reality of the situation is. And there's often a difference. What are seven commonly held beliefs that can get us into trouble?

November 26, 2014 | By SUSAN SWANN Deseret News National | Hot topics


State rivals, national implications

ATHENS - There's no need for any extra motivation when Georgia faces Georgia Tech.

November 25, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Georgia Tech


Column: Woods at 5-year mark of accident

Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.

November 25, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Columnist | Sports


Rain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel plans

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year.

November 25, 2014 | By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press | Local


NFL, union discuss player conduct policy

NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.

November 25, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'

FERGUSON, Missouri - Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun.

November 25, 2014 | By DAVID A. LIEB and HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press | Local


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