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Pentagon chief says Europe’s reluctant to fight in Afghanistan is linked to Iraq

MUNICH, Germany - Lingering anger in Europe over the U.S. invasion of Iraq explains why some allies are reluctant to heed U.S. calls for more combat troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday. It was his first public acknowledgment of such a link to the Iraq war.

February 23, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Venezuela oil minister denies $12 billion frozen in Exxon Mobil court orders

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's top oil official on Friday accused Exxon Mobil Corp. of ''judicial terrorism'' and said court orders won by the oil major do not amount to confiscation of more than $12 billion in assets.

February 23, 2008 | By FABIOLA SANCHEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


India seeks extradition after alleged mastermind of organ transplant operation arrested

NEW DELHI, India - The Indian government said Friday it is seeking the extradition of a man accused of heading an organ transplant ring that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors held at gunpoint.

February 23, 2008 | By MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New Mexico still counting Super Tuesday ballots to decide bragging rights and one delegate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Three days after New Mexico voted, Democratic officials offer apologies and finger-pointing - but have no winner. Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a slight lead, but the state is still counting 17,000 provisional ballots given to voters because of long lines and a shortage of ballots.

February 23, 2008 | By HEATHER CLARK Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Conservatives looking for reason to get behind McCain

WASHINGTON - Typically, a gathering of conservative activists and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is no cause for unease.

February 23, 2008 | By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Bush says ’prosperity and peace’ at stake in November presidential election

WASHINGTON - Without naming John McCain, President Bush marshaled the conservative wing of the Republican Party on Friday to back the presumed GOP presidential nominee for the upcoming battle against the Democratic Party.

February 23, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Communities devastated by twisters mourn and try to rebuild; a baby gives reason for hope

CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. - The muddy field was littered with debris after a wave of violent storms: Living room couches, strollers, children's toys. So when two rescuers came upon a baby, they thought he was a doll.

February 22, 2008 | By BILL POOVEY Associated Press Writer | National


Senate leaders agree on economic aid plan with checks for seniors, disabled veterans

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed Thursday to add rebates for 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans to a House-passed economic aid package, ending a partisan stalemate over the plan.

February 22, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS Associated Press Writers | Washington


Officer, gunman among 5 dead in 11-hour standoff in Los Angeles after 911 call

LOS ANGELES - A man who called 911 and claimed he killed three relatives opened fire on SWAT officers Thursday as they entered the house where he had barricaded himself. One officer was killed, and the gunman died in a later exchange of gunfire.

February 22, 2008 | By THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer | National


Fiserv’s CheckFree lets consumers scan checks at home to deposit them into bank accounts

MILWAUKEE - Online banking service provider CheckFree Corp. is rolling out technology that could mean consumers will no longer have to go to a bank branch to deposit checks.

February 22, 2008 | By EMILY FREDRIX AP Business Writer | National


CIA director says the legality of waterboarding is in doubt under current law

WASHINGTON - CIA Director Michael Hayden cast doubt on the legality of waterboarding on Thursday, a day after the White House said the harsh interrogation tactic has saved American lives and could be used in the future.

February 22, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN and PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Official: Al-Qaida’s attacks on Muslims may be undermining terror organization

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida's embrace of violence may be undermining the terrorist group's support in the Muslim world, the nation's top intelligence official said Thursday.

February 22, 2008 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Rates on 30-year mortgages decline for fifth time in past 6 weeks

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped slightly this week, the fifth decline in the past six weeks.

February 22, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Prep Sports Blitz: SHS senior Eric Ferguson - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank

Prep Sports Blitz for Thursday, February 7, 2008 - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank

February 22, 2008 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports Blitz


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


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Jordan Spieth struggles in 1st round after Masters

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jordan Spieth had a post-Masters letdown Thursday, shooting a 3-over 74 at the RBC Heritage to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par.

April 16, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcons trying to make good impression

FLOWERY BRANCH,- Even the most established Falcons players are scrambling to make a good first impression with new coach Dan Quinn.

April 16, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Cigarettes are so last year

NEW YORK - Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.

April 16, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press




Freeman not worried as Braves lose 2nd straight

ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman isn't ready to panic just because the Atlanta Braves have lost two straight games.

April 15, 2015 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Braves


Wildcats take on SHS Blue Devils

The regular season is over for Statesboro High School's baseball team and despite a rocky season, the Blue Devils are just two wins away from the state playoffs.

April 15, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

DES MOINES, Iowa - For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought.

April 15, 2015 | | Associated Press


Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of murder, gets life

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

April 15, 2015 | By MICHAEL R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports




Marlins break through for 1st win over Braves

ATLANTA - Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a slump with three hits and four RBIs, Dee Gordon and Ichiro Suzuki each scored two runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Tuesday night.

April 14, 2015 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


SEB sweeps 1st round of playoffs

BROOKLET - Andrew Kalaani scored two second half goals to lead the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets to a come-from-behind 4-1 win over Jenkins in the first round of the Region 1-AAA playoffs Tuesday night and clinching a spot in the state playoffs.

April 14, 2015 | By LUKE MARTIN Herald Correspondent | Prep Sports 360


Still awaiting verdict after six days

FALL RIVER, Mass. - After six days of deliberating, jurors went home Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of killing the man dating his fiancee's sister.

April 14, 2015 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports


On The Fringe: Spieth not keen on new 'Golden Child' moniker

The green jacket is all Jordan Spieth needs for an identity. He is the Masters champion.

April 14, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Bowl payouts still on the rise

By RALPH D. RUSSO

April 14, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP Sports Writer | Sports


Pew Research Center: Teens still use Facebook

NEW YORK - Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.

April 14, 2015 | By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | Associated Press


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