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Japan orders navy to return to rejoin US-backed anti-terrorism mission in Indian Ocean

TOKYO - Japan's defense minister ordered the navy Friday to return to the Indian Ocean on a U.S.-backed anti-terrorism mission, ending a three-month hiatus but deepening political divisions with the opposition.

January 26, 2008 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Russian prosecutors investigate group of victims of 2004 school attack for ’extremism’

MOSCOW - Russian prosecutors have accused a group of survivors of the 2004 Beslan school seizure of being extremist, one member said Friday, calling the allegation part of a campaign by officials to silence the activists.

January 26, 2008 | By MIKE ECKEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


In Kuwait, Bush seeks Arab support for Mideast peace

KUWAIT CITY - President Bush sought Arab support on Friday for a U.S.-backed Mideast peace deal, but the Bush administration said not to expect a ''blinding flash'' of Arab cooperation for the restarted Israel-Palestinian negotiations.

January 26, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Associated Press


Bridge 1/11

After 44 of the 48 boards in the World Transnational Open Teams final, M. Bessis, T. Bessis and Multon from France, Fantoni and Nunes from Italy, and Zimmermann from Switzerland led Gromova, Ponomareva, Dubinin and Gromov from Russia, and Balicki and Zmudzinski from Poland by 10 international match points.

January 26, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Officials: Social worker reported problems in April at D.C. home where 4 girls were found dead

WASHINGTON - A woman found in her home with the decomposing bodies of her four daughters was suspected by a social worker of holding one of the girls hostage as early as April, city officials said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By KAREN MAHABIR Associated Press Writer | National


Fire destroys Portal family's home

A Portal family lost their home Thursday to a house fire possibly caused by a faulty surge protector. Portal Fire Chief Christopher Ivey said the fire originated in a child's bedroom and the surge protector is likely the cause. However, the investigation is ongoing, he said.

January 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Search resumes off Ala. coast for 4 kids believed thrown from 80-foot-tall bridge by father

MOBILE, Ala. - High winds hampered search crews early Friday as they resumed looking off the Alabama coast for the bodies of four children believed to have been thrown from a bridge by their father.

January 26, 2008 | By GARRY MITCHELL Associated Press Writer | National


NASA aims for February shuttle launch, begins installing new connector in Atlantis fuel tank

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA began installing a new connector in Atlantis' fuel tank Friday in hopes of launching the space shuttle in early February, two months late.

January 26, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | National


Back to the future: NYC clones historical trees as part of plan to add a million trees to city

NEW YORK - Squat, homely, dwarfed by stately oaks and poplars, and unnoticed by the tourists passing in horse-drawn carriages, it's a tree that only birds and nut-hungry squirrels could love.

January 26, 2008 | By RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer | National


Senior Giuliani campaign staffers forgo paychecks, a sign of possible money troubles

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate and last year's national front-runner.

January 26, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Democrats looking at tax rebates, benefit boosts and public works to stimulate economy

WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling Congress are looking at tax rebates, extended unemployment benefits and more food stamps to stimulate the sagging economy.

January 26, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Air travelers stuck in security showdown between Bush administration, states

WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses - a dispute that, by May, could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings.

January 26, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | National


US commanders in Iraq tout success of massive bombing campaign

BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of the largest bombing campaigns of the war destroyed extremists' ''defensive belts'' south of Baghdad, allowing American soldiers to push into areas where they have not been in years, a top commander said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police Report - January 12

(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 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


N.C. sheriff: Pregnant Marine is dead, comrade she accused of sex assault is suspect

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities searched a neighborhood Friday for a shallow grave holding the body of a pregnant Marine, and said the main suspect in her death was a comrade she had accused of rape.

January 26, 2008 | By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer | National


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Chase Elliott to replace Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

January 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Serena one win away from 19th major title

MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.

January 29, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Belichick, Carroll have different angles

PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.

January 29, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Sports


Tiger's year off to rough start with 2-over 73

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

January 29, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Oregon could make first move in college football free agency

College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.

January 29, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Harper Lee's classic to take Averitt stage

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, our nation still is wrestling with the repercussions of decisions our forefathers made multiple generations ago.

January 29, 2015 | By MELINDA ROELL Special to the Herald | Local


Singing songs of the good news

About four years ago, comedian Steve Martin, who is also one great banjo player, wrote an interesting piece of music, "Atheists don't have no songs." Yes, I know that's a double negative. According to Martin, their hymnbook is only one page and if the name of God is there, it's spelled with a lower case "g." Go figure.

January 29, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials




Surprise players could be key

PHOENIX - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

January 28, 2015 | By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Semifinals now set

MELBOURNE - It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

January 28, 2015 | By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer | Sports


US fades in 3-2 loss to Chile

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.

January 28, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to their hometown in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM and RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

WASHINGTON - Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

January 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

ROCK HILL, S.C. - For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty-four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.

January 28, 2015 | By MITCH WEISS Associated Press | Associated Press


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