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Astrograph 12/13

In the year ahead, you will find yourself providing the inspiration to make life for you and others far more beautiful and rewarding. Your understanding and awareness to the needs of your associates brings this about.

December 28, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


EU leaders sign bloc’s new treaty, give go-ahead for a European president

LISBON, Portugal - European Union leaders signed a new treaty on Thursday that would give the 27-nation bloc a long-term president and streamline its decision-making process.

December 28, 2007 | By BARRY HATTON Associated Press Writer | World


Democrats ready omnibus budget bill; White House ’encouraged’

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats pressed ahead Thursday with a bill to keep the federal government open for another week as lawmakers fashioned an omnibus spending bill and sought agreement with the White House.

December 28, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | National


Proposed demolition of New Orleans public housing prods cries of ’Housing is a human right!’

NEW ORLEANS - In normal times, redevelopment of public housing to make way for mixed-income neighborhoods might have gone largely unopposed. But passions are high in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where residents are desperate for cheap housing.

December 28, 2007 | By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer | National


Russia, Iran agree on completion schedule for Bushehr plant, reports say

MOSCOW - Russia and Iran reached agreement Thursday on a schedule for finishing construction of a nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.

December 28, 2007 | By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer | World


Shelling, gunbattles kill at least 17 in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortar rounds slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday and gunbattles erupted across the city, killing 17 people hours after a government official said radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.

December 28, 2007 | By SALAD DUHUL Associated Press Writer | World


Algiers suicide bombers had been jailed, released in amnesty; death toll now 37

ALGIERS, Algeria - Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official said Thursday.

December 28, 2007 | By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press Writer | World


Musharraf to end emergency rule, restore constitution Saturday, says official

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf will lift Pakistan's state of emergency only after changing the constitution to ensure he cannot be hauled before a court, a senior official said Thursday, as lawyers held more protests against the retired general.

December 28, 2007 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | World


Pentagon chief opens talks with NATO allies on boosting Afghan mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday began two days of talks with allied defense and diplomatic officials on how to re-energize and reinforce NATO efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the radical Taliban insurgency has managed to increase its attacks in recent months.

December 28, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 12/13

DEAR DR. GOTT: Because of gastrointestinal symptoms and lower-left chest pain, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. While describing my symptoms and giving a history, the doctor was at his computer taking notes. He also accessed my records at the hospital where he is on staff and where I have had many tests and procedures.

December 28, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Pelosi says Republicans ‘like’ the Iraq war, will pay a price

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

December 28, 2007 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


Mother of Omaha mall shooter apologizes for her son’s actions and says ’I did my best’

OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.

December 28, 2007 | By JOSH FUNK Associated Press Writer | National


With death penalty in legal limbo, the consequences of abolition come into focus

NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.

December 28, 2007 | By DAVID CRARY Associated Press Writer | National


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to pay $20M in corruption probe; no prosecution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.

December 28, 2007 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer | National


12-7 vote sends contempt citations against Rove, Bolten to full Senate

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


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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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