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Maldives cheers Boy Scout who foiled attempt to assassinate nation’s president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Residents of the Maldives showered praise Wednesday on a 15-year-old Boy Scout who foiled an attempt to assassinate the president of this island nation by grabbing the attacker's knife.

January 24, 2008 | By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Former top security officer for Taylor testifies at ex-Liberian president’s war crimes trial

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A former bodyguard and member of Charles Taylor's inner circle testified Wednesday that a secret radio room linked the Liberian ex-president's mansion with a notoriously brutal rebel leader in neighboring Sierra Leone.

January 24, 2008 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Newly published diary tells of young Jewish woman’s life in occupied Paris

PARIS - On some days her world was awash in light, on others dark shadows enveloped her and all of Paris.

January 24, 2008 | By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Sweden, Norway drop out of UN peacekeeping force in Darfur

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Sweden and Norway dropped plans Wednesday to send about 400 troops to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur because of opposition from Sudan's government.

January 24, 2008 | By MALIN RISING Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bridge 1/9

After 42 of the 48 boards in the World Transnational Open Teams final in Shanghai last October, 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. Here is board 43.

January 24, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Judge denies bond for drifter accused of murdering hiker

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - A judge denied bond Wednesday for a drifter accused of kidnapping and killing a 24-year-old hiker in the north Georgia mountains, and Florida authorities said he is now a ''prime suspect'' in a homicide investigation there.

January 24, 2008 | By DORIE TURNER Associated Press Writer | National


Army to court-martial Hawaii-based soldier for Iraqi killing

HONOLULU - The Army said Tuesday it will court-martial a Hawaii-based soldier for premeditated murder in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi last summer.

January 24, 2008 | By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press Writer | National


Former Indonesian dictator Suharto’s health improves slightly, but remains critical

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Former Indonesian dictator Suharto showed slight signs of improvement but remained in critical condition, doctors said Wednesday, as they struggled to control internal bleeding, a fluid buildup in his lungs, and low-level heart failure.

January 24, 2008 | By IRWAN FIRDAUS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US envoy tells SKorean president efforts to end North’s nuclear programs must continue

SEOUL, South Korea - A top U.S. nuclear envoy told South Korea's president Wednesday that the countries working to ensure North Korea abandons its nuclear weapons must keep pushing until their task is accomplished.

January 24, 2008 | By KWANG-TAE KIM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Dear Abby 1/9

DEAR ABBY: I was a single father to my two daughters for several years. I love them with all my heart. Even though I do not always approve of everything they do, my love for them is unconditional, and we're very close.

January 24, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Dead man’s check, apparently coveted by acquaintance, leads to wild scene on streets of NYC

NEW YORK - Detective Travis Rapp has seen his share of corpses, but this was new: two men wheeling a rigid, pale body down a Manhattan street in a red office chair, drawing a crowd of suspicious onlookers.

January 24, 2008 | By TOM HAYS and CLARE TRAPASSO Associated Press Writer | National


Police search for bodies of 4 children; police say father threw them off Ala. bridge

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. - Lam Luong initially told police that his girlfriend had his four young children and failed to return them, but his family suspected something more sinister: that he traded the kids for a drug fix.

January 24, 2008 | By GARRY MITCHELL Associated Press Writer | National


Supreme Court takes up photo identification requirement for voters Wednesday morning

WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans square off before the Supreme Court Wednesday over a law that requires voters to produce photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

January 24, 2008 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | National


Rescued snowboarders survived 3 nights in NM snow caves; search continues for 2 in Colo

SANTA FE, N.M. - Two snowboarders lost in the mountains were rescued by helicopter Tuesday after they endured three frigid nights holed up in snow caves that are credited with saving their lives.

January 24, 2008 | By DEBORAH BAKER Associated Press Writer | National


Be Prepared: Boy Scout grabs knife, foils assassination in Maldives

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A quick-thinking Boy Scout foiled an assassination attempt on the president of the Maldives on Tuesday, grabbing an attacker's knife as the man leapt from a crowd and lunged at the leader, an official said.

January 23, 2008 | By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


Bulloch County school bus hits car; no injuries reported

A Bulloch County school bus driver faces mandatory safety training after a collision Wednesday that resulted in no injuries.

January 28, 2015 | From staff reports | Local




SHS takes two over Tigers

Statesboro's boys basketball squad avenged an early-season loss, taking a quick lead and never looking back in a commanding 57-37 win over Swainsboro Tuesday evening at the Devil's Den.

January 27, 2015 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Gators get a pair

Second-half surges lifted both Bulloch Academy basketball teams to region victories over Frederica Academy Tuesday night.

January 27, 2015 | By RAHN HUTCHESON Special to the Herald | Prep Sports 360


Contrast in styles makes QB matchup more intriguing

PHOENIX - Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

January 27, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


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