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Shopowners flee mixed Baghdad neighborhoods, cementing sectarian divide

BAGHDAD - Shiite taxi driver Aly Kaabi used to fear for his life each time his Mercedes needed a spare part. The place to seek replacements was a Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood ruled at the time by militants from al-Qaida in Iraq.

January 12, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


2 off-duty Israeli soldiers shot dead by Palestinians, killed 1 assailant before they died

JERUSALEM - Two off-duty Israeli soldiers hiking in the West Bank were killed Friday by Palestinian gunmen but before they died, they managed to fire at their assailants and kill one of them, according to the military and a woman who was with the hikers but escaped unharmed.

January 12, 2008 | By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Today in History - December 27

Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2007. There are four days left in the year.

January 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Boston U. tops Lady Eagles, 70-53

RICHMOND, Va. - Seniors Tiffany Brown and Shawnda Atwood combined for 20 points Thursday night against Boston University, but the Terriers outshot Georgia Southern en route to a 70-53 decision - the first of two games at the Virginia Commonwealth University Christmas tournament at Siegel Center.

January 11, 2008 | Georgia Southern AMR | Georgia Southern


'We were negligent': A small-town superintendent vows to prevent teacher sexual misconduct

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Arthur Brokop, a young substitute teacher, shut the windowless door of the first-grade classroom he'd been called in to oversee.

January 11, 2008 | By MARTHA IRVINE Associated Press Writer | National


Astrograph 12/27

More travel than usual is a strong possibility in the year ahead. There is a likelihood that you will even take a trip to a distant place you have long desired to visit, and it will be everything that you expected it to be.

January 11, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Bush demands justice for Bhutto murderers; assassination complicates US policy

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration scrambled Thursday with the implications of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination after investing significant diplomatic capital in promoting reconciliation between her and President Pervez Musharraf.

January 11, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | National


U.S. cities offer cash and perks to encourage residents to adopt energy-saving measures

PARKLAND, Fla. - Free hybrid-car parking. Cash rebates for installing solar panels. Low-interest loans for energy-saving home renovations. Money to tear up desert lawns and replace them with drought-resistant landscaping.

January 11, 2008 | By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press Writer | National


Bridge 12/27

Tennis superstar Martina Navratilova claimed: "Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost."

January 11, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Pakistan’s Sharif says his party will boycott elections; calls for Musharraf to resign

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif announced Thursday his party was boycotting next month's elections following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He demanded that President Pervez Musharraf resign immediately.

January 11, 2008 | By ZARAR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US troops successfully battle Sunni and Shiite extremists

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces said they waged successful battles against both Sunni and Shiite extremists and announced Thursday they had seized two men possibly linked to the capture of three American soldiers earlier this year.

January 11, 2008 | By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Hindus torch churches, Christians burn homes in 3rd day of India violence

NEW DELHI - Hindu extremists torched nearly a dozen churches and the home of a Christian leader Thursday, defying a curfew imposed to quell three days of religious violence in eastern India. Christians retaliated by setting fire to several homes belonging to Hindus.

January 11, 2008 | By GAVIN RABINOWITZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New Jersey law restricts some sex offenders from surfing the Web

EWING, N.J. - Convicted sex offenders who used the Internet to help them commit their crimes will be banned from using the Internet under a measure signed into law Thursday.

January 11, 2008 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | National


Kenyans go to polls for tight presidential vote amid rigging claims

NAIROBI, Kenya - Millions turned out Thursday for Kenya's closest-ever presidential race - a contest pitting President Mwai Kibaki against a former ally - in relatively peaceful balloting after a campaign marked by violence and vote-rigging charges.

January 11, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Associated Press


Benazir Bhutto’s life a sweeping epic of blood and controversy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto was many things - zealous guardian of her dead father's legacy, aristocratic populist, accused rogue, even one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people. And in the end, she was a victim of roiling passions in the nation she sought to lead for a third time.

January 11, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and JERRY SCHWARTZ 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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