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May 24, 2008 | MATTHEW BANKHEAD/Producer mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


Blackwater unlikely to face charges in Iraq shooting

WASHINGTON - Blackwater Worldwide, the security contractor blamed by an angry Iraqi government for the shooting deaths of 17 civilians, is not expected to face criminal charges - all but ensuring the company will keep its multimillion-dollar contract to protect U.S. diplomats.

May 24, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Ask AP: Leaded gas and college football poll votes

It used to be called ''regular.'' But there's nothing regular about leaded gasoline these days - good luck even finding a gallon.

May 24, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Gas jumps above $3.67, oil passes $126 on Venezuela concerns

NEW YORK - Oil rose above $126 a barrel for the first time Friday, bringing its advance this week to nearly $10, as investors questioned whether a possible confrontation between the U.S. and Venezuela could cut exports from the OPEC member. Gas prices, meanwhile, rose above an average $3.67 a gallon at the pump, following oil's recent path higher.

May 24, 2008 | By JOHN WILEN AP Business Writer | National


US official: 1 shipment to be allowed to Myanmar

WASHINGTON - The governing military junta in Myanmar has agreed to allow a single U.S. cargo aircraft to bring in relief supplies for victims of a devastating cyclone, the Bush administration said Friday.

May 24, 2008 | By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer | Washington


Happy Mother’s Day: Woman pregnant with 18th child

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman - she's pregnant with her 18th child.

May 24, 2008 | By JILL ZEMAN Associated Press Writer | National


NC officials: Fatal twister could have been worse

CLEMMONS, N.C. - Amber Parker watched on television as the storm near her home grew into a tornado threat. Then, when the roaring wind outside suddenly fell silent, she grabbed her two toddlers and rushed to get under the stairwell.

May 24, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Fans long to be scattered on sporting sites

NEW ORLEANS - Even though he's only 37 and in good health, Nathan Davis has already made out his will. In it, he bequeaths money to the University of Alabama athletic department and his ashes to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

May 24, 2008 | By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer | National


Russian parliament confirms Putin as prime minister

MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin was named prime minister of Russia Thursday after a fervent speech full of ambitious plans that overshadowed his low-key successor and suggested that he will keep a strong hand in ruling the country.

May 23, 2008 | By STEVE GUTTERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Google looking golden again after challenging stretch

SAN FRANCISCO - It's hard to believe Google Inc. actually looked vulnerable just two months ago. The Internet search leader's stock had plummeted 45 percent from its peak. And its two biggest rivals, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., appeared poised to combine forces and launch a double-barreled attack.

May 23, 2008 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer | National


Rocket hits Baghdad park, killing 2 civilians

BAGHDAD - A rocket hit a downtown Baghdad park Thursday, killing two people as American and Iraqi forces battled Shiite militants believed responsible for many such attacks.

May 23, 2008 | By SELCAN HACAOGLU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


President Bush in Texas for daughter Jenna’s wedding

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush stuck out his right elbow Thursday, jokingly demonstrating how he'll escort his daughter down the aisle at her wedding this weekend.

May 23, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | National


Sharpton plans another NYC protest over police shooting

NEW YORK - A day after his carefully orchestrated protests briefly blocked rush-hour traffic, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday promised to stage another mass protest over three police detectives' acquittals in the 50-bullet killing of an unarmed man.

May 23, 2008 | By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press Writer | National


House passes bill to make coin-making cheaper

WASHINGTON - The House voted for cheaper change Thursday, the kind that would make pennies and nickels worth more than they cost to make and save the country $100 million a year.

May 23, 2008 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Lobster boat builders pinched as catch drops, economy slows

JONESPORT, Maine - For the first time in 24 years of building lobster boats, Wayne Beal doesn't have any job orders.

May 23, 2008 | By CLARKE CANFIELD Associated Press Writer | National


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