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Venezuela’s Chavez defends Colombia’s leftist rebels after hostage release

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez defended Colombia's leftist rebels on Friday, urging the international community to remove them from lists of terrorist groups a day after securing the release of two women held hostage by the insurgents.

January 26, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | World


Police raid slum, leaving 7 dead, including 3-year-old boy

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A police anti-drug raid in one of Rio de Janeiro's largest shantytowns set off fierce gunbattles that left at least seven people dead, including a 3-year-old boy caught in the crossfire, officials said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By STAN LEHMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Stocks fall sharply amid worries over investment bank writedowns, anxiety about earnings

NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged again Friday amid renewed fears that the financial sector's troubles with bad credit won't soon end and that some consumers are buckling under signs of a slowing economy. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 300 points in the last hour of the session before regaining a little ground.

January 26, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS AP Business Writer | National


Ukraine begins compensation payments for savings lost during Soviet breakup

KIEV, Ukraine - Thousands of Ukrainians streamed to state bank offices Friday to get compensation for savings lost in the 1991 Soviet breakup - a promise of new Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that some analysts caution could hurt the economy.

January 26, 2008 | By OLGA BONDARUK Associated Press Writer | World


Croatian war crimes suspect elected to parliament freed from jail

ZAGREB, Croatia - A Croatian war crimes suspect was freed from jail Friday and his trial was suspended because he had regained immunity from prosecution when the parliament - to which he was re-elected - convened.

January 26, 2008 | By SNJEZANA VUKIC Associated Press Writer | World


Cruise line blamed for improper boiler maintenance in fatal ship explosion in 2003

MIAMI - A boiler explosion that killed eight crew members on what was once the world's largest passenger ship was likely caused by Norwegian Cruise Line's improper operation, maintenance and inspection of the steam chamber, federal investigators said.

January 26, 2008 | By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer | National


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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


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ACC hopes to continue building image after FSU success

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference owns a few prized possessions that once were property of the Southeastern Conference.

August 11, 2014 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Column: Stewart's hobby called into question

When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America.

August 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Local Roundup: GSU soccer begins fall camp

Georgia Southern men's soccer opened preseason training camp Monday with a pair of practices at the Fair Road Training Complex.

August 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Georgia Southern


Smith a pleasant surprise at RB

FLOWERY BRANCH - Antone Smith, best known for his special teams play in his first five seasons with the Falcons, finally has a chance to show he deserves playing time at running back.

August 11, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Choices of the Heart to host fundraiser

Choices of the Heart Pregnancy Resource Center is hosting its fourth annual fundraising banquet on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at First Baptist Church of Statesboro.

August 11, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Hirsch, ERA step into real estate future

Pat and Nate Hirsch have been an instrumental couple in shaping the growth of our community for decades.

August 11, 2014 | | Local


Vidalia Onion Committee seeks Board nominations

The Vidalia Onion Committee is currently seeking nominations for their grower Board of Directors. The committee elects four new members each year as part of an annual process. There are currently four member spots and four alternate board spots available.

August 11, 2014 | | Business


Georgia Southern University engineering programs receive national accreditation

Georgia Southern University's Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology has been granted full accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.

August 11, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


Forever Bible promises a holy book that lasts

Bibles come in all shapes and sizes, from a pocket-sized print edition to the digitized version available for iPhones.

August 11, 2014 | By KELSEY DALLAS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Figures on Georgia child deaths highlight stubborn problem

ATLANTA - The deaths of children whose families had DFCS involvement rose to 180 in 2013 from 152 the year before, an 18 percent increase, according to a state report released Friday.

August 11, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Local


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


Iraq president names deputy speaker new prime minister

BAGHDAD - Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as the country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.

August 11, 2014 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press | World


Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug

MADRID - In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.

August 11, 2014 | By CIARAN GILES and MARIA CHENG Associated Press | World


Alex Wood fans 12; Braves edge Nationals 3-1

ATLANTA - A visit from the Washington Nationals came at just the right time to fire up the Atlanta Braves.

August 11, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


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