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Court reduces sentence for Iraqi shoe thrower

BAGHDAD - Iraq's highest court on Tuesday reduced the prison sentence for an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at former President George W. Bush from three years to one, a court spokesman said.

Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, the spokesman, said the decision was taken because the journalist had no prior criminal history.

April 07, 2009 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer | World


Among 4-year-olds, 1 in 5 obese, study finds

CHICAGO - A striking new study says almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children, with nearly a third of them obese.

Researchers were surprised to see differences by race at so early an age.

April 07, 2009 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | World


Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage - and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote, the minimum needed, to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto. Its vote followed a much easier override vote in the Senate, which rebuffed the Republican governor with a vote of 23-5.

April 07, 2009 | By DAVE GRAM Associated Press Writer | World


Obama in Baghdad, tells troops Iraq must take over

BAGHDAD - Cheered wildly by U.S. troops, President Barack Obama flew unannounced into Iraq on Tuesday and promptly declared it was time for Iraqis to "take responsibility for their country" after America's commitment of six years and thousands of lives.

"You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country," the president said as he made a brief inspection of a war he opposed as candidate and now vows to end as commander in chief. "That is an extraordinary achievement."

April 07, 2009 | JENNIFER LOVEN AP White House Correspondent | World


Manager keeps lunch on time

Judy Knight is the lunchroom manager at Brooklet Elementary School. In fact, she has spent almost her entire life in the sleepy little town of Brooklet.

April 06, 2009 | By ROGER ALLEN | Local


From the Masters: The rock star arrives

AUGUSTA – The rock star of golf has arrived. At approximately 3 p.m., local children chased his golf cart through the parking lot, and the obscure sound of velcro opening to unleash hoards of personal cameras engulfed an otherwise peaceful early Monday afternoon of Masters week at the Augusta National Golf Club.

April 06, 2009 | By VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Ogeechee District names top conservationist

The Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District, which is made up of Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Screven and Tattnall Counties, hosted the 58th Annual Awards Banquet to recognize an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation.

April 06, 2009 | Special to the Herald | Business


Focus of senior care changing

When the United States census is taken next year on April 1, 2010, the demographic snapshot of our diverse country will continue to develop into a picture of an aging nation.

April 06, 2009 | By JENNY LYNN ANDERSON Special to the Herald | Business


Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Annual ArtsFest; Bulloch History Moment: Sinkhole

Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Friday, April 3, 2008

April 06, 2009 | MATTHEW BANKHEAD/Producer mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


Pain, grief, questions in NY shootings aftermath

BINGHAMTON, New York - The sister of the man who killed 13 people and took his own life at an immigrant center was depressed about losing his job at a vacuum manufacturer and very frustrated with his poor English skills, his sister said Monday.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Jiverly Wong's sister said she had "occasional communications" with him but they hadn't lived in the same house together for 20 years. The woman, whose name wasn't given during the interview, said her younger sibling kept his feelings to himself.

April 06, 2009 | CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press Writer | World


Missing Neb. family turns up; parents in custody

OMAHA, Neb. - A couple on probation for burglary who vanished with their children after being questioned about abuse allegations turned themselves in to authorities Monday, a sheriff said.

April 06, 2009 | The Associated Press | World


Series of bombings in Baghdad Shiite areas kill 36

BAGHDAD - Six bombs rocked Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Monday, killing 36 people and wounding more than 110 in a dramatic escalation of violence as the U.S. military is thinning out its presence before a June 30 deadline to pull combat troops out of the cities.

Angry survivors hurled stones at Iraqi soldiers at the site of one of the blasts in Sadr City after troops fired shots in the air to disperse crowds of people trying to care for the injured, witnesses said.

April 06, 2009 | HAMID AHMED Associated Press Writer | World


Airlines earn higher marks for quality in 2008

WASHINGTON - Airlines carried fewer people last year, but did a better job for those who did fly.

The rates of lost bags, late arrivals, passengers bumped from overbooked flights and consumer complaints all declined, private researchers say in their annual study of airline quality, based on government statistics.

April 06, 2009 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press Writer | World


SEB's Junior ROTC program gains recognition

Many students at Southeast Bulloch High School belong to a specific club or organization. Most gather together before the bell rings, and are easily identifiable by their group jacket or shirt. Every one of these groups has strict rules as to student conduct and performance, which accounts for an "Esprit de Corps" within each group.

April 05, 2009 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Local


Patton-Holt

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Patton of Huntington, W.Va, announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Jo Patton of Lithia Springs, Ga., to Brian Ronald Holt of Statesboro, Ga., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Olen Holt of Albany, Ga.

April 04, 2009 | | Wedding Planner


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