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Key home price index shows record decline in 2007, double-digit drops in 8 metro areas

NEW YORK - U.S. home prices dropped 8.9 percent in the final quarter of 2007 compared with a year ago, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday, the steepest decline in the 20-year history of its housing index.

March 12, 2008 | By J.W. ELPHINSTONE Associated Press Writer | National


Jury in Ohio begins deliberating sentence for ex-cop convicted of killing lover, unborn baby

CANTON, Ohio - A jury began deliberating Tuesday whether to recommend the death sentence for a former police officer convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn daughter.

March 12, 2008 | By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Writer | National


Slain bridegroom’s father testifies at NYC detectives’ trial that he saw a defendant at bar

NEW YORK - The father of a man killed in a hail of police gunfire on his wedding day testified Tuesday that he saw one of the three undercover detectives on trial for the shooting in the bar where his son's bachelor party was held.

March 12, 2008 | By TOM HAYS Associated Press Writer | National


College campus outside Roanoke, Va., locked down during search for man seen with handgun

FERRUM, Va. - Classes were canceled and a small private college went on lockdown Tuesday as police searched for a man who was seen with a gun on campus, officials said.

March 12, 2008 | By SUE LINDSEY Associated Press Writer | National


Consumer confidence plunges in February on worries about business conditions, jobs

NEW YORK - Consumer confidence plunged in February as Americans worried about less-favorable business conditions and job prospects, a business-backed research group said Tuesday.

March 12, 2008 | By EILEEN ALT POWELL AP Business Writer | National


Justices sends age discrimination case back for further review

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has left the door open for workers in age discrimination cases to present supporting evidence from other employees at a company.

March 12, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Washington


Moussaoui appeal says lawyers unfairly prohibited from discussing classified evidence

WASHINGTON - Lawyers urged Zacarias Moussaoui not to plead guilty to terrorism charges. They just couldn't tell him why.

March 12, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


House lawmakers spar over elections past, present and future

WASHINGTON - House Democrats and Republicans sparred Tuesday over elections - not who wins and loses, but who gets to vote, and how.

March 12, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | Washington


Higher costs for food, energy and medicine push wholesale prices up sharply

WASHINGTON - Battered by bad economic news, consumer confidence plunged while wholesale food, energy and medicine costs soared, pushing inflation up at the fastest pace in a quarter century.

March 12, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Fed auctions another $30 billion to combat credit crisis in 6th such move

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, seeking to combat effects of the credit crisis, said Tuesday it had auctioned another $30 billion in funds to commercial banks, at an interest rate of 3.080 percent. It was the sixth in a series of auctions that so far have pumped $160 billion into the nation's banking system in an effort to provide cash-strapped banks with extra reserves.

March 12, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Internal transcripts show EPA chief Johnson faced dilemma

WASHINGTON - Some career staffers concerned about the reputation of the Environmental Protection Agency believed that Administrator Stephen Johnson would have to consider resigning if he turned down California's request to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, newly released documents show.

March 12, 2008 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Annan suspends talks to end Kenya crisis, says he will speak to leaders

NAIROBI, Kenya - Mediator Kofi Annan suspended negotiations on Kenya's deadly postelection crisis and said Tuesday he would personally appeal for a power-sharing deal because talks were ''turning around in circles.''

March 12, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Convictions of 7 British Muslims exposes network of terror camps in rural England

LONDON - Clad in mud-smeared combat fatigues, the young Muslims trained on picturesque British farmland, hurling imaginary grenades, wielding sticks as mock rifles and chopping watermelons in simulated beheadings.

March 12, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


United States reports disquiet over preparations for Zimbabwe elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe - U.S. officials said Tuesday that Washington was concerned over ''ominous signs'' Zimbabwe was unprepared to hold free and fair elections next month.

March 12, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraq denounces Turkish incursion and demands immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government demanded for the first time that Turkey immediately withdraw from northern Iraq, warning Tuesday it feared an ongoing incursion could lead to clashes with the official forces of the semiautonomous Kurdish region.

March 12, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Innovative mental health program short on funds

Mental health experts in Georgia say federal spending cuts will weaken a program that trains ordinary people to provide "first aid" for a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

January 05, 2015 | By LEE ADCOCK Georgia Health News | Associated Press






Are you guilty of giving junk to the poor?

When Kristen Welch, blogger at We Are That Family, posted in October an essay called "Dear World: Let's Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor" an avalanche of commentary followed. Ms. Welch's asserts that those blessed to live in rich countries should give their very best to support those less fortunate. Instead, we often use charity as an excuse to clean out all the broken, stained and unusable items in our house. While many applauded her honesty, others questioned who decides what's crap versus treasure. Should we really fill up landfills instead of donating items to charity ...

January 05, 2015 | By HEATHER HALE Deseret News National | Hot topics


Jury selection to get underway in marathon attacks

BOSTON - People who lost loved ones or were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are clamoring for justice as jury selection gets underway in one of the nation's most closely watched federal death penalty cases in two decades.

January 05, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Associated Press


Longtime ESPN sportscaster Scott dies at 49

Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.

January 04, 2015 | By RICK FREEMAN Associated Press | Sports


Teens with strong religious worldviews more likely to avoid drugs, alcohol

It's a fact that surfaces in drug prevention programs, pop culture references and academic studies - one that makes church-going parents breathe sighs of relief and youth group leaders pat themselves on the back.

January 04, 2015 | By KELSEY DALLAS Deseret News National | Hot topics


10 exhilarating rites of passage for every parent

However imperceptibly, rites of passage change us, preparing us for new opportunities in life. Here are just a few rites of passage, both painful and joyous, that are requisite in parenthood. Which of these events have you gone through, and which do you have to look forward to?

January 04, 2015 | By DEBORAH GOODMAN Deseret News National | Hot topics


Wallenda aims to cross gorge with great-grandfather's image

ATLANTA - The image of Karl Wallenda crossing the Tallulah Gorge is still vivid for those who witnessed it on July 18, 1970.

January 04, 2015 | By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press | Associated Press


A response to Dr. John Waters

Editor:

January 04, 2015 | | Letters To The Editor


Johnson-Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Abb Dan Johnson Jr. of Twin City are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ansley Leigh Johnson, to Carson Hugh Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edwin Smith Jr. of Vidalia.

January 04, 2015 | | Weddings


7-year-old plane crash survivor may help probe

EDDYVILLE, Ky. - Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash, walked a mile through the cold, dark woods to safety and then helped authorities locate the wreckage and remains of her family, may not be done helping investigators.

January 04, 2015 | By TIMOTHY D. EASLEY Associated Press | Associated Press


Living with Children with John Rosemond - Lavish parties, gifts and trips are 'just plain nuts'

A reader writes that her friends "recently spent around $300 on their daughter's birthday party - her first. They bought lots of stuff to entertain their young guests and extended family. The child, a baby, obviously had no clue what was going on. I should mention that the parents are struggling to make ends meet." She asks for my take on this.

January 03, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - Thank God for a fresh start

One of the more popular shows currently on the small screen is "American Pickers," starring business partners Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. They travel the country in their large van, searching through barns, back yards - literally anywhere they can find old pieces of what most would call junk but that they think they can sell in their two Antique Archaeology stores. I could be wrong, but it seems a safe bet that neither Mike nor Frank got very excited as kids about Christmas or birthday parties, as both normally include gifts that are new rather than old.

January 03, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender - Make the most of 2015

Fireworks and sparkling grape juice, off-key "Auld Lang Syne" tunes, a large falling ball, horns and hugs and kisses ushered in a new year. Do you have dreams and hopes for 2015? Whatever your plans for the new year, make family and loved ones a priority with lots of special time and celebrations to treasure for much longer than 365 days.

January 03, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


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