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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


Senior Giuliani campaign staffers forgo paychecks, a sign of possible money troubles

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate and last year's national front-runner.

January 26, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Democrats looking at tax rebates, benefit boosts and public works to stimulate economy

WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling Congress are looking at tax rebates, extended unemployment benefits and more food stamps to stimulate the sagging economy.

January 26, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Air travelers stuck in security showdown between Bush administration, states

WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses - a dispute that, by May, could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings.

January 26, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | National


US commanders in Iraq tout success of massive bombing campaign

BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of the largest bombing campaigns of the war destroyed extremists' ''defensive belts'' south of Baghdad, allowing American soldiers to push into areas where they have not been in years, a top commander said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police Report - January 12

(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)

January 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


N.C. sheriff: Pregnant Marine is dead, comrade she accused of sex assault is suspect

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities searched a neighborhood Friday for a shallow grave holding the body of a pregnant Marine, and said the main suspect in her death was a comrade she had accused of rape.

January 26, 2008 | By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer | National


French judge rejects bid by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ex-wife to block book publication

PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife lost a legal battle Friday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called her former husband ''cheap'' and a ''womanizer.''

January 26, 2008 | By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Federal budget was in surplus in December but deficit now higher so far this year

WASHINGTON - The federal budget recorded a record surplus for December, but for the first three months of the budget year, the deficit is running significantly higher than the previous year.

January 26, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Bank of America to buy Countrywide for $4.1 billion in stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bank of America said Friday it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, a deal that rescues the country's biggest mortgage lender and expands the financial services empire of the nation's largest consumer bank.

January 26, 2008 | By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS AP Business Writer | National


YMCA aims to become America’s No. 1 fitness and anti-obesity crusader

NEW YORK - Founded in the mid-19th century, the Young Men's Christian Association has expanded far beyond its name in the United States. It welcomes all faiths, half the 20.2 million people it serves are female, and more than half are adults.

January 26, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | National


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Juror removed from Aaron Hernandez trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. - The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez removed a juror Tuesday, saying there was evidence she had previously discussed evidence in the case and had an early interest in being seated on the panel.

February 03, 2015 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports


Smoltz pays visit to future Cooperstown home

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - When John Smoltz plopped down in a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and stared at all the bronze plaques on the walls, the moment was both magical and a bit overwhelming.

February 03, 2015 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Armstrong cited after cars hit by SUV

DENVER - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars with an SUV after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his longtime girlfriend take the blame to avoid national attention, police reports show.

February 03, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Sports


Blank: Falcons 'wrong' to add crowd noise

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday he has seen enough of the NFL's investigation of fake crowd noise at Atlanta's home games to acknowledge wrongdoing.

February 03, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Space heater likely cause of fatal Millen house fire

A space heater is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Millen Sunday morning that took the life of a teenage boy.

February 03, 2015 | From staff reports | Local




No injuries after semi flips in Bulloch County

No one was injured Monday morning when an 18-wheeler flipped over on Georgia Highway 119 near the Interstate 16 off ramp.

February 03, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia Southern University launches new virtual campus tour

Georgia Southern University recently launched a virtual campus tour for prospective students interested in learning more about the university and the admissions experience.

February 03, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Sherry Lynn's is full of unique Valentine's gifts

Sherry Lynn's Farm Girl Miscellany and Sherry Lynn's Salon is located at 8 East Vine Street behind the Sea Island Bank's downtown drive thru.

February 03, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Locally Owned


The way to your Valentine's heart may go through Mom

WASHINGTON - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers - to her mother.

February 03, 2015 | By CONNIE CASS and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press






Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

CAMBRIDGE, England - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he's taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president.

February 02, 2015 | By JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Brady still wants more

PHOENIX - Tom Brady knows what's next: more Super Bowl wins.

February 02, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Ga. man suspected of killing 5 arrested in Mississippi

LAGRANGE, Ga. - A Georgia man charged in the deaths of his wife, three of her family members and a friend was arrested at a bus station in Tupelo, Mississippi, authorities said Monday.

February 02, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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