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Pirates release Japanese tanker off Somalia, crew appear unharmed

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirates freed a Japanese tanker and its 22 crew members apparently unharmed off the Somali coast Wednesday, a U.S. Navy spokesman said. A man who claimed he was one of the pirates said a ransom was paid for the release.

December 27, 2007 | By MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR and MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Car bomb kills senior army general in tense Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb attack killed one of Lebanon's top generals and his driver on Wednesday, putting even more pressure on the country's delicate political situation.

December 27, 2007 | By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer | National


Government officials say Italy’s truck drivers have agreed to end protest

ROME - Italy's truck drivers agreed Wednesday to call off a protest that has blocked highways for three days, causing shortages of gasoline, medicines and perishable foods across Italy, government officials said.

December 27, 2007 | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Tens of thousands march in Athens as Greece grinds to halt in general strike

ATHENS, Greece - Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed central Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday as a general strike to protest government plans to reform the country's debt-ridden pension system brought Greece to a standstill.

December 27, 2007 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


More than 50 Taliban killed after fleeing Musa Qala; 2 NATO soldiers killed in blast

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 50 Taliban fighters who fled a key southern Afghan town were killed in a two-day battle as the militants tried to attack a nearby government center, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Canadian serial killer gets maximum sentence; life with no parole for at least 25 years

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) - Convicted serial killer Robert ''Willie'' Pickton won't be eligible for parole for a minimum of 25 years, the maximum penalty allowed by law, a judge ruled Tuesday after hearing gripping testimony from victims' relatives.

December 27, 2007 | By DAN BURRITT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Scientists: Energy source of the Northern Lights discovered — a stream of charged particles

SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists think they have discovered the energy source of auroras borealis, the spectacular color displays seen in the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | National


Bosnian Serb general convicted, sentenced to 33 years for deadly siege of Sarajevo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Bosnian Serb general who ordered the relentless shelling, sniping and indiscriminate terror that rained down on Sarajevo during the final phase of a 44-month siege, was convicted of war crimes Wednesday and given a 33-year prison sentence.

December 27, 2007 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Judge rules lawsuits by cleared Central Park jogger attack suspects can proceed

NEW YORK - A judge gave a tentative go-ahead to lawsuits filed on behalf of five men wrongly convicted in the notorious 1989 Central Park jogger attack, tossing out some claims but allowing others to proceed against the city.

December 27, 2007 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer | National


Chilean judge sentences Catholic priest to recite psalms for traffic violation

SANTIAGO, Chile - A judge in southern Chile has sentenced a Catholic priest to recite seven psalms daily during three months as punishment for illegal parking.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


President Bush pardons 29 convicts, but not former White House aide

WASHINGTON - President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and a violator of election laws, but not to I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative.

December 27, 2007 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | National


Study finds small evolutionary change in women’s backs keeps them from toppling when pregnant

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists think they have figured out why pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over despite ever-growing weight up front.

December 27, 2007 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | National


Hayden knew about videotapes before taking command of CIA

WASHINGTON - The CIA failed to fully inform Congress that it was videotaping the harsh interrogations of terrorist suspects and that it destroyed the tapes in 2005, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | National


New trade deal means more Chinese tourists could soon be visiting, helping American business

NEW YORK (AP) - Chinese citizens flush with cash from their booming economy will find it easier to vacation in the U.S. following a long-awaited agreement that the American travel industry hopes will bring in billions of dollars.

December 27, 2007 | By SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press Writer | National


Israeli-Palestinian peace talks get off to rocky start after 7-year freeze

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian rocket barrage, an Israeli army incursion in Gaza and a fresh land dispute in Jerusalem marred the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


Not a lot of lofty expectations for 2015 Braves

ATLANTA - The Braves are trying to be optimistic after a flurry of offseason moves signaled the franchise going into rebuilding mode.

February 02, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Obama wants $42M to deepen Savannah harbor

SAVANNAH - More than two years after the federal government approved deepening the waterway used by cargo ships to reach the Port of Savannah, President Barack Obama on Monday began pushing for $42 million to start helping Georgia pay for the $706 million project.

February 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Koepka gets first tour win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - For the longest time, Brooks Koepka was known primarily for the stamps in his passport.

February 02, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Quinn gets 5-year deal

By CHARLES ODUM

February 02, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Manziel enters rehab program

CLEVELAND - Johnny Manziel has sought help to change his off-field lifestyle.

February 02, 2015 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Subway's 'Day of Giving' has raised $350,000

In April 1988, when Gary Davis opened his first Subway restaurant on South Main Street, no one could imagine the incredible success the chain would have globally.

February 02, 2015 | | Business


Truly international Brodie

Brodie International is a Statesboro-based manufacturer with local owners, but with a sales office in Beijing and customers in the petroleum industry around the world.

February 02, 2015 | By AL HACKLE | Business


Millen fire claims life of 14-year-old boy

MILLEN - Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that claimed the life of a teenage boy in Millen.

February 02, 2015 | The Associated Press | Local


The heart behind the hands

As director of The Hearts & Hands Clinic, Urkovia Andrews is the face of Statesboro's only free health care clinic for the medically uninsured.

February 02, 2015 | By JULIE LAVENDER Special to the Herald | Local


Black History Month

I came to know about "Blind Willie" McTell late in my life - about 11 years ago when I was working on Del Presley's "A Place to Call Home" at the brand new Emma Kelly Theater.

February 02, 2015 | By MICAL R. WHITAKER | Columnists/Editorials


Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Celebrate the "love month"

Seems a little unreasonable that the month of February, the one that touts hearts and love and sweethearts and chocolate, is the shortest month on the calendar. But, that just means extra care and attention must be given each day to those we love. Warm up the days in February with time spent with family - bundle up and go for long walks, roast marshmallows, read books under the covers or gather in the kitchen and prepare a big pot of soup. Make every day a celebration with unique ideas or try some of the holidays below.

February 02, 2015 | By JULIE LAVENDER | Columnists/Editorials


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