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Astrograph 12/13

In the year ahead, you will find yourself providing the inspiration to make life for you and others far more beautiful and rewarding. Your understanding and awareness to the needs of your associates brings this about.

December 28, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


EU leaders sign bloc’s new treaty, give go-ahead for a European president

LISBON, Portugal - European Union leaders signed a new treaty on Thursday that would give the 27-nation bloc a long-term president and streamline its decision-making process.

December 28, 2007 | By BARRY HATTON Associated Press Writer | World


Democrats ready omnibus budget bill; White House ’encouraged’

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats pressed ahead Thursday with a bill to keep the federal government open for another week as lawmakers fashioned an omnibus spending bill and sought agreement with the White House.

December 28, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | National


Proposed demolition of New Orleans public housing prods cries of ’Housing is a human right!’

NEW ORLEANS - In normal times, redevelopment of public housing to make way for mixed-income neighborhoods might have gone largely unopposed. But passions are high in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where residents are desperate for cheap housing.

December 28, 2007 | By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer | National


Dear Abby 12/13

DEAR ABBY: I admit it: I am scatterbrained. I'm forgetful when it comes to events and information that affect me personally, although I have the odd ability to remember facts and trivia. It is a source of frustration and amusement to others that I can remember details about the Battle of Actium, but can also lose my car for several days because I forgot where I had it parked.

December 28, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Sirens, displays mark Chinese commemoration of ’Nanking Massacre’

BEIJING - Sirens sounded and students stood at attention Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's notorious wartime massacre of civilians in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

December 28, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | World


Malaysia arrests ethnic Indians under law allowing detention without trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities arrested five ethnic Indian activists Thursday under a security law that allows indefinite detention without trial, a lawyer said.

December 28, 2007 | By SEAN YOONG Associated Press Writer | World


Sharpton denounces reports of probe into his financial records, employees

NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday angrily denounced reports of an investigation into his 2004 presidential bid and suggested that federal authorities were retaliating against him for his civil rights advocacy.

December 28, 2007 | By PAT MILTON Associated Press Writer | National


Russia, Iran agree on completion schedule for Bushehr plant, reports say

MOSCOW - Russia and Iran reached agreement Thursday on a schedule for finishing construction of a nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.

December 28, 2007 | By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer | World


Shelling, gunbattles kill at least 17 in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortar rounds slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday and gunbattles erupted across the city, killing 17 people hours after a government official said radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.

December 28, 2007 | By SALAD DUHUL Associated Press Writer | World


Algiers suicide bombers had been jailed, released in amnesty; death toll now 37

ALGIERS, Algeria - Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official said Thursday.

December 28, 2007 | By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press Writer | World


Musharraf to end emergency rule, restore constitution Saturday, says official

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf will lift Pakistan's state of emergency only after changing the constitution to ensure he cannot be hauled before a court, a senior official said Thursday, as lawyers held more protests against the retired general.

December 28, 2007 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | World


Pentagon chief opens talks with NATO allies on boosting Afghan mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday began two days of talks with allied defense and diplomatic officials on how to re-energize and reinforce NATO efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the radical Taliban insurgency has managed to increase its attacks in recent months.

December 28, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 12/13

DEAR DR. GOTT: Because of gastrointestinal symptoms and lower-left chest pain, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. While describing my symptoms and giving a history, the doctor was at his computer taking notes. He also accessed my records at the hospital where he is on staff and where I have had many tests and procedures.

December 28, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Pelosi says Republicans ‘like’ the Iraq war, will pay a price

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

December 28, 2007 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


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US declares wood storks no longer endangered

TOWNSEND, Ga. - The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Nation


Astros avoid sweep, pound Braves

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros had solid pitching but couldn't get their offense going in the first two games against Atlanta.

June 26, 2014 | By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves - AP


Nadal rallies, gets revenge

LONDON - Not this time.

June 26, 2014 | By STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


A rude welcome back to action for Tiger Woods

BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic."

June 26, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


US survives, advances despite loss

RECIFE, Brazil - They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the hotel Thursday, the U.S. World Cup team was struck with an unusual sight.

June 26, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bulloch County sheriff: Convicted felon, gang member arrested

Deputies investigating a bicycle theft held a convicted felon and known gang member at gunpoint after he reached for a pistol in his waistband earlier this week, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

June 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Schools chief apologizes for "hurtful" blog posts

PHOENIX - Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist.

June 26, 2014 | By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press | World


Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

WASHINGTON - The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.

June 26, 2014 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press | World




New drive-thru Parker's opens

Parker's new convenience store and gas station, at 1588 Brampton Ave., opened Wednesday. It is the chain's 36th store in Georgia and South Carolina and the first with a drive-thru window.

June 25, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


Facing friends and foes

RECIFE, Brazil - When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment.

June 25, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Messi, Neymar lead all scorers

RIO DE JANEIRO - The race for the World Cup golden boot turned into a Barcelona battle Wednesday as Lionel Messi scored twice to lead Argentina to an entertaining 3-2 win over Nigeria and match Neymar's tournament-leading four goals in three games for Brazil.

June 25, 2014 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | Sports


Djokovic needs four sets to advance

LONDON - Novak Djokovic held his breath. Radek Stepanek knelt on the Wimbledon turf and folded his hands in mock prayer.

June 25, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


League removes cap on damages for concussions

The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.

June 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | Sports


Giants' Lincecum tosses no-hitter

SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.

June 25, 2014 | By RICK EYMER Associated Press | Sports


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