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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 | World


No hanging chad, but plenty of controversy in Bay Area mayor’s race

VALLEJO, Calif. - Election Day turned into Groundhog Day in this waterfront city.

December 27, 2007 | By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer | National


Police Report - December 13

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.

December 27, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


2 Emirati men sentenced to 15 years each for attack on Swiss-French boy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Two Emirati men were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison in the highly charged kidnapping and sexual assault of a French-Swiss teenage boy.

December 27, 2007 | By BARBARA SURK Associated Press Writer | World


Under new pressure at climate talks, US fends off ‘too ambitious’ emissions guidelines

BALI, Indonesia - As the U.N. climate conference entered its last days, the United States encountered - and rejected - fresh demands Wednesday that it accept ambitious guidelines for negotiating future cuts in emissions of global-warming gases.

December 27, 2007 | By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent | World


Deadly Algeria bombings could be harbinger of rise of terrorism in North Africa

MADRID, Spain - Algeria has seen more than its fair share of Islamist attacks, but Tuesday's carnage was different. Never before has such a prominent Western site - U.N. offices - been struck with such deadly ferocity in the North African nation.

December 27, 2007 | By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writer | World


Modified stem cells from muscular dystrophy patients ease symptoms in mice, study finds

NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists eased symptoms of muscular dystrophy in mice by injecting modified stem cells from human patients, a preliminary result that raises hopes for treating patients with tissue from their own bodies.

December 27, 2007 | By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Triple car bombings strike oil-rich southern Iraqi city, killing at least 41 and injuring 150

BAGHDAD - Three car bombs exploded in quick succession in the market district of a southern Iraqi city Wednesday, killing at least 41 people and injuring 150 in an oil-rich Shiite region that has largely escaped sectarian bloodshed, authorities said. It was the country's deadliest bombing in four months.

December 27, 2007 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer | World


Fed works with other central banks to deal with credit crunch, soothing Wall Street

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced a novel approach to injecting money into the banking system as it struggles to combat a severe credit crunch that threatens to drag the country into a recession.

December 27, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | National


Vegas police search for gunmen who shot 6 near school bus; security added at schools

LAS VEGAS - Police searched for two gunmen Wednesday who wounded six young people at a bus stop, an attack that officials believe stemmed from a fight about a girl. Tight security met students entering high schools.

December 27, 2007 | By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press Writer | National


Pakistani regulator warns TV networks over live broadcasts as election campaign gathers speed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The government's intolerance of public dissent isn't easing ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, with TV executives warned they could go to jail and pay fines if they give the president's critics a live forum.

December 27, 2007 | By PAUL ALEXANDER Associated Press Writer | World


Colo. shooter’s family ’groping for answers,’ praying for victims as services begin

DENVER - The family of a young man who went on a deadly shooting rampage in two Colorado religious centers before killing himself said Wednesday that they are ''groping for answers'' and praying for the victims' families.

December 27, 2007 | By GEORGE MERRITT and ERIC GORSKI Associated Press Writers | National


Dear Abby 12/12

DEAR ABBY: I am a happily married mother of two - a girl, 9, and a boy, 7. My problem is my older sister is married to a pedophile. "Frank" went to jail after pleading guilty to sexual interference with a young girl. (It was not his first offense.) My sister and Frank have no children and live a five-hour drive away. They plan to visit us at Christmas, but not stay at our house.

December 26, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Police Report - December 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.)

December 26, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


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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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