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Polish foreign minister accuses Russia of blackmail in opposition to US missile shield plan

WASHINGTON - Poland's foreign minister Radek Sikorski on Thursday accused Russia of blackmail for making threats aimed at derailing plans to allow the U.S. to install missile defense interceptors on Polish territory.

February 15, 2008 | By DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Consumer spending slows abruptly in December, turning in weakest growth in 6 months

WASHINGTON - Consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening.

February 15, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Prep Sports Blitz - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank

Prep Sports Blitz for Thursday, January 31.

February 15, 2008 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports Blitz


Army suicides rise as much as 20 percent, report says

WASHINGTON - As many as 121 Army soldiers committed suicide in 2007, a jump of some 20 percent over the year before, officials said Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | Washington


Senior al-Qaida commander al-Libi, 1 of U.S. most wanted, killed

CAIRO, Egypt - Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who was blamed for bombing a base while Vice President Cheney was visiting last year, has been killed, according to a militant Web site.

February 15, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | World


Back from Darfur, George Clooney takes on new role as UN messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS - In his new role as U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney was playing himself.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer | World


Court orders new trial in Wis. ’shaken baby syndrome’ case

MADISON, Wis. - An appeals court Thursday threw out the conviction of a woman imprisoned for shaking a baby to death and ordered a new trial, saying the latest research into ''shaken baby syndrome'' might prove her innocence.

February 15, 2008 | By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press Writer | National


Bush says lawmakers leave nation vulnerable by holding up eavesdropping law

LAS VEGAS - Sternly prodding Congress, President Bush said Thursday that lawmakers are jeopardizing the nation's safety by failing to lock in a government eavesdropping law.

February 15, 2008 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | National


Drifter pleads guilty, sentenced to life in death of hiker

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - Gary Michael Hilton was sentenced Thursday to life in prison - with possibility of parole in 30 years - after pleading guilty to murder in the beating-death of a young woman hiker in the north Georgia mountains.

February 15, 2008 | By DANIEL YEE Associated Press Writer | National


Police say Ohio nurse accused of rape abused 14 patients

SANDUSKY, Ohio - A nightshift nurse charged with raping a partially paralyzed nursing home patient abused 13 other patients, including many who could not communicate, at health care centers since the mid-1980s, authorities said Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Writer | National


The Measure of a Nation: In the American presidency, myth and reality a potent combination

EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the first story in ''The Measure of a Nation,'' a yearlong series of multimedia story packages about the American presidency and the 2008 elections as seen through the prism of the culture, not the candidates.

February 15, 2008 | By TED ANTHONY and RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer | National


Whirlpool to close Tenn., Mexico plants, affecting 1,250 workers

DETROIT - Whirlpool Corp. is closing plants in Tennessee and Mexico, affecting a total of 1,250 workers, the appliance maker announced Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By JEFF KAROUB AP Business Writer | National


No delays as new ID rules requiring proof of citizenship take effect at U.S. border

HIGHGATE, Vt. - Motorists passed easily through border checkpoints Thursday as tougher identification standards for U.S. and Canadian citizens went into effect without the backups and confusion some travelers had feared.

February 15, 2008 | By WILSON RING Associated Press Writer | National


Police Report - February 1

(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.)

February 15, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Mortgage brokers scramble to retain business, reassure public of ethical standards amid bust

Mortgage brokers who haven't fled or been forced out of the industry are in survival mode.

February 15, 2008 | By ALAN ZIBEL Associated Press Writer | National


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Portal travels to face Raiders

PORTAL - The road doesn't get any easier for the Portal Panthers tonight as they face their sixth consecutive opponent that will likely make the Class A state playoff field in November.

October 23, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


BA takes on region foe Trinity

Bulloch Academy will have to find a way to derail the 'Payne Train' tonight when they face Trinity Christian School in a key GISA Region 2-AAA matchup at Cleve Warnock Stadium in Dublin.

October 23, 2014 | By RAHN HUTCHESON Special to the Herald | Prep Sports 360


Probe shows UNC cheating scandal involved 3,100 students

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes.

October 23, 2014 | By AARON BEARD and EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Sports


Hart named president of operations

ATLANTA - John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations.

October 23, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


World Series moves to the bay

SAN FRANCISCO - Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco's waterfront ballpark unique.

October 23, 2014 | By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Chubb keeps No. 9 Georgia moving

ATHENS - Thanks to Nick Chubb, concerns about Georgia's running game have subsided even as Todd Gurley's status remains uncertain.

October 23, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | UGA


Compton among St. Simons leaders

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.

October 23, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

NEWNAN, Ga. - Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.

October 23, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


9 tips to survival parenting

After my close call with lightning on a mountain climb this summer, my younger sister suggested I read one of her favorite books: "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why," (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004) by Laurence Gonzales.

October 23, 2014 | By TIFFANY GEE LEWIS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Marriage isn’t about romance

I've always loved the movies, especially a good romance. When I was young, I often dreamed of being swept off my feet to romantic places like Paris or Italy by a tall, dark and perfectly handsome man who would serenade me while I stood on the balcony in the moonlight. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

October 23, 2014 | By TIFFANY FLETCHER Deseret News National | Hot topics




Royals even series with 7-2 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

October 22, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Local Roundup: Statesboro High 2014 Hall of Fame

The Statesboro Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the upcoming addition of six new members.

October 22, 2014 | From staff reports | Prep Sports 360


Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement

ATHENS - Mark Richt said he was optimistic on Wednesday as Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

October 22, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | UGA


NFL Weekend Picks: Broncos have bad Chargers memory

The Denver Broncos fear no one in the AFC, nor should they given their recent record.

October 22, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


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