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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


Analysis: After Iowa, New Hampshire, every Republican for himself at GOP debate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It was every Republican for himself.

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


Astrograph 1/11

Fortunate circumstances are being ushered in that can make many of your personal goals a reality in the year ahead. Some major changes in your lifestyle will be in the offing as a result, but even if you can't see this right now, start planning for it anyway.

January 26, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Abu Ghraib officer says investigation of abuse at Iraqi prison didn’t go far enough

BALTIMORE - The revelation that the Army threw out the conviction of the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib scandal renewed outrage from human rights advocates who complained that not enough military and civilian leaders were held accountable for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

January 26, 2008 | By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer | National


Congressional investigation finds a former TSA Web site vulnerable to security breaches

WASHINGTON - Some travelers may be vulnerable to identity theft after petitioning the government a year ago to have their names removed from lists that restrict them from flying.

January 26, 2008 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


San Francisco seeks to inspect property seized from tiger attack victims at city zoo

SAN FRANCISCO - Personal property seized from the victims of a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo may contain evidence that they taunted the animal, provoking it to escape its pen, the city attorney's office argued in court documents.

January 26, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Ask Dr. Gott 1/11

DEAR DR. GOTT: olf season will begin again in Indiana in a few short months. We only have two smokers in our group of 20, but every day when we choose up teams, it seems like one of the smokers shares a cart with me.

January 26, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 1/11

DEAR ABBY: "Wilbur" and I have been together for 25 years, married for nine. During that time we have been through almost everything.

January 26, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Mullen: US-Iranian navy clash reflects shift in Tehran military strategy

WASHINGTON - The recent confrontation between Iranian and U.S. navy forces in the Persian Gulf reflects a shift in military strategy by Tehran to use its Revolutionary Guard's fast boats in a more aggressive manner in the region, the top U.S. military officer said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Consumer confidence sinks to record low over worry about jobs, energy costs, and foreclosures

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence fell to an all-time low as worries about jobs, energy bills and home foreclosures darkened people's feelings about the country's economic health and their own financial well-being.

January 26, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Bush administration times Saudi arms sale notification with president’s Riyadh arrival

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will notify Congress on Monday of its intent to sell $20 billion in weapons, including precision-guided bombs, to Saudi Arabia, moving up the announcement to coincide with the president's arrival in Riyadh, The Associated Press has learned.

January 26, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Washington


Record price for foreign oil pushes U.S. trade deficit to highest level in 14 months

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit in November rose to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record foreign crude oil prices. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.

January 26, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Judges reject lawsuit by British detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Friday against four British men who contend they were systematically tortured and their religious rights abused throughout their two-year detention at Guantanamo Bay.

January 26, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | National


Former aide to Taylor testifies about concealed embargo-breaking arms shipments

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor concealed banned weapons and ammunition in rice sacks before distributing them to rebels fighting in Sierra Leone's civil war, a former aide and army commander testified Thursday.

January 25, 2008 | By ARTHUR MAX Associated Press Writer | World


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Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer | Nation


Unusual resemblance: You look just like your car — and it looks like your dog

Here's a twist on family resemblance: A Swiss study says it's possible to match people with their cars, because they look alike. And the resemblance carries through to the family dog, too.

September 04, 2014 | By LOIS M. COLLINS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

ATLANTA - A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours was charged Thursday with murder in the toddler's death.

September 04, 2014 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Bribing your kids? Experts say think twice

A study released last month indicates that U.S. children receive from parents an average of $1,360 each year in the form of allowances, rewards and incentives. The study, which was conducted by coupon brand Vouchercloud, found that 71 percent of the parents of 5- to 10-year-olds give their children money regularly.

September 04, 2014 | By ROBERT BEAUPRE Deseret News National | Hot topics


Nightmare for vulnerable: Unlicensed care homes in Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The investigation of a South Georgia unlicensed personal care home began with the report of a resident of the facility breaking into a nearby home to get food.

September 04, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Local


Court grants Obama plea to re-hear health case

WASHINGTON - The federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling Thursday that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.

September 04, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

NEW DELHI - Promising to "storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder," al-Qaida announced Thursday it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.

September 04, 2014 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


Moth Project to attract ‘second-shift pollinators’ to Georgia Southern campus

Starting next week, Georgia Southern University will cater to some very special guests: moths.

September 04, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


September 4 - Born in Metter, Ga., Candler County, (March 2, 1941), but lived the last 23 years in B

Verner Naomi McCullough Powell

September 03, 2014 | | Obituaries


Braves break out, top Phillies

ATLANTA - Christian Bethancourt paid close attention to the Braves' hitting woes, even when he was with Triple-A Gwinnett.

September 03, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Ryan facing new questions after dismal year in '13

FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.

September 03, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


NFL Weekend Picks: Packers-Seahawks a spicy way to start

Fail Mary.

September 03, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Badcock Home Furniture & More Presents: Prep Sports Spotlight

Facing a resurgent Josey offense eager to end a long losing streak, Portal cornerback D'von Moore and his teammates knew that the final big play of the game would likely be the difference.

September 03, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


SEC week a snoozer

This weekend's SEC lineup doesn't hold much national appeal, unless the nonconference scheduling backfires.

September 03, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Makarova beats Azarenka to reach US Open semis

NEW YORK - Ekaterina Makarova describes herself as a person who prefers "to stay in the shade."

September 03, 2014 | By RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


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