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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


Mother of Omaha mall shooter apologizes for her son’s actions and says ’I did my best’

OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.

December 28, 2007 | By JOSH FUNK Associated Press Writer | National


With death penalty in legal limbo, the consequences of abolition come into focus

NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.

December 28, 2007 | By DAVID CRARY Associated Press Writer | National


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to pay $20M in corruption probe; no prosecution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.

December 28, 2007 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer | National


12-7 vote sends contempt citations against Rove, Bolten to full Senate

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


1 suspect arrested in Denver in Las Vegas school bus stop shooting that injured 6 people

LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old man was arrested in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six young people, police said, and authorities were searching Thursday for a second suspect.

December 28, 2007 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Winter storm hits Northeast after leaving the Plains and Midwest in the dark

COLUMBIA, Conn. - A deadly winter storm brought snow and sleet to the Northeast on Thursday, while crews in the Plains and Midwest worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark in its ice-coated wake.

December 28, 2007 | By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Writer | National


Merck makes third try for over-the-counter cholesterol drug

WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | National


Bridge 12/13

Most deals feature standard card-play techniques: count winners, count losers, establish tricks, gain trump tricks by ruffing, and so on. But the deals that sort the women out from the girls are those requiring more specialized handling. Englishman David Bird has put a good selection of these into "Off-Road Declarer Play" (Master Point Press).

December 28, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


House OKs bill banning CIA waterboarding, harsh interrogations; White House threatens veto

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.

December 28, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | National


Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo or take gentler versions, studies suggest

SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of breast cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests.

December 28, 2007 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Medical Writer | National


App goes for third straight while UD hopes for upset

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - At Appalachian State, it's called ''The Game For The Ages.'' Fans wanting a way to commemorate the Mountaineers' shocking upset of Michigan can get limited edition artwork, travel mugs, posters and T-shirts.

December 28, 2007 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Argentine president responds angrily to US charges that Venezuelan cash meant for her campaign

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's new president reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. charges that a suitcase full of Venezuelan cash seized by customs was intended to finance her campaign, calling it an example of ''garbage in international politics.''

December 28, 2007 | By BILL CORMIER Associated Press Writer | World


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Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor close

SAVANNAH - Within two weeks, officials expect to sign a cost-sharing deal with the federal government that's needed to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, the Georgia Ports Authority's top executive said Monday, meaning construction could begin within a few months on the $706 million project state officials have pursued for 15 years.

September 29, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Defense, prosecutors preview Atlanta school cheating cases

ATLANTA - Prosecutors said Monday that 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Defense attorneys countered in their opening statements that their clients were committed educators but made enemies of former colleagues who are now lying about their involvement in cheating.

September 29, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

WASHINGTON - Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

September 29, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


Halloween party to benefit literacy foundation

A Halloween party scheduled for Oct. 24 will benefit efforts to boost childhood literacy.

September 29, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


Herald writer wins coveted spot at Guideposts workshop

Statesboro Herald writer and columnist Julie Lavender was recently named one of 12 winners of the Guideposts 2014 Writers Workshop Contest. Lavender submitted four stories for consideration and was chosen to fill one of the coveted spots for the workshop, held every other year.

September 29, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


September 30 - Donald Lynn “Donnie” Harley Sr., 60, of Sylvania, died September 28, 2014.

Donald Lynn "Donnie" Harley Sr.

September 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


2nd person dies after Highway 119 wreck

A second person has died from injuries sustained in a Friday evening crash on Georgia Highway 119, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Hunter Oglesby.

September 29, 2014 | From staff reports | Local




'Gone With the Wind,' 75 years later

The Associated Press

September 28, 2014 | The Associated Press | Life


Miles-Stewart

Plans have been finalized for the wedding of Taylor ReAnn Miles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Dale Miles of Hazlehurst, and William Bradford Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore Stewart Jr. of Statesboro.

September 28, 2014 | | Weddings


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Helicopter parenting helps no one

A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parenting to Apache Blackhawk parenting."

September 28, 2014 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Georgia Southern's McKinnon helps Vikings beat Falcons

MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater got hurt before he could finish a fine first NFL start.

September 28, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Associated Press | Sports


Rich-Zeigler

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Rich of Statesboro are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Rich, to Jacob Todd Zeigler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Zeigler of Statesboro.

September 28, 2014 | | Weddings


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Georgia agriculture leads nation in produce

(Note: The following is the first of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

September 28, 2014 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Columnists/Editorials


Flu shots: What you should know

WASHINGTON - It's time for flu vaccines again. While the shot is important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

September 28, 2014 | The Associated Press | Life


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