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Israel steps up attacks on militants, dealing blow to Islamic Jihad with deaths

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel will keep striking the leaders of groups that launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged Tuesday after an hours-long aerial assault killed 12 militants including the commander of the extremist group Islamic Jihad.

January 02, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


More than a week after an ice storm, tens of thousands in Oklahoma still cold and in the dark

OKLAHOMA CITY - More than 88,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma remained without power on Tuesday, more than a week after an ice storm plunged them into darkness.

January 02, 2008 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press Writer | National


From the bus to the ring: ECI's Championship Game - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank

From the bus to the ring: ECI's Championship Game vs. Wilcox Co.

January 02, 2008 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Kurdish officials say Turkish troops that had entered Iraq have withdrawn

KIRKUK, Iraq - Turkey sent hundreds of troops about 1 1/2 miles into northern Iraq early Tuesday in an operation against Kurdish rebels but then withdrew them later in the day, Kurdish officials said.

January 02, 2008 | By YAHYA BARZANJI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Congress expanding FOIA to allow access to more government records

WASHINGTON - Congress is moving to reverse one area of the Bush administration's trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks by expanding the Freedom of Information Act, increasing penalties for noncompliance and making records held by government contractors subject to the law.

January 02, 2008 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


Astronauts take spacewalk to check defective mechanisms; fuel test under way at launch site

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A pair of space station astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Tuesday to inspect two defective mechanisms that are hobbling power generation at the orbiting complex.

January 02, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN Associated Press Writer | National


Bridge 12/18

Dorothy Parker said, "Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair."

January 02, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Fed unveils plan to curb shady home lending practices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve endorsed new rules Tuesday that would give people taking out home mortgages new protections against shady lending practices.

January 02, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


Deceased Georgia speaker to lie in honor at state Capitol

ATLANTA - Flags flew at half staff over the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday in honor of the cantankerous yet compassionate former speaker of the House whose reign under the gold dome lasted nearly three decades.

January 02, 2008 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Local


Muslims mark spiritual high point of hajj, though some politics sneaks in

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia - Millions of Muslims marked the zenith of the annual hajj Tuesday, praying for God's forgiveness on a rocky desert hill here where in Muslim tradition Adam and Eve were reunited after leaving Eden.

January 02, 2008 | By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice, in Iraq, cites ‘‘common interest’’ in stopping Kurdish rebels who attack Turkey

KIRKUK, Iraq - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday the United States, Iraq and Turkey have a ''common interest'' in stopping Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, and told Iraqi leaders they still have urgent work ahead to unite the country.

January 02, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Associated Press


Judge orders hearing on whether administration violated court order by destroying CIA videos

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Bush administration to defend its decision to destroy videotapes of CIA interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects.

January 02, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | National


Lawmakers find way to avoid Medicare cut for doctors

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have crafted a six-month reprieve for physicians facing a 10 percent rate cut when treating Medicare patients, congressional aides and advocacy groups said Tuesday.

January 02, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | National


UN General Assembly approves resolution calling for death penalty moratorium

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing executions, approving a resolution opposed by the U.S., China and Iran.

January 02, 2008 | By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Congress approves auto fuel economy increase, more ethanol use

WASHINGTON - Congress by a wide margin approved the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years Tuesday, and President Bush has signaled he will accept the mandates on the auto industry.

January 02, 2008 | By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer | National


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Living with Children with John Rosemond: A brief list of today's parenting problems

From the I'm Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who "think for themselves" are not being exactly truthful. It's a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let's face it, folks: You want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you're a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that ...

November 23, 2014 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Odom-Steinberg

Beth Odom of Metter announces the engagement of her daughter, Brandi Elizabeth Odom, to Matthew Jason Steinberg, son of Jeffrey and Judy Steinberg of Sandy Springs.

November 23, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Weddings


4 unexpected health risks of smartphone use

Smartphones - and the apps, photos and texts that come with them - are hard to resist. Americans log more than an hour of screen time on the devices each day, according to a December 2013 data analysis from Nielsen.

November 23, 2014 | By KELSEY DALLAS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Familiar woes doom Falcons, lose to Browns 26-24

ATLANTA - More time-management issues. A blown lead in the fourth quarter. Another loss outside the NFC South.

November 23, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports


Kathy Bradley: Owl-eyes spoke to me

I hit an owl.

November 23, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Jackets take 3rd at state cheer championships

Southeast Bulloch High School's competitive cheerleading team finished off a hugely successful season last weekend with a third-place finish in the Georgia Class AAA State Cheerleading Championships.

November 23, 2014 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Local


SEB, SHS earn JROTC honors at state meet

Southeast Bulloch and Statesboro High Schools' JROTC Raider Teams traveled recently to the State Raider Meet at Spaulding High School in Griffin, and each took home top honors.

November 23, 2014 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Local


Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 23, 2014 | By SHARON COHEN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press




Just win, baby

Ohio State finally took control of its game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State.

November 22, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Time to rethink division alignment

The Atlanta Falcons won't apologize for somehow being in first place with a losing record.

November 22, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bulldogs fatten up on cupcake, cruise past CSU

ATHENS, Ga. - Nick Chubb and Georgia took care of Charleston Southern early, looking to carry the momentum into next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech.

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


No. 9 Georgia rolls past Charleston Southern 55-9

ATHENS - Nick Chubb and Georgia took care of Charleston Southern early, looking to carry the momentum into next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech.

November 22, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press | Sports


Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

November 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


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