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Worries about housing, credit and financial problems drove Fed to cut rates in December

WASHINGTON - Worsening problems in the housing, credit and financial markets drove the Federal Reserve to do an about-face in December and slice its key interest rate yet again with the hope it would help bolster an economy that was losing speed, according to meeting minutes made public Wednesday.

January 17, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


Priest, a friend of Pa. casino owner, accused of perjury, alleged to have lied about mob ties

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest was arrested on perjury charges Wednesday, accused of lying about his relationship with a mobster in testimony to a grand jury investigating a casino owner's possible ties to organized crime.

January 17, 2008 | By PETER JACKSON Associated Press Writer | National


Construction spending rebounded in November despite a further decline in housing

WASHINGTON - Construction spending edged up slightly in November as a continued steep slump in housing was offset by record spending on government and business projects. But a key gauge of manufacturing activity fell in December to the lowest point in almost five years.

January 17, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | National


Scotland Yard will help Pakistan investigate Bhutto’s assassination

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and authorities pushed back elections until Feb. 18 - a delay prompted by the rioting that followed her death.

January 17, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | World


New program aims to give Iraqis jobs — and keep them away from militias

HUDA, Iraq - Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there are few desks - and even fewer chairs - in the village school's dark, cold classrooms.

January 17, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | World


International pressure mounts for Kenya to end violence; at least 300 dead

NAIROBI, Kenya - International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders Wednesday to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church.

January 17, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


Smoking ban is a breath of fresh air in the cafes of France

PARIS - What's that nice smell? For drinkers and diners in France on Wednesday, the answer was fresh air.

January 17, 2008 | By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer | World


Car bomb explodes near police station in Algeria, killing 4 officers

ALGIERS, Algeria - A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing at least four officers and ripping off the building's facade, witnesses said. An Arab broadcaster reported that an al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

January 17, 2008 | By HASSANE MEFTAHI Associated Press Writer | World


Stranded Palestinian pilgrims return to Gaza, ending 5-day standoff

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.

January 17, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Bus bringing passengers from Mexico crashes on Texas highway, killing 1, injuring dozens

VICTORIA, Texas - A charter bus veered off a highway early Wednesday and flipped onto its side, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of other people, at least nine critically, authorities said.

January 17, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


US general expects record poppy crop in Afghanistan, promises to step up anti-drug effort

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. general in charge of NATO's Afghanistan mission said Wednesday he expects another year of ''explosive growth'' in the country's poppy fields, a harvest militants will turn into weapons for use against Afghan and NATO troops.

January 17, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


NJ may become first Northern state to apologize for slavery; bill pending in state Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey could become the first Northern state to apologize for slavery under a measure due for a legislative committee hearing this week.

January 17, 2008 | By TOM HESTER Jr. Associated Press Writer | National


US admissions of Iraqi refugees well short of promised 1,000 a month

WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press.

January 17, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 1/2

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am truly amazed at the number of times in which your column appears precisely when it is just exactly what I needed. Today was a classic example when it showed up in my newspaper.

January 17, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 1/2

DEAR ABBY: I am one of your faithful readers and have personally related to some of the problems that appear in your column. I have been particularly moved by letters in which people share their personal experiences regarding acts of kindness.

January 17, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


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As bombs fall over Iraq, old emotions rise in US

It was supposed to be over, America's war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again striking targets in the nation where the United States led an invasion in 2003, lost almost 4,500 troops in the fight to stabilize and liberate it and then left nearly three years ago.

August 09, 2014 | By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer | Local


Ban on aquifer banking expires

JEKYLL ISLAND - The underground aquifer that coastal Georgia relies on for its main source of drinking water was considered so pristine that state lawmakers 15 years ago declared it off-limits to well drillers looking for a place to stash extra water for use in periods of drought.

August 09, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Statesboro Scouts make NM trek

Statesboro-based Boy Scouts of America Troop 342, and other Scouts and their leaders from the Coastal Georgia Council, recently went on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico.

August 09, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


On fruit production, the Jesus way

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing … But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father." (John 15:5-8)

August 09, 2014 | Marcus Toole | Columnists/Editorials


How does county spend our $?

(Note: The following is the second of two columns from Bulloch County resident Ruth Green outlining her concerns with some county government issues. The first column ran in Wednesday's Statesboro Herald.)

August 09, 2014 | Dr. Ruth Green | Columnists/Editorials


Upshaw leads rushers at Georgia Southern scrimmage

It's fair to say that after Georgia Southern's first fall scrimmage, there's competition for the quarterback spot.

August 09, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Georgia Southern


Braves' home runs down Strasburg, Nats

ATLANTA - Stephen Strasburg can't explain why he has struggled on the road this season.

August 09, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Braves


Bulloch County Sheriff's Office searches for man who threatened family

A 38-year-old man left with his wife and two children after threatening to kill the children and himself, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

August 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local




Ryan comes out sharp, Falcons win

ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.

August 08, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Georgia Southern all set for first fall scrimmage

During Jeff Monken's four years as Georgia Southern's head coach, the Eagles didn't shy away from contact in practice.

August 08, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Georgia Southern


Healthy lunches may be winning over students

A new study from Bridging the Gap reports holes in previously released research claiming major losses in a new healthy lunch program.

August 08, 2014 | Deseret News | Life


Miles-Stewart

Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Dale Miles of Hazlehurst, Georgia, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor ReAnn Miles of Hazlehurst, to William Bradford Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore Stewart Jr. of Statesboro.

August 08, 2014 | | Weddings


Specialized air company flew Ebola victims to US

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Two weeks ago, Dent M. Thompson, vice president of Phoenix Air, received an interesting phone call while he was on vacation in the mountains of North Carolina.

August 08, 2014 | By ERNIE SUGGS The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Local


First United Methodist Church paves the way for future development

The final wall of a motel demolition project came down recently on a South Main Street property next to, and owned by, Statesboro First United Methodist Church, paving the way for future development by the church and simultaneously contributing to the ongoing South Main improvement project.

August 08, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


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