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New species of palm tree that flowers itself to death discovered in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar - A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, botanists said Thursday.

February 01, 2008 | By JONNY HOGG Associated Press Writer | World


Trying to soothe feelings in Europe, Gates praises NATO’s ’powerful role’ in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that sending Marines to Afghanistan will keep pressure on the Taliban and doesn't ''reflect dissatisfaction'' with NATO countries' performance.

February 01, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bridge 1/17

John Hope Franklin, a professor of history at Duke University, said, "We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths ... and tell the world the glories of our journey."

February 01, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Senior general sees increase in Iraqi security forces, but years before they can take over

WASHINGTON - A senior military commander told a House panel on Thursday that Iraq's security forces are on track to add another 80,000 personnel by the end of the year, but it's a long way from becoming self-sufficient.

February 01, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Washington


AP Interview: Chertoff: New rules will mean longer lines at first; critics must ‘‘grow up’’

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that new border crossing rules to take effect this month will mean longer lines for those entering the United States, but he said it was necessary to prevent another Sept. 11-style attack. Critics of the effort need to ''grow up,'' he told The Associated Press in an interview.

February 01, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT and EILEEN SULLIVAN<B> Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush and Bernanke back package to stimulate weakening economy

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday embraced calls for an economic stimulus package to avert recession. Bernanke said such a plan should be aimed at quickly getting cash into the hands of people, especially those with low and moderate incomes.

February 01, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Police Report - January 18

(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 01, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Bush says UN peacekeeping mission unfolding too slowly in Sudan

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission is moving too slowly in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have been killed in a conflict the president has labeled genocide.

February 01, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Coal producer Massey Energy agrees to $20 million fine for polluting waterways

WASHINGTON - The country's fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., will pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the government over allegations it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled waste water and coal slurry.

February 01, 2008 | By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer | Washington


Report: U.S. abortions decline to lowest level since 1974

NEW YORK - The number of abortions in the United States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest level since 1974 and down 25 percent from the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990, according to report issued Thursday.

February 01, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | National


Giuliani pins his hopes for GOP nomination on a victory in Florida

NEW YORK - Republican Rudy Giuliani challenged political convention in shrugging off early primaries while staking his presidential candidacy on delegate-rich, later-voting states, a strategy that could be a colossal failure or a masterful calculation.

February 01, 2008 | By SARA KUGLER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Clinton accusing Obama of $1 trillion tax increase for plan she also would consider

HENDERSON, Nev. - Hillary Rodham Clinton is accusing rival Barack Obama of proposing a $1 trillion tax increase with a plan to require high income earners to pay more Social Security taxes.

February 01, 2008 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Eagles cruise past Phoenix

ELON, N.C. - Georgia Southern senior Anthony Marshall led all scorers with a career-high 17 points to guide the Eagles to a 67-57 victory over Elon Thursday at Alumni Gym.

February 01, 2008 | GEORGIA SOUTHRN AMR | Georgia Southern


Investigators say they may have recovered weapon used to kill 20-year-old pregnant Marine

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities investigating the death of a 20-year-old pregnant Marine said Thursday they may have recovered the weapon used to kill her.

February 01, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Flour shortages deepens Pakistan’s turmoil and Musharraf’s unpopularity

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - When the delivery truck finally arrives, laborer Sher Nawaz joins about 400 Pakistanis scrambling to buy a sack of wheat flour.

February 01, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN and ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


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Emergency fund a must; here's how to build one

Most people face some sort of financial emergency during their lifetime. An emergency could range from home and car repairs, to a job loss or health scare.

July 13, 2014 | Special to the Herald | News 4U


Willingway, Georgia Southern conference will update addiction treatment methods

For Dr. Al Mooney, Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery at Willingway, one of the key factors that distinguishes this week's Addiction Update Conference is its "focus on the solutions rather than the problems."

June 22, 2014 | Special to the Herald | News 4U


Deen Day Smith Awards - Past Honorees

Man of the Decade

February 28, 2014 | | Life


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