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Bush makes holiday phone calls to U.S. troops around the world

WASHINGTON - President Bush made Christmas Eve calls to 10 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other spots around the world, thanking them for their sacrifice and wishing them a happy holiday even though they'll be far away from their families and friends.

January 08, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | National


Leader of Iraq's Catholics urges emigrants to return in Christmas message

BAGHDAD - The spiritual leader of Iraq's Catholics made a Christmas appeal Monday for all those who have fled Iraq to return and help rebuild their shattered homeland, acknowledging that fear still persists even as the country enjoys one of its most peaceful holiday seasons in years.

January 08, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | World


Virginia Tech victims' families lobby for state changes in gun, mental health laws

RICHMOND, Va. - As he sat in a hospital, watching blood ooze from his son Colin's gunshot wounds, Andrew Goddard negotiated with a higher power: Let my son live, and I will do what I can to spare another parent this torture.

January 07, 2008 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press Writer | National


Beauty salons enlisted in fight against domestic violence

NEW YORK - At the Divas beauty salon, Spanish-language talk shows play on the TV, blow driers and scissors are at the ready and customers chat about everything from men to money to jobs.

January 07, 2008 | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR Associated Press Writer | National


Pakistan opposition leader Bhutto says ruling party failing to fight Islamic militants

LARKANA, Pakistan - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto accused the government Sunday of failing to crush Islamic militants, days after a suicide bombing killed 56 people during prayers in a mosque.

January 07, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Today in History - December 23

Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2007. There are eight days left in the year.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Deported former Milwaukee police officer arrives in Mexico

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - The U.S. deported a man to Mexico on Sunday who had taken a dead cousin's identity to pose as a citizen in order to become a Milwaukee police officer.

January 07, 2008 | By GUILLERMO ARIAS Associated Press Writer | National


Living out parable of giving, congregation receives joy in return

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - The Rev. Hamilton Coe Throckmorton shivered with anticipation as he gazed at the loot - wads of $50 bills piled high beside boxes of crayons in a Sunday school classroom.

January 07, 2008 | By HELEN O’NEILL AP Special Correspondent | National


Boro man selected to Agri-Leaders development program

Elliott Marsh of Statesboro has been selected as a participant in the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum's Leadership Development Program for 2008. Marsh, coordinator and instructor of agribusiness courses, is employed with Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro. Jimmy Hill, executive manager of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum Foundation, said, "Elliott was chosen to participate in the year-long leadership program because of his involvement in and commitment to Georgia agriculture."

January 07, 2008 | Special to the Herald | Business


AP Impact: Americans' debt woes expanding. Now it's unpaid credit card bills that are rising.

SAN FRANCISCO - Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending delinquencies and defaults surging by double-digit percentages in the last year and prompting warnings of worse to come.

January 07, 2008 | By RACHEL KONRAD Associated Press Writer | National


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, an icon of tradition, launches video site on YouTube

LONDON - Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth.

January 07, 2008 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | World


For some, the writers strike is the Grinch that stole Christmas

LOS ANGELES - Nearly two months without paychecks. Scores of shuttered shows. Thousands out of work. The Hollywood writers strike suggests a bleak Christmas for many in Tinsel Town.

January 07, 2008 | By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer | National


Police Report – December 24

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.

January 07, 2008 | Herald staff reports | Crime Report


Holiday shoppers crowd stores on last weekend before Christmas, as stores remain on edge

NEW YORK - The nation's shoppers - taking advantage of deep discounts and expanded hours - jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to grab a hard-to-find Wii or scoop up bargains on other items. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | Nation


Gaza's Christians keep low profile during Christmas after slaying of activist

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza's tiny Christian community is keeping a low profile this Christmas, traumatized by the killing of a prominent activist in the wake of Hamas' takeover of the coastal territory.

January 07, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | World


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Georgia nursing homes in arrears may lose Medicaid

Nursing homes and other medical providers that owe money to a Georgia health agency now face a repayment timetable that could lead to their being cut off from the government Medicaid program.

July 01, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Local


Birth control ruling sparks political clash

WASHINGTON - Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.

July 01, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS Associated Press | Nation


Conviction in NYC cop cannibalism case overturned

NEW YORK - A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.

July 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation




Mets implode in 8th, Braves win

ATLANTA - Three errors by New York fueled Atlanta's comeback as the Braves scored four runs in the eighth inning and beat the Mets 5-3 for their fifth straight win.

June 30, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Germany, France win; Cup says goodbye to Africa

RIO DE JANEIRO - Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.

June 30, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Trial highlights NCAA changes already underway

Sonny Vaccaro already feels like a winner, no matter how a federal judge rules in the antitrust lawsuit he helped bring against the NCAA.

June 30, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Mental disorder not factor in Pistorius shooting

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.

June 30, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press | Sports


My Take: Truly the dawn of a new Georgia Southern era

Did you notice anything different in the air when you woke up Tuesday morning? Was there a sense of newness, wonder and anticipation that wasn't present on Monday?

June 30, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Georgia Southern


Sun sets on SoCon for Georgia Southern

It's been long anticipated, but as of today, Georgia Southern is officially an all-sports member of the Sun Belt Conference.

June 30, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Georgia Southern


University System of Georgia changes gay couples' benefits

ATLANTA - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia, following a Monday vote by the system's governing board.

June 30, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.

June 30, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Local


Statesboro native puts on 'World's Largest Kids Fishing Rodeo'

Statesboro native and former superintendent of schools Dr. Billy Bice and his wife, Florence Ann, retired to St. Simons Island several years ago. Shortly after moving there, he purchased a 22-foot Pathfinder bay boat and began Billy Bee Charters. Billy caters to families, but the focus is on children.

June 30, 2014 | By DeWAYNE GRICE dgrice@statesboroherald.com | Local


A successful season for Statesboro's Averitt Center

Football and the arts apparently have a lot in common.

June 30, 2014 | By DeWAYNE GRICE dgrice@statesboroherald.com | Business


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - After 95 years, H.W. Smith Jewelers closing

The year was 1919, President Woodrow Wilson would sign the Versailles Treaty officially ending World War I. Prohibition was in full swing and the city of Statesboro had just completed paving the Main Streets through downtown.

June 30, 2014 | By DeWAYNE GRICE dgrice@statesboroherald.com | Business


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