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Prep Sports Blitz: Area teams soccer, baseball & more - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank

Prep Sports Blitz for Thursday, March 20 - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank.

April 04, 2008 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports Blitz


Prosecutors say lawyer agrees to plead guilty to racketeering charge in kickback scheme

LOS ANGELES - Prominent attorney Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback scheme involving payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits targeting some of the largest corporations in the nation, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

April 04, 2008 | By DANNY POLLOCK Associated Press Writer | National


House panel investigating electrocutions in Iraq, including Pa. soldier killed while showering

PITTSBURGH - A U.S. House committee chairman has begun an investigation into the electrocutions of at least 12 service members in Iraq, including that of a Pittsburgh soldier killed in January by a jolt of electricity while showering.

April 04, 2008 | By RAMESH SANTANAM Associated Press Writer | National


Sex and politics: At the NY state Capitol, sometimes it seems like spring break on the Hudson

ALBANY, N.Y. - Of all the wisecracks heard in the marble halls of New York's Capitol after Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall in a call-girl scandal, one jest enlightened as much as it stung: Spitzer's got to be the only guy in Albany who PAYS for sex.

April 04, 2008 | By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press Writer | National


Group gets permission to question National Archives over Clinton’s phone logs

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday forced the National Archives to undergo questioning by a conservative group seeking the release of Hillary Rodham Clinton's telephone logs during her years as first lady.

April 04, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Obama campaign says splitting Michigan delegates with Clinton would be fair

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's campaign said Thursday that evenly splitting Michigan's delegates with rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be a fair way of resolving the dispute over how to handle the state at the Democratic National Convention.

April 04, 2008 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Democratic primary contest swells party’s ranks in Pennsylvania

WAYNE, Pa. - Pennsylvanians are rushing in record numbers to sign up as Democrats so they can vote in the April 22 presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

April 04, 2008 | By PETER JACKSON Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


McCain visits London, hails bravery of UK troops in Iraq

LONDON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Thursday hailed the bravery of British and U.S. soldiers yet refrained from calling publicly for Britain to slow the pace of its troop withdrawal from southern Iraq.

April 04, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


D.C. court bars Libby from practicing law after perjury conviction in CIA leak case

WASHINGTON - Former top White House aide I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby was banned Thursday from practicing law in the nation's capital following his perjury conviction in the case of a CIA operative's leaked identity.

April 04, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Rates on 30-year mortgages drop below 6 percent for first time in five weeks

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages dropped below 6 percent this week for the first time in more than a month, reflecting aggressive efforts by the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates to protect the economy from a serious recession.

April 04, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Divisions in Fed make Bernanke’s juggling act harder

WASHINGTON - Ben Bernanke's juggling act has gotten harder.

April 04, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Forecasters say spring rains and snow-melt threaten widespread flooding

WASHINGTON - Government forecasters said Thursday that the floods washing over large parts of the Midwest are just a taste of things to come, with one meteorologist complaining about a jet stream ''on steroids.''

April 04, 2008 | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID AP Science Writer | National


White House says Olympics are about athletes; Rice appeals to foreign minister

WASHINGTON - The White House said Thursday that China's crackdown in Tibet is not cause for President Bush to cancel his attendance at the Beijing Olympics.

April 04, 2008 | By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer | Washington


Jobless claims rise by larger-than-expected amount

WASHINGTON - The number of newly laid off workers filing for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in nearly two months, providing more evidence that the weak economy is drying up jobs.

April 04, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Dalai Lama willing to meet China’s president, says he’s not seeking independence

DHARMSALA, India - The Dalai Lama offered Thursday to meet with Chinese leaders including President Hu Jintao, but said he would not travel to Beijing unless there was a ''real concrete development'' in relations between the government and Tibet.

April 04, 2008 | By GAVIN RABINOWITZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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