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Officials: Social worker reported problems in April at D.C. home where 4 girls were found dead

WASHINGTON - A woman found in her home with the decomposing bodies of her four daughters was suspected by a social worker of holding one of the girls hostage as early as April, city officials said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By KAREN MAHABIR Associated Press Writer | National


Fire destroys Portal family's home

A Portal family lost their home Thursday to a house fire possibly caused by a faulty surge protector. Portal Fire Chief Christopher Ivey said the fire originated in a child's bedroom and the surge protector is likely the cause. However, the investigation is ongoing, he said.

January 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Search resumes off Ala. coast for 4 kids believed thrown from 80-foot-tall bridge by father

MOBILE, Ala. - High winds hampered search crews early Friday as they resumed looking off the Alabama coast for the bodies of four children believed to have been thrown from a bridge by their father.

January 26, 2008 | By GARRY MITCHELL Associated Press Writer | National


NASA aims for February shuttle launch, begins installing new connector in Atlantis fuel tank

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA began installing a new connector in Atlantis' fuel tank Friday in hopes of launching the space shuttle in early February, two months late.

January 26, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | National


Back to the future: NYC clones historical trees as part of plan to add a million trees to city

NEW YORK - Squat, homely, dwarfed by stately oaks and poplars, and unnoticed by the tourists passing in horse-drawn carriages, it's a tree that only birds and nut-hungry squirrels could love.

January 26, 2008 | By RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer | National


Senior Giuliani campaign staffers forgo paychecks, a sign of possible money troubles

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate and last year's national front-runner.

January 26, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Police Report - January 12

(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 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


N.C. sheriff: Pregnant Marine is dead, comrade she accused of sex assault is suspect

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities searched a neighborhood Friday for a shallow grave holding the body of a pregnant Marine, and said the main suspect in her death was a comrade she had accused of rape.

January 26, 2008 | By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer | National


French judge rejects bid by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ex-wife to block book publication

PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife lost a legal battle Friday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called her former husband ''cheap'' and a ''womanizer.''

January 26, 2008 | By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD Associated Press Writer | World


Federal budget was in surplus in December but deficit now higher so far this year

WASHINGTON - The federal budget recorded a record surplus for December, but for the first three months of the budget year, the deficit is running significantly higher than the previous year.

January 26, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Bank of America to buy Countrywide for $4.1 billion in stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bank of America said Friday it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, a deal that rescues the country's biggest mortgage lender and expands the financial services empire of the nation's largest consumer bank.

January 26, 2008 | By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS AP Business Writer | National


YMCA aims to become America’s No. 1 fitness and anti-obesity crusader

NEW YORK - Founded in the mid-19th century, the Young Men's Christian Association has expanded far beyond its name in the United States. It welcomes all faiths, half the 20.2 million people it serves are female, and more than half are adults.

January 26, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | National


Analysis: After Iowa, New Hampshire, every Republican for himself at GOP debate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It was every Republican for himself.

January 26, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Astrograph 1/11

Fortunate circumstances are being ushered in that can make many of your personal goals a reality in the year ahead. Some major changes in your lifestyle will be in the offing as a result, but even if you can't see this right now, start planning for it anyway.

January 26, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Abu Ghraib officer says investigation of abuse at Iraqi prison didn’t go far enough

BALTIMORE - The revelation that the Army threw out the conviction of the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib scandal renewed outrage from human rights advocates who complained that not enough military and civilian leaders were held accountable for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

January 26, 2008 | By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer | National


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Falcons host Titans

FLOWERY BRANCH - A visit from the Tennessee Titans on Monday didn't change the tone of the Atlanta Falcons' fight-filled training camp.

August 04, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


US government had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.

August 04, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Local


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press | Nation


Traffic light slated for Burkhalter and US 80

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. The estimated cost of a project to install traffic lights at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 East and Burkhalter Road is just under $1 million. An incorrect amount was listed in a news brief on page 5 Tuesday. The Statesboro Herald regrets the error.

August 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


East Georgia introduces Internet-based patient portal

No more worrying if you remembered everything the doctor said.

August 04, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Business


Defending champs open up shop

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he read books written by former NBA coach Phil Jackson in an attempt to discover the secrets of winning multiple championships.

August 04, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Tiger unsure of status for final major of 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Joe LaCava walked nearly never blade of grass on the 18th green at Valhalla Golf Club, jotting notes in his yardage book after stepping off the distances from every edge of the green to every possible pin position. It was just like any other Monday at a major.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Just 5 minutes of running a day could add years to your life, study says

Good news for those that find it almost impossible to fit in exercise: a new study found that running just five minutes a day decreased their mortality rate by a whopping 30 percent.

August 04, 2014 | By TRACIE KNABE SNOWDER Deseret News National | Hot topics


Survivors dug out from China quake that killed 398

KUNMING, China - Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

August 04, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | World


Cease-fire slows Gaza war as Israeli bus attacked

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.

August 04, 2014 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV Associated Press | World


Son: Mother's Ebola should spark push for cure

ATLANTA - Missionary Nancy Writebol, one of two known Americans stricken with Ebola, wasn't looking to abandon her overseas work. But Jeremy Writebol believes his 59-year-old mother can yield a greater good from her impending return to the United States amid West Africa's worst-ever outbreak of the often-deadly virus.

August 04, 2014 | By BILL BARROW and ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press | Local


Carter-Oldham

We are pleased to announce the engagement of Kimberly Hope Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Kimberly Deal of Statesboro and the late Mr. Duane Eric Carter of Augusta, to Brooks Aaron Oldham, son of Mr. Steve Oldham of Fayetteville and the late Mrs. Judy Todd Oldham.

August 03, 2014 | | Weddings


Tips for autumn gardeners

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables - and personal satisfaction - from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

August 03, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Life


Consumer Q's: Butterfly sanctuaries

Q: I am concerned about monarch butterflies. I hear their numbers are decreasing. Is there anything I can plant to help them?

August 03, 2014 | | Life


US missionary with Ebola leaving Liberia Tuesday

ATLANTA - A second American missionary stricken with Ebola is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit.

August 03, 2014 | By BILL BARROW and KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | Local


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