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Rates on 30-year mortgages fall to lowest point in a month

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages edged down this week to their lowest point in a month, a spot of welcome news to would-be home buyers.

May 30, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Hezbollah shows might in Lebanon, but faces limits

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah has proven it can force Lebanon's U.S.-backed government to cave in on key issues. But the Shiite militant group's power is not absolute - the government is still in place and Hezbollah has lost support among the people by turning its guns on them.

May 30, 2008 | By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bridge 5/16

When, during the auction, you have a close decision, go through the pluses and minuses of each call. Then if you are still unsure, hope that you guess well.

May 30, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Astrograph 5/16

There's a strong possibility you will end up having jurisdiction in some manner over the affairs of others. Handle it as best you can, because it'll prove to be significant to your future.

May 30, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 5/16

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have not seen anything in your column about fatigue.

May 30, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


California’s top court overturns gay marriage ban

SAN FRANCISCO - In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot.

May 30, 2008 | By LISA LEFF Associated Press Writer | National


Firefighters get upper hand on Florida wildfire

PALM BAY, Fla. - A man accused of lobbing a Molotov cocktail into woods that are among the thousands of acres that have burned along Florida's Atlantic coast conceded Thursday that he may have accidentally sparked a fire.

May 30, 2008 | By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press Writer | National


Some wine grape growers turning to dry farming methods

KENWOOD, Calif. - Vineyard manager Steve Thomas grasps the trunk of a zinfandel vine, a redwood of the vineyard, gnarled with age and planted in the days when irrigation meant a barrel of water on a horse-drawn cart.

May 30, 2008 | By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer | National


UN official says foreign agents are killing Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan - Foreign intelligence agents are leading secret, deadly raids on suspected insurgents in Afghanistan and shirking responsibility when innocent civilians are killed, a U.N. official alleged Thursday.

May 30, 2008 | By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Local heroes step in to help cyclone victims

YANGON, Myanmar - From shopkeepers handing out free rice porridge to medical students caring for the sick, ordinary people in Myanmar are stepping in to help cyclone victims as the military regime severely restricts international aid.

May 30, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Studio Statesboro Vodcast

Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Thursday May 15, 2008

May 30, 2008 | MATTHEW BANKHEAD/Producer mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


Shingles shots urged for those 60 and up, US says

ATLANTA - People 60 and older should get a one-time shingles shot that can help prevent the painful rash, U.S. health officials are recommending.

May 30, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Bernanke: Banks must get better at foreseeing risk

WASHINGTON - Commercial banks and other financial institutions need to beef up their ability to detect and protect themselves against risks like the credit and mortgage debacles, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

May 30, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Iraqi forces hunt door-to-door for Mosul militants

BAGHDAD - Government troops began house-to-house searches for al-Qaida in Iraq militants in Mosul on Thursday, part of a major security operation to cleanse Iraq's third largest city from cells of the terror network.

May 30, 2008 | By HAMID AHMED Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Dalai Lama criticizes Chinese suppression, stresses Tibet’s need for autonomy

FRANKFURT, Germany - The Dalai Lama criticized China's suppression of unrest in Tibet and insisted Thursday that the region - with its diverse heritage and rich traditions - wants to live in peace with Beijing under genuine autonomy.

May 30, 2008 | By GEORGE FREY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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