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Worries about housing, credit and financial problems drove Fed to cut rates in December

WASHINGTON - Worsening problems in the housing, credit and financial markets drove the Federal Reserve to do an about-face in December and slice its key interest rate yet again with the hope it would help bolster an economy that was losing speed, according to meeting minutes made public Wednesday.

January 17, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


Priest, a friend of Pa. casino owner, accused of perjury, alleged to have lied about mob ties

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest was arrested on perjury charges Wednesday, accused of lying about his relationship with a mobster in testimony to a grand jury investigating a casino owner's possible ties to organized crime.

January 17, 2008 | By PETER JACKSON Associated Press Writer | National


Construction spending rebounded in November despite a further decline in housing

WASHINGTON - Construction spending edged up slightly in November as a continued steep slump in housing was offset by record spending on government and business projects. But a key gauge of manufacturing activity fell in December to the lowest point in almost five years.

January 17, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | National


Scotland Yard will help Pakistan investigate Bhutto’s assassination

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and authorities pushed back elections until Feb. 18 - a delay prompted by the rioting that followed her death.

January 17, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | World


New program aims to give Iraqis jobs — and keep them away from militias

HUDA, Iraq - Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there are few desks - and even fewer chairs - in the village school's dark, cold classrooms.

January 17, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | World


International pressure mounts for Kenya to end violence; at least 300 dead

NAIROBI, Kenya - International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders Wednesday to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church.

January 17, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


Smoking ban is a breath of fresh air in the cafes of France

PARIS - What's that nice smell? For drinkers and diners in France on Wednesday, the answer was fresh air.

January 17, 2008 | By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer | World


Car bomb explodes near police station in Algeria, killing 4 officers

ALGIERS, Algeria - A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing at least four officers and ripping off the building's facade, witnesses said. An Arab broadcaster reported that an al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

January 17, 2008 | By HASSANE MEFTAHI Associated Press Writer | World


Stranded Palestinian pilgrims return to Gaza, ending 5-day standoff

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.

January 17, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Bus bringing passengers from Mexico crashes on Texas highway, killing 1, injuring dozens

VICTORIA, Texas - A charter bus veered off a highway early Wednesday and flipped onto its side, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of other people, at least nine critically, authorities said.

January 17, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


US general expects record poppy crop in Afghanistan, promises to step up anti-drug effort

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. general in charge of NATO's Afghanistan mission said Wednesday he expects another year of ''explosive growth'' in the country's poppy fields, a harvest militants will turn into weapons for use against Afghan and NATO troops.

January 17, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


NJ may become first Northern state to apologize for slavery; bill pending in state Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey could become the first Northern state to apologize for slavery under a measure due for a legislative committee hearing this week.

January 17, 2008 | By TOM HESTER Jr. Associated Press Writer | National


US admissions of Iraqi refugees well short of promised 1,000 a month

WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press.

January 17, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 1/2

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am truly amazed at the number of times in which your column appears precisely when it is just exactly what I needed. Today was a classic example when it showed up in my newspaper.

January 17, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 1/2

DEAR ABBY: I am one of your faithful readers and have personally related to some of the problems that appear in your column. I have been particularly moved by letters in which people share their personal experiences regarding acts of kindness.

January 17, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


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Nunn, Perdue battle over backgrounds

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.

August 30, 2014 | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Traffic stop leads to arrests

A traffic stop led to the arrest of two men, one of whom is wanted in a Long County kidnapping, according to a release from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

August 30, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


NC State edges Georgia Southern, 24-23

RALEIGH, N.C. - Jacoby Brissett threw for 291 yards and three second-half touchdowns to help North Carolina State edge Georgia Southern 24-23 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams, and the debut in FBS for the Eagles.

August 30, 2014 | From wire reports | Sports


Local Roundup: GSU volleyball loses 2 on opening day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Georgia Southern volleyball team lost two matches against two of the top teams in the country on the opening day of the 2014 season in the Active Ankle Challenge at the University of Florida Friday.

August 30, 2014 | From staff reports | Sports


Ga. Prep Football Scores: 8/29/14

Adairsville 52, Woodland Cartersville 28

August 30, 2014 | The Associated Press | Prep Sports 360




Upton, Heyward spark Braves past Marlins

ATLANTA - Justin Upton is having quite a month.

August 29, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Braves


Harvick wins Atlanta pole; Stewart is 12th

HAMPTON, Ga. - Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner's return to the track.

August 29, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Gurley ready for big season — if he stays healthy

ATHENS, Ga. - For Todd Gurley, the key to avoiding another injury-marred season is simple.

August 29, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | UGA


Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston

NORTON, Mass. - Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he'll take his lowest round of the season.

August 29, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

August 29, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

ATLANTA - Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate.

August 29, 2014 | By BILL BARROW and CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Local


Thomas takes over at QB for Tech

ATLANTA - Justin Thomas is ready to take plenty of hits as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback.

August 29, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Georgia Tech




Bulloch brings it on road at DEA

STILLMORE - Bulloch Academy raced out to a 26-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Gators trounced David Emanuel Academy 58-18 here Thursday night.

August 28, 2014 | By RAHN HUTCHESON Special to the Herald | Prep Sports 360


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