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AP INTERVIEW: Envoy says U.S. troops needed in Iraq at least into 2009

WASHINGTON - American combat troops will be needed in Iraq at least into 2009 to battle a resilient al-Qaida and still vibrant insurgency, the top U.S. diplomat to Iraq told The Associated Press on Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE and ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writers | Washington


Employers cut payrolls for first time since summer 2003; jobless rate dips

WASHINGTON - Nervous employers cut 17,000 jobs in January - the first such reduction in more than four years and a fresh sign that the economy is in danger of stalling.

February 16, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


In setback for Bush administration, court won’t reconsider Guantanamo ruling

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

February 16, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Activist’s proposal asks San Franciscans to transform Alcatraz into a global peace center

SAN FRANCISCO - It would literally take an act of Congress before a city ballot proposal to turn Alcatraz into a global peace center could become reality.

February 16, 2008 | By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer | National


Teacher charged with making terroristic threats against her Pa. elementary school

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A teacher who was upset because she didn't get her preferred classroom assignment left more than a dozen scribbled threats at her elementary school and a suspicious device in a student's desk, authorities said.

February 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


O.J. Simpson seeks dismissal of 6 of 12 charges in his Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery case

LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson filed court papers seeking dismissal of half the charges against him, saying prosecutors in Nevada failed to meet legal standards to prosecute him for kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy, his lawyer said Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Delegates at Hawaii climate conference praise new US flexibility in curbing emissions

HONOLULU - A meeting of delegates from the nations that emit the most pollutants ended without concrete targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, but participants praised what they saw as a new willingness by the United States to discuss possible solutions.

February 16, 2008 | By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press Writer | National


Convicted sex offender rapes boy at Massachusetts library, authorities say

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A convicted child rapist who was released by a judge even though prosecutors said he was likely to strike again has been charged with raping a 6-year-old boy at a library.

February 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Judge grills Texas DA facing contempt charge for deleting e-mails sought in lawsuit

HOUSTON - An embattled prosecutor facing a contempt charge for deleting e-mails was grilled Friday by a federal judge who said he should have known better than to erase material he had been ordered to turn over.

February 16, 2008 | By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON Associated Press Writer | National


New Mexico groups lobby for ‘No Child Left Inside’ tax on televisions, video games

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dave Gilligan remembers being pushed outside to play baseball and other sports, but feeling it just wasn't for him.

February 16, 2008 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press Writer | National


Microsoft makes unexpected $44.6B bid for Yahoo; Internet icon is studying it

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.

February 16, 2008 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer | National


Lawyer: Woman charged with wearing fake bomb at Boston airport had free speech right to do so

BOSTON - A computer science student who unwittingly created an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board attached to her shirt had a First Amendment right to express herself in that manner, her lawyer argued Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press Writer | National


Wealthy Chinese spend holiday shopping, while snow strands factory workers

GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.

February 16, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bridge 2/2

The deal for the Christmas competition came from a book by Jose Le Dentu, an excellent French writer and player who died in 1997.

February 16, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Aruban officials reopening Holloway case after seeing secret tapes from Dutch journalist

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.

February 16, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Bulloch Academy host Gator Relays

Student-athletes from 16 independent schools will converge at the Georgia Southern University track and field complex this morning for the 16th annual Gator Relays.

March 27, 2015 | By RAHN HUTCHESON Special to the Herald | Prep Sports 360


Long a contender, Braves turn to rebuilding after 2014 flop

The Atlanta Braves usually start the season touted as playoff contenders.

March 27, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight

Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 win over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the Houston Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

March 27, 2015 | By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

March 27, 2015 | By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGH Associated Press | Associated Press


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press




Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70

By WILL GRAVES

March 26, 2015 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | Sports


Johnson has 3 hits to help Braves beat Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. - Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run that ended Wandy Rodriguez's scoreless streak at 12 innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 Thursday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Braves


Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


Statesboro PD investigating infant death

Statesboro Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an infant inside a home on South College Street in Statesboro.

March 26, 2015 | From Staff Reports | Local




Hawks rally in 4th

ORLANDO, Fla. - Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

March 25, 2015 | By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Comedic ballet coming to Emma Kelly

The ballet "Coppélia" tells the charming story of an eccentric toymaker, his life-like creation, and a young couple in love. Full of delightful characters and beautiful choreography, the ballet is a light-hearted comedy that will charm audiences both young and old.

March 25, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local




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