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Keep on the best of terms with everyone in your group, club, church or golf league, because there are indications that you could be rather fortunate through one of these relationships in the year ahead. It could mean big bucks.

July 17, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


National Guard troops set to relieve fire crews

FRESNO, Calif. - Weary crews battling wildfires across northern and central California are going to get help from the National Guard, the first time the state's troops have been called to ground-based firefighting duty since 1977.

July 17, 2008 | By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press Writer | National


Wal-Mart branches out into locally grown produce

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart stores in Arizona now stock Grand Canyon sweet onions while aisles in New York display state-grown eggplant, as the world's largest retailer says it has become the nation's largest buyer of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

July 17, 2008 | By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press Writer | National


Starbucks to close 600 US stores, rein in growth

SEATTLE - For a decade it appeared there was no such thing as too many Starbucks for U.S. coffee drinkers, whose willingness to buy its $4 lattes and dark drip brews rationalized a second green-and-white mermaid awning just down the street - and sometimes even a third.

July 17, 2008 | By JESSICA MINTZ AP Business Writer | National


Fugitive hedge-fund swindler surrenders in Mass.

NEW YORK - A fugitive hedge-fund swindler who faked suicide on a Hudson River bridge and went on the run to avoid a prison sentence surrendered Wednesday in Massachusetts, the U.S. attorney's office said.

July 17, 2008 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer | National


Russian parliament warns Lithuania against hosting U.S. missile defense sites

MOSCOW - Russian lawmakers warned Lithuania against agreeing to place U.S. missile defense sites in the Baltic country, saying Wednesday that such a move could trigger a Russian military buildup in the region.

July 17, 2008 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Palestinian goes on rampage in Jerusalem; 3 killed

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian man plowed an enormous construction vehicle into cars, buses and pedestrians on a busy street Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding at least 45 before he was shot dead by security officers.

July 17, 2008 | By STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pentagon’s top investigator to resign

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's inspector general is resigning after just over a year in the job and at a time when defense spending has skyrocketed but personnel shortfalls in the oversight office have strained its ability to probe allegations of waste, fraud and abuse.

July 17, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Hezbollah head confirms prisoner swap with Israel

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah's leader on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that his group will hand over two captured Israeli soldiers and information on a missing Israeli airman in exchange for five Lebanese prisoners in Israel.

July 17, 2008 | By HUSSEIN DAKROUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi forces arrest 3 Sadrists in crackdown

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested three locally prominent supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday as part of a crackdown on Shiite militias in the southern city of Amarah, police said.

July 17, 2008 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Algae bloom is China’s latest Olympic nightmare

QINGDAO, China - China's latest Olympics nightmare is a vast algae bloom that covers one-third of the sea where the world's best sailors are supposed to be competing in just over a month. Athletes call it the blob, the carpet, the fairway.

July 17, 2008 | By CARA ANNA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Studio Statesboro Vodcast

Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Wednesday, July 02, 2008

July 17, 2008 | mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


Police Report - July 3

(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.)

July 17, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


SKorean auto workers strike over US beef imports

SEOUL, South Korea - Tens of thousands of South Korean auto workers went on strike Wednesday to oppose U.S. beef imports and the pro-business policies of President Lee Myung-bak, joining anti-government protests that have raged for weeks.

July 17, 2008 | By JAE-SOON CHANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Calif’s hands-free cell law for drivers in effect

LOS ANGELES - Millions of California motorists have had to put down their cell phones or risk a ticket as a new law takes effect requiring hands-free devices for those behind the wheel.

July 17, 2008 | By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press Writer | National


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