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San Francisco Zoo will reopen amid criminal investigations, lawsuits after tiger escape

SAN FRANCISCO - Still reeling from the deadly Christmas Day tiger escape, officials said the San Francisco Zoo would reopen Jan. 3, despite a continuing criminal investigation and the shadow of possible fines and lawsuits.

January 13, 2008 | By TERENCE CHEA Associated Press Writer | National


Captain of Scottish soccer team dies after collapsing during game

MOTHERWELL, Scotland - The captain of a Scottish Premier League soccer team died Saturday, collapsing during a game just as he was about to leave the field for a substitute.

January 13, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


4 killed, 2 hurt in Ga. when driver who’d been ’mud-bogging’ slams SUV into trees

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) - A sport utility vehicle speeding down a muddy road slammed into trees and exploded, killing four people, including two children, and injuring two others, authorities said.

January 13, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Controller blamed for close calls at L.A. airport; FAA reports 2 more near O’Hare this week

LOS ANGELES - Two airliners came within 8,000 feet of each other on a Los Angeles International Airport runway after an air traffic controller miscommunicated with the pilots, authorities said.

January 13, 2008 | | National


Nearly 700 Christians move to relief camps to avoid attacks by Hindu hard-liners in India

BHUBANESHWAR, India - Hundreds of Christians, fearing more clashes with Hindu nationalists, fled to government-run relief camps where authorities on Saturday were providing them with food, medicine and security.

January 13, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Celebrating 60 years

January 13, 2008 | | Anniversaries


Henry Clay, Horticulturist

Attractive holly foliage and colorful berries lend themselves well to spicing-up wreaths, garlands, and other Christmas season arrangements. This isn't anything new for this wonderful plant has been associated with yuletide decorations for hundreds of years.

January 13, 2008 | By HENRY CLAY | Lifestyles Columnists


Kenya opposition leader looks likely to unseat incumbent president, media tallies show

NAIROBI, Kenya - The opposition leader who has cast himself as an agent of change and champion of the poor looked likely to unseat incumbent President Mwai Kibaki in Kenyan elections, according to unofficial media tallies of the vote on Friday.

January 12, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press Writer | World


Astrograph 12/28

Both lighthearted interests and serious ones will be making some happy changes in your life in the year ahead, but perhaps the most significant alterations will be made in your social life. Several new acquaintances will become lifelong friends.

January 12, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Today in History - December 28

Today is Friday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2007. There are three days left in the year.

January 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Newly elected leader of African National Congress ordered to face corruption trial

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Jacob Zuma, who won a bitterly contested election for leadership of the ruling African National Congress, was ordered to stand trial on corruption and other charges related to a French weapons contract, his lawyer said Friday.

January 12, 2008 | By CELEAN JACOBSON Associated Press Writer | World


Ask Dr. Gott 12/28

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 42-year-old female. The only medication I take is Lexapro, which I have been on for two years. Within the last eight months, I have gained 35 pounds. Rather than taking the elevator at work, I am constantly running up and down flights of stairs. In addition to my day job, I have taken on a part-time position at night cleaning. This entails mopping floors, and reaching high and low to clean. I throw a football around with my boys and do a lot of walking, yet I cannot seem to take off any of ...

January 12, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 12/28

DEAR ABBY: We have a large collection of 18th- and 19th-century antiques, mostly inherited. It consists of furniture, silver, china, Oriental rugs and artwork. Our son professes an interest when asked, but recently threw out a very good (but not antique) rug we had given him. He replaced it with a rug from IKEA.

January 12, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Thousands throng Bhutto’s burial as Pakistan government blames Taliban, al-Qaida for death

GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, Pakistan - Hundreds of thousands of mourners thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan's most famous political dynasty in an outpouring of emotion for Benazir Bhutto. The government said al-Qaida and the Taliban were responsible for her death, claiming it intercepted an al-Qaida leader's message of congratulation for the assassination.

January 12, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Classmates recall Bhutto’s intensity at Harvard; she cherished memories of college days

BOSTON - Even at age 16, Benazir Bhutto was unafraid to express herself, a lesson one college classmate learned when she invited Bhutto home for Thanksgiving during their freshman year.

January 12, 2008 | By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer | National


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Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

August 18, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer | Nation


NCAA's strongest argument on appeal of O'Bannen case may be cap limit

August 18, 2014 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Playoffs or bust for schools surrounding Bulloch County

Football programs in the counties surrounding Bulloch have seen varying degrees of success over the past few years, but all seem primed to make a run towards the postseason in 2014.

August 18, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


With Baker out for season, Falcons shift offensive line

FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.

August 18, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


New brick-look crosswalks going in overnight at West Main and College streets in Statesboro

The intersection around West Main and College streets will be closed from about 8:30 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Tuesday for completion of the crosswalk upgrade, said engineer Marcos Trejo in the city's engineering department.

August 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Got $1M to run for Congress? Barrow rival Allen is close

SAVANNAH - Regardless of whether he wins his race for Congress this fall, Augusta businessman and Republican Rick W. Allen is on the brink of joining an exclusive club in Georgia politics - candidates willing to spend $1 million of their own money seeking election.

August 18, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Pathologist: Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


Tricky 18th hole helps Villegas win Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Camilo Villegas got some help from an unlikely source on his way to his first victory in a while.

August 18, 2014 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jeff Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

BROOKLYN, Mich. - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.

August 18, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Upton's 2-run HR helps Braves top Lester, A's 4-3

ATLANTA - Mike Minor needed a reason to believe he could work his way back to his 2013 form.

August 18, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Georgia Southern to host award-winning filmmaker for Hispanic Heritage Month

Georgia Southern University will host Adriana Bosch, an award-winning series producer and filmmaker, as this year's Hispanic Heritage Month guest speaker.

August 18, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the nation

If you are on social media, you have probably seen friends, politicians, athletes or celebrities recently dump a bucket of ice water over their head. This chilly "challenge" they are doing is the Striking Out ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge, and it is taking over the social media world. The task is a campaign to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

August 18, 2014 | By LINDSEY PETERSON Deseret News National | Hot topics


Iraq says it seizes Mosul Dam; militants deny it

BAGHDAD - Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.

August 18, 2014 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press | World


Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.

August 18, 2014 | By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press | World


Sparks-Dowdy

Sara Ashley Sparks of Aiken, South Carolina, became the bride of James Daniel Dowdy of Greensboro, Georgia, during a 5 p.m. ceremony held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the St. John's United Methodist Church in Aiken. The Rev. Donnie Bates officiated.

August 17, 2014 | | Weddings


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