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Today in History - December 24

Today is Monday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2007. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve.

January 08, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Pope calls on faithful to find time for God as he ushers in Christmas with Midnight Mass

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI urged the faithful to set aside time in their lives for God and the needy, as he ushered in Christmas early Tuesday by celebrating Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

January 08, 2008 | By ARIEL DAVID Associated Press Writer | World


Gut feeling: North Dakota farmer forecasts the winter by examining pig spleens

STEELE, N.D. - Paul Smokov doesn't need radar or other high-tech equipment to forecast a major snowstorm on the prairie. He consults pig spleens.

January 08, 2008 | By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press Writer | National


Bridge 12/24

Johnny Carson said, "Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas."

January 08, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Both Dems and Republicans set records as they raise money for 11 governors' races in 2008

The major parties are raising record amounts of cash as they prepare for gubernatorial campaign showdowns in 11 states next year.

January 08, 2008 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press Writer | National


Astrograph 12/24

In the year ahead, your social scope of interests could be expanded considerably. New activities, sports, hobbies and people are likely to occupy your leisure hours, but they will also influence your choices in life. Make good ones.

January 08, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 12/24

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 69-year-old female, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds. I exercise regularly, take vitamins, am on Femara as a follow-up for breast cancer, and clonidine and Arthrotec. At my last check up, about a month ago, my blood pressure was 117/73, cholesterol was 202 and thyroid was OK.

January 08, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 12/24

DEAR ABBY: My husband had a stroke the morning of New Year's Eve last year. He died on New Year's Day. This year has been hard for me. With the help of my strong faith and my family, I have been coping.

January 08, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Just in time for Christmas, weather eases in upper Midwest as death toll climbs to 22

MILWAUKEE - Sunny conditions on Monday helped road crews deal with the remnants of a blustery snowstorm that blacked out thousands of homes and businesses and was blamed for at least 22 traffic deaths in the upper Midwest.

January 08, 2008 | By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer | National


Airlines, service providers say they've learned from Boeing's in-flight Net failure

NEW YORK -Airlines and service providers seeking to deliver high-speed Internet services to passengers say they've learned from Boeing Co.'s 2006 decision to pull the plug on its ambitions to outfit its planes with a similar service.

January 08, 2008 | By ANICK JESDANUN AP Internet Writer | National


Nearly 5 months after Utah mine collapse, the fate of the mine and the men is unclear

HUNTINGTON, Utah - A lone watchman guards Utah's Crandall Canyon mine, protecting what is more a tomb than a coal operation.

January 08, 2008 | By PAUL FOY Associated Press Writer | National


12-story building collapses in Egypt's Alexandria, at least 3 killed

CAIRO, Egypt - A 12-story building collapsed Monday in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least three people, according to rescuers and the state-run news agency MENA.

January 08, 2008 | By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF Associated Press Writer | World


Analysis: White House, Congress, Fed are scrambling to deal with mortgage crisis

WASHINGTON - After a slow and stumbling start, official Washington is scrambling to try to prevent the unfolding mortgage crisis from pushing the country into recession during an election year. There is a strong feeling, though, that the government will need to do more to avert a financial disaster.

January 08, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | National


Pianist, jazz great Oscar Peterson dies at 82

TORONTO (AP) _ Oscar Peterson, whose speedy fingers, propulsive swing and melodic inventiveness made him one of the world's best known and influential jazz pianists, has died. He was 82.

January 08, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli military prosecutors uphold use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon

JERUSALEM - The Israeli army on Monday said it will not press charges against officers who ordered the use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, brushing off international criticism that the weapons unnecessarily put Lebanese civilians at risk.

January 08, 2008 | By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer | World


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Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel's mark

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.

August 28, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Mickelson in a bind with 4 straight playoff events

NORTON, Mass. - Phil Mickelson isn't a fan of four straight FedEx Cup playoff events that follows a summer of big events and precedes the Ryder Cup.

August 28, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Yates states case to be Falcons' backup QB

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.

August 28, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Minor's arm, bat lead Braves over Mets 6-1

NEW YORK - Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 6-1 Thursday night.

August 28, 2014 | By CHARLES O'BRIEN Associated Press | Atlanta Braves


Portal opens at home with Josey

PORTAL - The Portal Panthers ring in a new era as they host Josey tonight at 7:30 p.m. in their 2014 season opener and their first game under new head coach Jon Willoughby.

August 28, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Southeast Bulloch seeks revenge at Pierce County

BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets enter the 2014 season with expectations of repeating - and building on - last year's trip to the state playoffs.

August 28, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Georgia Southern men's soccer eyes tiny Sun Belt

This time last season, Georgia Southern men's soccer coach Kevin Kennedy didn't know if the Eagles will have a conference to call home.

August 28, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Georgia Southern


Local Roundup: SEB back in the win column

BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets got back in the win column after a seven-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, pounding Islands 8-0 Thursday at home.

August 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Prep Sports 360


Why you should tell your kids their artwork stinks

OK, I know. Telling your kids their artwork stinks sounds horrible. I wouldn't quite say it like that, and I would keep in mind how young the kids are. But if you "ooh" and "aah" at every scribble, pencil mark or blobbed together Play-Doh sculpture, this is for you.

August 28, 2014 | By LEAH DeCESARE Deseret News National | Hot topics


UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health Organization said Thursday as the United States announced plans to test an experimental Ebola vaccine.

August 28, 2014 | By JOHN HEILPRIN and KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | World


Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

August 28, 2014 | By DALTON BENNETT and RAF CASERT Associated Press | World


Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

WASHINGTON - Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

August 28, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Nation


Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

August 28, 2014 | By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press | Nation




Heyward leadoff homer helps Braves beat Mets 3-2

NEW YORK - Jason Heyward hit a leadoff home run off Zack Wheeler, Julio Teheran won his third straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2 Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.

August 27, 2014 | By CHARLES O'BRIEN Associated Press | Atlanta Braves


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