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Zimbabwe sets March 29 for presidential, parliament elections; opposition angered

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe has set national elections for March 29, according to a proclamation issued Friday that angered the opposition, which had called for the vote to be put back until constitutional disputes were settled.

February 09, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Former chairman of China’s No. 2 oil company faces corruption charges

BEIJING - The former chairman of China's No. 2 oil company, Sinopec Corp., has been expelled from the Communist Party and referred to prosecutors on charges of corruption and bribe taking, state media reported Friday.

February 09, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Lawyer admits being go-between with Venezuelan intelligence in cash suitcase coverup scheme

MIAMI - A Venezuelan man pleaded guilty Friday in a scheme to cover up the source of $800,000 in a suitcase seized in Argentina, where it was allegedly sent by Venezuelans as a donation to Cristina Fernandez's presidential campaign.

February 09, 2008 | By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Prosecutor who helped bug former Philadelphia mayor’s office now working for successor

PHILADELPHIA - A former federal prosecutor who got a secret court order to bug then-Mayor John Street's office now fights corruption just a few feet from where the listening device was planted.

February 09, 2008 | By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press Writer | National


Prosecutor offers Mexican authorities and fugitive Marine a deal in killing of colleague

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - If a Marine wanted in the killing of a 20-year-old pregnant colleague is arrested in Mexico, he will not face lethal injection in North Carolina under a deal offered by prosecutors to the Marine and Mexican authorities.

February 09, 2008 | By ESTES THOMPSON Associated Press Writer | National


Retired Missouri police chief, 69, nabs online predators by posing as 13-year-old girl

DIAMOND, Mo. - No one will ever confuse Jim Murray with a teenager. His tall frame, broad shoulders and clipped gray hair give him away for the grandfather he is.

February 09, 2008 | By MARCUS KABEL Associated Press Writer | National


AP NewsBreak: Florida Sen. Mel Martinez to endorse McCain

MIAMI - Florida Sen. Mel Martinez will endorse John McCain on Friday, The Associated Press has learned, a move likely to give the Republican presidential candidate a crucial boost with the state's Cuban-Americans just days before the primary.

February 09, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Romney tells builders his business background better qualifies him to fix the economy

MIAMI - Former venture capitalist Mitt Romney asserted Friday he is better equipped than his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination - who all have more government experience - because ''the only way to get America on track economically is to have a president who actually understands how the economy works.''

February 09, 2008 | By GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Analysis: With rivals fading, McCain, Romney maneuver to be seen as general election candidate

BOCA RATON, Fla. - With their rivals fading, John McCain and Mitt Romney maneuvered to be seen as the strongest Republican general election candidate.

February 09, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


In Bush’s final State of the Union address, the familiar will trump the bold

WASHINGTON - In a bow to political reality, President Bush's final State of the Union speech will skip bold proposals in favor of ones the country has heard before, a modest approach for a White House that prides itself on big ideas.

February 09, 2008 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bridge 1/26

Comedian Steven Wright said, "I broke a mirror in my house and I'm supposed to get seven years' bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."

February 09, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


No plans for special prosecutor to investigate destroyed CIA tapes, Mukasey says

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday he doesn't plan for a special prosecutor to investigate whether the CIA broke the law when it destroyed videotapes of terror interrogations, defying some in Congress who want an independent look at the politically charged case.

February 09, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Richard Darman, aide to Reagan and Bush, dies

WASHINGTON - Richard Darman, a former White House budget director who helped convince former President George H.W. Bush to renege on his no new taxes pledge, died Friday. He was 64.

February 09, 2008 | By WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush tells Congress it would be a mistake to delay or derail economic stimulus package

WASHINGTON - President Bush urged Congress on Friday to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action will kickstart the sputtering economy. ''I strongly believe it would be a mistake to delay or derail this bill,'' Bush said.

February 09, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Democrat Dennis Kucinich quits presidential race, faces tough fight to keep House seat

CLEVELAND - Democrat Dennis Kucinich abandoned his presidential bid Friday to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress.

February 09, 2008 | By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


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Outdoor Life: Messes of the masses

After some reflection I've concluded that a goodly portion of my life has been consumed with picking up stuff.

December 16, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON dar8589@bellsouth.net | Sports


Bulloch County deputies find 2 meth labs, arrest 3, in separate incidents

Response to an argument over money and to locate a wanted person led law enforcement to find meth labs in two separate locations over the weekend.

December 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Counterfeit money incidents rise slightly in Statesboro

An uptick in reports of fake money have police warning citizens to be careful.

December 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Watchdog: 1-year delay possible at Ga. nuke plant

ATLANTA - Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

December 16, 2014 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Guido Gardens Nights of Lights to begin Thursday

The 2014 edition of the Nights of Lights at Guido Gardens will begin Thursday.

December 16, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

December 16, 2014 | By RIAZ KAHN Associated Press | Associated Press


Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

December 16, 2014 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | Associated Press


12 things you should never give your wife for Christmas

Are you one of those men that wait until Christmas Eve to buy your wife's gift? She probably has had your gift for weeks, and it is already wrapped and placed under the tree, but you just can't figure out what to get her. While I can't tell you the perfect gift to give your wife, I can tell you what NOT to give her. I must mention that while the following list is pretty accurate, everyone is different. You may have a gourmet chef as your wife, so some fancy frying pan is just what she ...

December 16, 2014 | By MEGAN SHAURI Deseret News National | Hot topics


What's in a name? Why Mary is disappearing

They're the most familiar names at this time of year, but Mary and Joseph are disappearing from the cultural landscape as quickly as Santa's sleigh at daybreak.

December 16, 2014 | By JENNIFER GRAHAM | Hot topics


Avoid the red this Christmas: 13 ways to save money during the season

A recent survey by SunTrust Banks found nearly 40 percent of consumers feel pressured to spend more than they can afford this holiday season.

December 16, 2014 | By DEBORAH SUTTON Deseret News National | Hot topics


Nope. Can't. Maybe next time: The art of graciously saying 'no'

The holiday season is a time of giving. We give of ourselves because we want to be "the good guy." We want to be helpful, well-regarded, valued and, of course, our hearts tell us that giving is the right thing to do. Plus, giving feels just plain good.

December 16, 2014 | By LORI NAWYN Deseret News National | Hot topics


Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

December 16, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press | Associated Press




Harbaugh's future will overshadow final two weeks for 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Harbaugh welcomes a sit-down with 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke to discuss the future - his future - after a season that will end in two weeks without a playoff berth for the first time during his four-year tenure.

December 15, 2014 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Manziel flops in first start

December 15, 2014 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


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