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Canadian serial killer gets maximum sentence; life with no parole for at least 25 years

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) - Convicted serial killer Robert ''Willie'' Pickton won't be eligible for parole for a minimum of 25 years, the maximum penalty allowed by law, a judge ruled Tuesday after hearing gripping testimony from victims' relatives.

December 27, 2007 | By DAN BURRITT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Scientists: Energy source of the Northern Lights discovered — a stream of charged particles

SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists think they have discovered the energy source of auroras borealis, the spectacular color displays seen in the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | National


Bosnian Serb general convicted, sentenced to 33 years for deadly siege of Sarajevo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Bosnian Serb general who ordered the relentless shelling, sniping and indiscriminate terror that rained down on Sarajevo during the final phase of a 44-month siege, was convicted of war crimes Wednesday and given a 33-year prison sentence.

December 27, 2007 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Judge rules lawsuits by cleared Central Park jogger attack suspects can proceed

NEW YORK - A judge gave a tentative go-ahead to lawsuits filed on behalf of five men wrongly convicted in the notorious 1989 Central Park jogger attack, tossing out some claims but allowing others to proceed against the city.

December 27, 2007 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer | National


Chilean judge sentences Catholic priest to recite psalms for traffic violation

SANTIAGO, Chile - A judge in southern Chile has sentenced a Catholic priest to recite seven psalms daily during three months as punishment for illegal parking.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


President Bush pardons 29 convicts, but not former White House aide

WASHINGTON - President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and a violator of election laws, but not to I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative.

December 27, 2007 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | National


Study finds small evolutionary change in women’s backs keeps them from toppling when pregnant

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists think they have figured out why pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over despite ever-growing weight up front.

December 27, 2007 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | National


Hayden knew about videotapes before taking command of CIA

WASHINGTON - The CIA failed to fully inform Congress that it was videotaping the harsh interrogations of terrorist suspects and that it destroyed the tapes in 2005, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | National


New trade deal means more Chinese tourists could soon be visiting, helping American business

NEW YORK (AP) - Chinese citizens flush with cash from their booming economy will find it easier to vacation in the U.S. following a long-awaited agreement that the American travel industry hopes will bring in billions of dollars.

December 27, 2007 | By SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press Writer | National


Israeli-Palestinian peace talks get off to rocky start after 7-year freeze

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian rocket barrage, an Israeli army incursion in Gaza and a fresh land dispute in Jerusalem marred the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


No hanging chad, but plenty of controversy in Bay Area mayor’s race

VALLEJO, Calif. - Election Day turned into Groundhog Day in this waterfront city.

December 27, 2007 | By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer | National


Police Report - December 13

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.

December 27, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


2 Emirati men sentenced to 15 years each for attack on Swiss-French boy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Two Emirati men were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison in the highly charged kidnapping and sexual assault of a French-Swiss teenage boy.

December 27, 2007 | By BARBARA SURK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Under new pressure at climate talks, US fends off ‘too ambitious’ emissions guidelines

BALI, Indonesia - As the U.N. climate conference entered its last days, the United States encountered - and rejected - fresh demands Wednesday that it accept ambitious guidelines for negotiating future cuts in emissions of global-warming gases.

December 27, 2007 | By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent | Associated Press


Deadly Algeria bombings could be harbinger of rise of terrorism in North Africa

MADRID, Spain - Algeria has seen more than its fair share of Islamist attacks, but Tuesday's carnage was different. Never before has such a prominent Western site - U.N. offices - been struck with such deadly ferocity in the North African nation.

December 27, 2007 | By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


Smith faces uncertain future with Falcons

December 15, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Police once again offended by NFL player

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


Eagles' Ferguson returns from suspension

Georgia Southern men's basketball star Eric Ferguson's suspension was lifted Monday, effective immediately, according to GSU athletic director Tom Kleinlein.

December 15, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

ATLANTA - Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.

December 15, 2014 | By JOHNNY CLARK Associated Press | Associated Press


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Country Store's Revell is living his dream

Growing up as a chubby kid certainly creates limitations both mentally and physically.

December 15, 2014 | | Local


Budget bill passed by Congress has $1.5M for Savannah harbor

SAVANNAH - A $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by Congress includes a small amount of money to help begin deepening the Port of Savannah's shipping channel, and Georgia officials said they're confident more federal funding will follow once the $706 million project gets underway.

December 15, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

PENNSBURG, Pa. - A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.

December 15, 2014 | By SEAN CARLIN and MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press | Associated Press


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