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Employers cut payrolls for first time since summer 2003; jobless rate dips

WASHINGTON - Nervous employers cut 17,000 jobs in January - the first such reduction in more than four years and a fresh sign that the economy is in danger of stalling.

February 16, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


In setback for Bush administration, court won’t reconsider Guantanamo ruling

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

February 16, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Activist’s proposal asks San Franciscans to transform Alcatraz into a global peace center

SAN FRANCISCO - It would literally take an act of Congress before a city ballot proposal to turn Alcatraz into a global peace center could become reality.

February 16, 2008 | By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer | National


Teacher charged with making terroristic threats against her Pa. elementary school

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A teacher who was upset because she didn't get her preferred classroom assignment left more than a dozen scribbled threats at her elementary school and a suspicious device in a student's desk, authorities said.

February 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


O.J. Simpson seeks dismissal of 6 of 12 charges in his Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery case

LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson filed court papers seeking dismissal of half the charges against him, saying prosecutors in Nevada failed to meet legal standards to prosecute him for kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy, his lawyer said Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Delegates at Hawaii climate conference praise new US flexibility in curbing emissions

HONOLULU - A meeting of delegates from the nations that emit the most pollutants ended without concrete targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, but participants praised what they saw as a new willingness by the United States to discuss possible solutions.

February 16, 2008 | By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press Writer | National


Convicted sex offender rapes boy at Massachusetts library, authorities say

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A convicted child rapist who was released by a judge even though prosecutors said he was likely to strike again has been charged with raping a 6-year-old boy at a library.

February 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Judge grills Texas DA facing contempt charge for deleting e-mails sought in lawsuit

HOUSTON - An embattled prosecutor facing a contempt charge for deleting e-mails was grilled Friday by a federal judge who said he should have known better than to erase material he had been ordered to turn over.

February 16, 2008 | By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON Associated Press Writer | National


New Mexico groups lobby for ‘No Child Left Inside’ tax on televisions, video games

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dave Gilligan remembers being pushed outside to play baseball and other sports, but feeling it just wasn't for him.

February 16, 2008 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press Writer | National


Microsoft makes unexpected $44.6B bid for Yahoo; Internet icon is studying it

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.

February 16, 2008 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer | National


Lawyer: Woman charged with wearing fake bomb at Boston airport had free speech right to do so

BOSTON - A computer science student who unwittingly created an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board attached to her shirt had a First Amendment right to express herself in that manner, her lawyer argued Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press Writer | National


Wealthy Chinese spend holiday shopping, while snow strands factory workers

GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.

February 16, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Bridge 2/2

The deal for the Christmas competition came from a book by Jose Le Dentu, an excellent French writer and player who died in 1997.

February 16, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Aruban officials reopening Holloway case after seeing secret tapes from Dutch journalist

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.

February 16, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | World


Hundreds of Hamas supporters protest Egypt’s attempts to close Gaza border breach

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas militants on Friday hauled away metal spikes that Egyptian soldiers had placed at sections of the Gaza-Egypt border, defying attempts to reseal the frontier and stop the influx of blockade-weary Gazans.

February 16, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | World


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Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Sawmills, timber become big businesses in Bulloch

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

November 16, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Tear-jerking video shows dad singing to dying newborn son

Musician Chris Picco played for hours every day to his sick newborn son and his performance of The Beatles' "Blackbird" is going viral.

November 16, 2014 | By COURTNIE ERICKSON Deseret News National | World


Ryan, Bryant help Falcons top Panthers 19-17

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Atlanta Falcons are 4-6 - and tied for first place in the lowly NFC South.

November 16, 2014 | By STEVE REED Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Georgia loses Gurley to season-ending knee injury

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley's season has ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

November 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Sports


Stores opening earlier than ever for Black Friday

Black Friday seems to begin earlier each year, making its name almost irrelevant.

November 16, 2014 | By MEGAN MARSDEN CHRISTENSEN Deseret News National | Hot topics


5 things newlyweds must absolutely leave behind

Ah, the single life. You flit between carefree, independent, lonely and vulnerable. Maybe you're on the hunt for your soulmate. As you cycle through relationships, it's like shopping for the perfect pair of shoes: a great fit, comfy feel, sturdy sole and quality construction - but with a look you like, too.

November 16, 2014 | By MEGAN GLADWELL Deseret News National | Hot topics


Russia's Putin denies he fled summit pressure

BRISBANE, Australia - Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly criticized over Russia's escalating aggression in Ukraine, but brushed off suggestions that he had felt pressured.

November 16, 2014 | By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press | World


Video: Islamic State group beheads US aid worker

BEIRUT - An Islamic State group video released Sunday purports to show extremists beheading a dozen Syrian soldiers and ends with a militant claiming to have killed U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, the latest slaughter proudly broadcast by the group on the Internet.

November 16, 2014 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press | World


Jacket defense dominates Clemson in rout

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has improved its chances of earning a spot in the ACC championship game, and this time, it was the defense playing the lead role.

November 16, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Georgia Tech


Georgia dominant in big win over Auburn

ATHENS, Ga. - Nick Chubb shared the spotlight in Todd Gurley's return, with both backs rushing for more than 100 yards in No. 16 Georgia's 34-7 victory over ninth-ranked Auburn on Saturday night.

November 16, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | UGA


Blue Devils sweep Liberty in opener

It was only the first game of the season for both schools, but Statesboro and Liberty County looked to be in midseason form as they gave the crowd at the Devil's Den a show Saturday evening.

November 16, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


1st-time champion set to be crowned

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR's new championship format.

November 16, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR




Sherman's March, 150 years later

A turning point in the Civil War came 150 years ago this week, when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left the smoking ruins of Atlanta and launched his scorching March to the Sea. Here are five questions and answers about the commander whose name, even today, evokes admiration or hatred - and about his march, which hastened the war's end.

November 15, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


New tactics in health care push

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The pitch for health care coverage is being made at nail salons, pizzerias, mosques - and even bars.

November 15, 2014 | By ANN SANNER Associated Press | Nation


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