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A cheerful Christmas in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Gloom was banished from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the first time in years on Monday as Christian pilgrims from all over the world flocked here to celebrate Jesus' birth in an atmosphere of renewed tranquility.

January 08, 2008 | The Associated Press | Nation


Pakistan election campaign intensifies as opposition leaders criticize Musharraf

SUKKUR, Pakistan - Pakistan's opposition leaders fanned out across the country Monday, lashing out at President Pervez Musharraf and telling thousands of people at raucous political rallies to vote for change.

January 08, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Decades later, the notion that crack is far more dangerous than cocaine is widely disputed

BOSTON - During some of the bloodiest years of the drug wars of the 1980s, crack was seen as far more dangerous than powdered cocaine, and that perception was written into the sentencing laws. But now that notion is under attack like never before.

January 08, 2008 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press Writer | National


Candidates court vote of Kenya's Muslim minority in nation's closest election ever

KIBERA, Kenya - In the Kenyan slum of Kibera these days, the ancient cadences of the Muslim call to prayer compete with election propaganda blaring from loudspeakers.

January 08, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush makes holiday phone calls to U.S. troops around the world

WASHINGTON - President Bush made Christmas Eve calls to 10 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other spots around the world, thanking them for their sacrifice and wishing them a happy holiday even though they'll be far away from their families and friends.

January 08, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | National


Leader of Iraq's Catholics urges emigrants to return in Christmas message

BAGHDAD - The spiritual leader of Iraq's Catholics made a Christmas appeal Monday for all those who have fled Iraq to return and help rebuild their shattered homeland, acknowledging that fear still persists even as the country enjoys one of its most peaceful holiday seasons in years.

January 08, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Virginia Tech victims' families lobby for state changes in gun, mental health laws

RICHMOND, Va. - As he sat in a hospital, watching blood ooze from his son Colin's gunshot wounds, Andrew Goddard negotiated with a higher power: Let my son live, and I will do what I can to spare another parent this torture.

January 07, 2008 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press Writer | National


Beauty salons enlisted in fight against domestic violence

NEW YORK - At the Divas beauty salon, Spanish-language talk shows play on the TV, blow driers and scissors are at the ready and customers chat about everything from men to money to jobs.

January 07, 2008 | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR Associated Press Writer | National


Pakistan opposition leader Bhutto says ruling party failing to fight Islamic militants

LARKANA, Pakistan - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto accused the government Sunday of failing to crush Islamic militants, days after a suicide bombing killed 56 people during prayers in a mosque.

January 07, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Living out parable of giving, congregation receives joy in return

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - The Rev. Hamilton Coe Throckmorton shivered with anticipation as he gazed at the loot - wads of $50 bills piled high beside boxes of crayons in a Sunday school classroom.

January 07, 2008 | By HELEN O’NEILL AP Special Correspondent | National


Deported former Milwaukee police officer arrives in Mexico

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - The U.S. deported a man to Mexico on Sunday who had taken a dead cousin's identity to pose as a citizen in order to become a Milwaukee police officer.

January 07, 2008 | By GUILLERMO ARIAS Associated Press Writer | National


Boro man selected to Agri-Leaders development program

Elliott Marsh of Statesboro has been selected as a participant in the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum's Leadership Development Program for 2008. Marsh, coordinator and instructor of agribusiness courses, is employed with Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro. Jimmy Hill, executive manager of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum Foundation, said, "Elliott was chosen to participate in the year-long leadership program because of his involvement in and commitment to Georgia agriculture."

January 07, 2008 | Special to the Herald | Business


AP Impact: Americans' debt woes expanding. Now it's unpaid credit card bills that are rising.

SAN FRANCISCO - Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending delinquencies and defaults surging by double-digit percentages in the last year and prompting warnings of worse to come.

January 07, 2008 | By RACHEL KONRAD Associated Press Writer | National


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, an icon of tradition, launches video site on YouTube

LONDON - Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth.

January 07, 2008 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


For some, the writers strike is the Grinch that stole Christmas

LOS ANGELES - Nearly two months without paychecks. Scores of shuttered shows. Thousands out of work. The Hollywood writers strike suggests a bleak Christmas for many in Tinsel Town.

January 07, 2008 | By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer | National


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Tony Stewart cleared to race, will be in car at Richmond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart has been cleared to return to racing and will be back in his car Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

April 21, 2016 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Prince, hugely inventive, influential musician, dead at 57

CHANHASSEN, Minn. - Prince could play guitar like Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix, sing like James Brown, turn out pop melodies worthy of Motown or lay ...

April 21, 2016 | The Associated Press | Associated Press






Grandal's double in 10th gives Dodgers 2-1 win over Braves

ATLANTA - Clayton Kershaw didn't have his best stuff. Even tried a blooper pitch.

April 20, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Eagles acquire No. 2 overall draft pick from Browns

PHILADELPHIA - Desperate for a franchise quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles can get their man. Soon.

April 20, 2016 | By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Tubman to be new face of $20 bill

WASHINGTON - Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin among the iconic faces ...

April 20, 2016 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press | Associated Press


SEB has strong showing at Region 1-AAA meet

April 19, 2016 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Bats of Flowers, Smith lead Braves to 4th straight win

ATLANTA - Tyler Flowers went 4 for 4 and drove in three runs, Mallex Smith had three RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles ...

April 19, 2016 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Portal Golf claims third straight area title

PORTAL - One of the smallest schools in all of Georgia is quickly becoming a big name in girls' golf.

April 19, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Ryan organized passing camp as lead-in to offseason program

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan didn't wait for this week's start of theAtlanta Falcons offseason program to jump into preparations for 2016.

April 19, 2016 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Hawks stifle Boston in 1st quarter, lead 2-0 after 89-72 win

ATLANTA - The Hawks held the Boston Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a ...

April 19, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Sports federations concerned about venues for Rio Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - International sports federations expressed concern Tuesday over problems with venues for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics ...

April 19, 2016 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Need help with game? Nicklaus mentors the next generation

Justin Thomas could sense his expectations getting higher and his game going nowhere.

April 19, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Trump, Clinton triumph on home turf

NEW YORK - Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory with ease in Tuesday's New York primary, with Trump bouncing back from a ...

April 19, 2016 | By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE | Associated Press


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