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Iraqi lawmakers pass laws setting date for provincial elections and allotting 2008 budget

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament on Wednesday passed three key pieces of legislation that set a date for provincial elections, allot $48 billion for 2008 spending, and provide limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody.

February 28, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Astrograph 2/14

Although you have to shoulder bigger responsibilities where your work or career is concerned in the year ahead, don't let it intimidate you. Keep in mind that the returns will be larger as well, and that is motivation enough.

February 28, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


AP Centerpiece: Toy makers tweak lines to offset rising costs, but say prices will still rise

NEW YORK - Next holiday, that toy that was supposed to talk for a minute will talk for 40 seconds, and that portable electronic quiz game will ask fewer questions.

February 28, 2008 | By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Business Writer | National


British court quashes conviction of students jailed for downloading terrorist material

LONDON - A British court on Wednesday overturned the convictions of five students jailed for downloading information on bomb-making and terrorism from the Internet.

February 28, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rape being used as weapon in Kenya’s ethnic violence, hospitals and clinics report

NAIROBI, Kenya - Looting, arson and murder have become hallmarks of Kenya's conflict over a disputed presidential election. Another, less talked about tactic in the violence that has degenerated into ethnic clashes: rape.

February 28, 2008 | By KATY POWNALL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Billionaire prominent in Georgian opposition dies in Britain after alleging murder plot

LONDON - The richest man in the former Soviet state of Georgia was found dead in his mansion near London less than two months after claiming he was the target of an assassination plot for helping lead a protest movement against his homeland's government.

February 28, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Ga. lawmakers eye tobacco tax hike for first time in five years

ATLANTA - For the first time in five years, state lawmakers are looking at raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.

February 28, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Officials say 3 children killed in house fire in Sidney, Ohio, 5 others escape

SIDNEY, Ohio - A house fire killed three children and their bodies were buried inside when part of the structure collapsed into the basement, a fire official said Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Chertoff: Virtual fence on Southwest border will get government’s stamp of approval

WASHINGTON - The government plans to approve a 28-mile virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bridge 2/14

Comedienne Jackie "Moms" Mabley said, "Love is like playing checkers. You have to know which man to move."

February 28, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Region tournament scores

LOUISVILLE - Screven County's girls (19-7) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region 3-AA tournament with a 59-34 win over Metter on Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Sports


Snow and ice blankets Ohio Valley, closing schools and making roads hazardous

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Snow and ice spread across the Ohio Valley on Tuesday, closing schools, knocking out power for thousands of homes and businesses and collapsing a bakery roof.

February 27, 2008 | By WILL GRAVES Associated Press Writer | National


Bridge 2/12

In "Themes and Variations," Aldous Huxley wrote, "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."

February 27, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


50 cars damaged, about 12 people hurt in pileup on foggy central California highway

FRESNO, Calif. - Fifty vehicles piled up in a chain-reaction accident in dense fog Tuesday, scattering mangled cars along a three-mile stretch of highway and injuring as many as a dozen people, the California Highway Patrol said.

February 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Not a toy: Fire officials seek ban on lighters that look like skateboards, phones and animals

DES MOINES, Iowa - The cartoonish plastic frog with bulging eyes could be a children's toy - but for the torch-like flame that bursts from the novelty lighter's head.

February 27, 2008 | By AMY LORENTZEN Associated Press Writer | National


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Federer out of Aussie Open in 3rd round

MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open, his chances of reaching a 12th consecutive semifinal at Melbourne Park erased in a shocking third-round loss to Andreas Seppi on Friday.

January 23, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Huckabee: Resist possible decision for gay marriage

NEW YORK - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and a leading voice for Christian conservatives, said Thursday that governors and state legislatures should consider ways to resist a Supreme Court decision that recognized same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.

January 23, 2015 | By SUSAN PAGE USA Today | Local


Ga. lawmaker to introduce bill legalizing cannabis oil

ATLANTA - A Georgia lawmaker will officially introduce a bill legalizing cannabis oil for people with cancer, seizure disorders and other chronic diseases on Monday as the General Assembly returns to action.

January 23, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Give “special tantrums” a “special place”

Q: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling - a boy - but she's very affectionate and helpful toward him, so I don't know if there's any connection. I've tried everything I can think of to prevent and stop the tantrums - things I've seen recommended in various places - but nothing has worked. She throws one whenever she doesn't get her way. Help!

January 23, 2015 | John Rosemond c | Columnists/Editorials


Blake Adams shoots 64 in return from hip replacement surgery

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Blake Adams, a former Georgia Southern Eagle, figured he was already way ahead of the game when he teed off in first round of the Humana Challenge. A high spot on the leaderboard was a bonus.

January 23, 2015 | By JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Georgia Southern to host Air Force sax quartet

Horizon Saxophone Quartet, a component of the United States Air Force Band of the West, will present a concert at Georgia Southern University's Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

January 23, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


January 23 - Frances Coleman Faunce, 89, died January 21, 2015.

Frances Faunce

January 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eagles get road win at Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Mike Hughes tipped in a Jelani Hewitt missed jumper with 1:39 to go, and the Eagles made it stand with key defensive stops down the stretch as Georgia Southern posted a 45-43 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball victory over the Bobcats Thursday night in Strahan Coliseum.

January 22, 2015 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports


Healthy Azarenka coasts into third round

MELBOURNE, Australia - Unseeded and floating dangerously in the draw, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka took out No. 8-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the third round at the first major of 2015.

January 22, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Brady, Belichick issue flat denials

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch.

January 22, 2015 | By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Sharpshooting Korver leading red-hot Hawks

ATLANTA - Kyle Korver spent most of his career running around behind the 3-point stripe, a guy whose singular quest was to get open for a long-range shot at the basket.

January 22, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gordon announces 2015 will be final fulltime season

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.

January 22, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gov. Deal wants more education opportunities for inmates

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers to invest more in educating state prison inmates and promised in his budget address on Thursday that the expense would pay off for the individuals and Georgia's economy when they are released.

January 22, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

WASHINGTON - With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.

January 22, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Only one path to the true God

"All men, by different paths, seek the same God." Years ago, when I first heard this phrase, I thought it sounded pretty plausible, intelligent and seemed to have a ring of inclusion for those trying to make sense out of the many religions in this old world of ours. I don't think it does. I'll get to this in a few minutes.

January 22, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


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