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Officials: Social worker reported problems in April at D.C. home where 4 girls were found dead

WASHINGTON - A woman found in her home with the decomposing bodies of her four daughters was suspected by a social worker of holding one of the girls hostage as early as April, city officials said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By KAREN MAHABIR Associated Press Writer | National


Fire destroys Portal family's home

A Portal family lost their home Thursday to a house fire possibly caused by a faulty surge protector. Portal Fire Chief Christopher Ivey said the fire originated in a child's bedroom and the surge protector is likely the cause. However, the investigation is ongoing, he said.

January 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Search resumes off Ala. coast for 4 kids believed thrown from 80-foot-tall bridge by father

MOBILE, Ala. - High winds hampered search crews early Friday as they resumed looking off the Alabama coast for the bodies of four children believed to have been thrown from a bridge by their father.

January 26, 2008 | By GARRY MITCHELL Associated Press Writer | National


NASA aims for February shuttle launch, begins installing new connector in Atlantis fuel tank

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA began installing a new connector in Atlantis' fuel tank Friday in hopes of launching the space shuttle in early February, two months late.

January 26, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | National


Back to the future: NYC clones historical trees as part of plan to add a million trees to city

NEW YORK - Squat, homely, dwarfed by stately oaks and poplars, and unnoticed by the tourists passing in horse-drawn carriages, it's a tree that only birds and nut-hungry squirrels could love.

January 26, 2008 | By RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer | National


Senior Giuliani campaign staffers forgo paychecks, a sign of possible money troubles

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate and last year's national front-runner.

January 26, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Democrats looking at tax rebates, benefit boosts and public works to stimulate economy

WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling Congress are looking at tax rebates, extended unemployment benefits and more food stamps to stimulate the sagging economy.

January 26, 2008 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Air travelers stuck in security showdown between Bush administration, states

WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses - a dispute that, by May, could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings.

January 26, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | National


US commanders in Iraq tout success of massive bombing campaign

BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of the largest bombing campaigns of the war destroyed extremists' ''defensive belts'' south of Baghdad, allowing American soldiers to push into areas where they have not been in years, a top commander said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police Report - January 12

(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.)

January 26, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


N.C. sheriff: Pregnant Marine is dead, comrade she accused of sex assault is suspect

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities searched a neighborhood Friday for a shallow grave holding the body of a pregnant Marine, and said the main suspect in her death was a comrade she had accused of rape.

January 26, 2008 | By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer | National


French judge rejects bid by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ex-wife to block book publication

PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife lost a legal battle Friday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called her former husband ''cheap'' and a ''womanizer.''

January 26, 2008 | By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Federal budget was in surplus in December but deficit now higher so far this year

WASHINGTON - The federal budget recorded a record surplus for December, but for the first three months of the budget year, the deficit is running significantly higher than the previous year.

January 26, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Bank of America to buy Countrywide for $4.1 billion in stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bank of America said Friday it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, a deal that rescues the country's biggest mortgage lender and expands the financial services empire of the nation's largest consumer bank.

January 26, 2008 | By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS AP Business Writer | National


YMCA aims to become America’s No. 1 fitness and anti-obesity crusader

NEW YORK - Founded in the mid-19th century, the Young Men's Christian Association has expanded far beyond its name in the United States. It welcomes all faiths, half the 20.2 million people it serves are female, and more than half are adults.

January 26, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | National


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Portal faces 2nd-seeded Greenville

PORTAL - For the third consecutive season, the Portal Panthers have reached the quarterfinals of the Class A state playoffs.

February 25, 2015 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360




Hawks happy to share the love

ATLANTA - The Eastern Conference standings are not the only proof the Atlanta Hawks are mastering Mike Budenholzer's ball-sharing, pass-happy scheme.

February 24, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Paddle Georgia to host Ogeechee River event

The country's largest weeklong canoe/kayak camping adventure will stroke down the Ogeechee River this summer, with more than 400 paddlers ranging in age from 4 to 84 making the journey.

February 24, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


WTOC reporter to walk 100 miles for Red Cross

WTOC-TV news reporter Dal Cannady is at it again. He begins his annual seven-day, 100.1-mile walk Wednesday to raise money for the American Red Cross.

February 24, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


4 local schools receive state AP honors

Four local schools were among the 609 listed recently as Advanced Placement Honor Schools by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

February 24, 2015 | From staff reports | Local




Winter brings arctic air, freezing rain, snow across US

Cold, slushy weather crawled across much of the U.S. on Monday, coating parts of several Southern states in snow, leaving highways dangerously icy in numerous states from New Mexico to Oklahoma to New England, and sending temperatures plunging to 25 to 30 degrees below normal across much of the country.

February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press | Local


Ga. set to execute only female death row inmate this week

ATLANTA - The daughter of the lone woman on Georgia's death row is asking the state parole board to grant her mother life in prison instead of the death penalty for plotting to have her father killed - even though she says her dad's death was "the most painful experience of my life."

February 23, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


8 Statesboro businesses found in violation during alcohol compliance checks

Eight local businesses were found in violation during alcohol compliance checks conducted Jan. 22 and Feb. 13, police said.

February 23, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


Rural health panel backs changes at struggling Georgia hospitals

ATLANTA - A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.

February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Stakes high as teams try to judge character at NFL combine

INDIANAPOLIS - The questions were similar, and Dorial Green-Beckham had virtually the same response for each one.

February 23, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Sports


Housecleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez's home

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing.

February 23, 2015 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports


FIFA closes on dates for Qatar World Cup

The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.

February 23, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Baseball looks to speed things up

PHOENIX - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.

February 23, 2015 | By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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