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Ohio governor commutes man’s death sentence; convicted killer prepares for new prison

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Death row inmate John Spirko wanted a pardon or the chance to leave prison and prove his innocence. He got neither, though he did escape execution.

January 25, 2008 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press Writer | National


AP interview: U.S. general says once-violent Anbar province ready for Iraqi control

WASHINGTON - Iraq's western province of Anbar, origin of the Sunni Arab insurgency that arose in the early months of U.S. occupation, will be returned to Iraqi control in March, a senior U.S. general said Thursday.

January 25, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Washington


Schwarzenegger budget would cut education, release inmates to help make up $14 billion deficit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget, released Thursday would close a projected $14 billion gap by giving schools 10 percent less money, releasing 22,000 inmates early and closing dozens of state parks.

January 25, 2008 | By AARON C. DAVIS Associated Press Writer | National


Chairman Bernanke says Fed ready to cut interest rates again as needed

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pledged Thursday to slash interest rates yet again to prevent housing and credit problems from plunging the country into a recession.

January 25, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Retailers report weak results for December as gas prices, slumping housing market take toll

NEW YORK - The economic outlook became more uncertain Thursday after many of the nation's big retailers reported weaker than expected holiday sales, the result of consumers cutting their spending due to higher energy prices and the ongoing housing slump.

January 25, 2008 | By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Business Writer | National


Woman found in D.C. home with bodies of 4 girls faces murder charges; bodies there for weeks

WASHINGTON - A woman found in her home with the decomposing bodies of four girls faces murder charges, and authorities believe she is their mother, officials said Thursday.

January 25, 2008 | By SARAH KARUSH Associated Press Writer | National


Rep. Doolittle, R-Calif., announces retirement from Congress

WASHINGTON - Republican Rep. John Doolittle of California, who is under investigation in a congressional lobbying scandal, said Thursday that he'll retire from Congress at the end of his current term.

January 25, 2008 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Lax FBI money controls lead to shutdown of surveillance, Justice Department audit finds

WASHINGTON - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.

January 25, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Students help subdue 13-year-old attacker at Pa. school; 3 suffer minor stab wounds

READING, Pa. - Eighth-grader Tim Hauck said he knew by the enraged look on his friend's face that the other teenager meant to hurt as many people as he could.

January 25, 2008 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer | National


Air Force’s aging F-15 jet fighters plagued by defective support beam

WASHINGTON - An Air Force investigation of the crash last fall of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet concluded that a defective metal beam in the frame cracked, causing it to disintegrate during flight.

January 25, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Writer | National


New National Guard program bringing in Army recruits

WASHINGTON - A new Army recruiting program that relies on National Guard soldiers to help recruit for the active duty Army has brought more than 500 sign-ups in its first three months, according to the Guard.

January 25, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Colombian rebels free 2 hostages in coup for Venezuela’s Chavez

SAN JOSE DE GUAVIARE, Colombia - Colombian rebels freed two women held hostage for more than five years, handing them over Thursday to Venezuelan officials who flew them toward Caracas where a triumphant President Hugo Chavez awaited.

January 25, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | World


Former UN chief Kofi Annan to lead Kenya mediation efforts in disputed election

NAIROBI, Kenya - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan agreed Thursday to take over talks to end the deadly turmoil linked to Kenya's presidential election, after days of international pressure resulted in nothing more than a fresh round of accusations from both sides.

January 25, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press Writer | World


Former CIA official wants immunity before telling House about destroying interrogation tapes

WASHINGTON - Attorneys for Jose Rodriguez told Congress the former CIA official won't testify about the destruction of CIA videotapes without a promise of immunity, two people close to the tapes inquiry said Wednesday.

January 25, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Analysis: Former President Clinton’s evolving role in wife’s campaign raises some questions

WASHINGTON - Having a former president on your side is a blessing that can cut both ways.

January 25, 2008 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


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Portal travels to face Raiders

PORTAL - The road doesn't get any easier for the Portal Panthers tonight as they face their sixth consecutive opponent that will likely make the Class A state playoff field in November.

October 23, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


BA takes on region foe Trinity

Bulloch Academy will have to find a way to derail the 'Payne Train' tonight when they face Trinity Christian School in a key GISA Region 2-AAA matchup at Cleve Warnock Stadium in Dublin.

October 23, 2014 | By RAHN HUTCHESON Special to the Herald | Prep Sports 360


Probe shows UNC cheating scandal involved 3,100 students

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes.

October 23, 2014 | By AARON BEARD and EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Sports


Hart named president of operations

ATLANTA - John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations.

October 23, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


World Series moves to the bay

SAN FRANCISCO - Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco's waterfront ballpark unique.

October 23, 2014 | By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Chubb keeps No. 9 Georgia moving

ATHENS - Thanks to Nick Chubb, concerns about Georgia's running game have subsided even as Todd Gurley's status remains uncertain.

October 23, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | UGA


Compton among St. Simons leaders

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.

October 23, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

NEWNAN, Ga. - Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.

October 23, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


9 tips to survival parenting

After my close call with lightning on a mountain climb this summer, my younger sister suggested I read one of her favorite books: "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why," (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004) by Laurence Gonzales.

October 23, 2014 | By TIFFANY GEE LEWIS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Marriage isn’t about romance

I've always loved the movies, especially a good romance. When I was young, I often dreamed of being swept off my feet to romantic places like Paris or Italy by a tall, dark and perfectly handsome man who would serenade me while I stood on the balcony in the moonlight. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

October 23, 2014 | By TIFFANY FLETCHER Deseret News National | Hot topics




Royals even series with 7-2 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

October 22, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Local Roundup: Statesboro High 2014 Hall of Fame

The Statesboro Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the upcoming addition of six new members.

October 22, 2014 | From staff reports | Prep Sports 360


Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement

ATHENS - Mark Richt said he was optimistic on Wednesday as Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

October 22, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | UGA


NFL Weekend Picks: Broncos have bad Chargers memory

The Denver Broncos fear no one in the AFC, nor should they given their recent record.

October 22, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


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