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Police departments on alert after cop killings

NEW YORK - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

December 22, 2014 | By TOM HAYS Associated Press | Associated Press

Tired of interruptions, Catholic priest installs cellphone jammer in church

Bedeviled by jangling cellphones, a Roman Catholic priest in Naples, Italy, has decided to exorcise the electronic interference in high-tech style: he's installed a cell signal jammer, according to London's Daily Express.

December 22, 2014 | By MARK A. KELLNER Deseret News National | Hot topics

5 ways God can save your marriage

Marriage and religion have been bound together for years. Marriage ceremonies are, after all, done in churches, temples and other religious houses of worship, as a way of uniting couples.

December 22, 2014 | By HERB SCRIBNER Deseret News National | Hot topics

McCorkle-Sowell

Jennifer Layne McCorkle and Stephen Garrett Sowell were united in holy matrimony on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the evening at Nevils United Methodist Church in Nevils, Georgia. The Reverend Don Proctor and the Rev. Ron Johnson officiated the double-ring ceremony. The couple also shared their first communion as a married couple during the ceremony. Music was provided by Donny Collins and Donna Brigman.

December 21, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Weddings

'Best and brightest' students in state honored at GSU showcase

More than 150 outstanding high school seniors were recently invited to attend Georgia Southern University's Scholars Day in Statesboro, Georgia. The University's Scholars Day is a unique invitation-only event providing incoming students the opportunity to meet Georgia Southern President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D., learn more about student organizations, participate in campus and residence hall tours and interview for a variety of academic scholarships and the University Honors Program.

December 21, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local

Living with Children with John Rosemond: Potty training triggers power struggle

Q: My 31-month-old has been out of diapers for at least 8 months during the day. She has been very good with toilet training until recently. Now she goes for a while without accidents and then a period of a week or so with at least one accident a day. I can see she needs to go, but when I ask her she says no. At this point, if I try to get her to go, she begins screaming and crying and resisting. If I'm able to get her to the bathroom, she wets herself as I'm taking ...

December 21, 2014 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Local

SEB High alum brings home second national championship title

Knapp Boddiford, 19, a 2013 graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School, won his second national championship in two years during the 87th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29–Nov. 1, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was one of four national finalists that competed in the Diversified Crop Placement Proficiency category, and he received $1,000 for his win. Though now in college, Boddiford still affiliates and competes under the SEBHS FFA Chapter.

December 21, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local

The heart of Christmas is priceless

When I was about eight years old, I took great pride in decorating my bedroom for Christmas. We lived in a two-story home in the quaint community of Blythe, Georgia - population 708 - and my room was upstairs to the right and down the hallway. It had two windows that looked out onto the street, a small closet, a little white ceiling fan and pink carpet. I had a radio and cassette player that sat on my window seat. The seat was crafted by my late Great Uncle J.E., who was a cabinet maker. In early December, I would clean ...

December 21, 2014 | By REBEKAH FAULK Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials

Course leads GSU student to report rape

When a Georgia Southern University student was allegedly sexually assaulted in August, she didn't report it because she felt it was her fault, she told police.

December 21, 2014 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local

Falcons eliminate Saints 30-14, setting up Panthers showdown

NEW ORLEANS - Julio Jones' remarkable return kept the Falcons alive in the NFC South playoff race while Jimmy Graham's fumble at the goal line sank the Saints.

December 21, 2014 | By BRETT MARTEL Associated Press | Sports

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

CAIRNS, Australia - A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court.

December 21, 2014 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press | Associated Press

NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

NEW YORK - The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday.

December 21, 2014 | By TOM HAYS Associated Press | Associated Press

Photo gallery: Caribbean Christmas

Under the direction of Matt Olsen, Southeast Bulloch High School celebrates the holidays with four different ensembles performing a Caribbean-themed holiday program.

December 21, 2014 | By SCOTT BRYANT | Local

'Twas the week before Christmas...

...And all through the town, we proved that we have the most spirit around. Check out these pictures from the month's buildup to the big day!

December 21, 2014 | By SCOTT BRYANT | Life

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ECI earns shot at Class A football title

ATLANTA - Washaun Ealey ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns to lead Emanuel County Institute to a 35-14 win over Clinch County in the Class A state semifinals on Friday.

December 22, 2007 | The Associated Press | Sports

If I had a trillion dollars

Earlier this week, I was invited to witness the local American Legion Post #90 presenting Congressman John Barrow with over 5,800 signatures supporting Statesboro as a potential future site for a Veterans Administration community-based, outpatient clinic. It was great to see the community come together to work toward fulfilling promises made to our former soldiers.

December 22, 2007 | By PHIL BOYUM | Columnists

Murdoch installs new CEO, publisher at Dow Jones; son James takes on bigger role

NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch installed his own leadership team at Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. on Friday, a week before his acquisition of the company is expected to close. He also tapped his son James as heir apparent to his media empire News Corp.

December 22, 2007 | By SETH SUTEL AP Business Writer | Nation

Screven has big night at Metter

METTER - The Screven County Gamecocks (5-1, 1-0 Region 3-AA) lit up the Metter Tigers to the tune of 88-49 in the Friday's region opener for both schools.

December 22, 2007 | By MATT YOGUS | Sports

Skeptical Russia ignores Rice calls for new Iran sanctions

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday the United States would continue along a two-track strategy to deal with Iran, pressing for new sanctions and demanding Tehran come clean about its nuclear program while offering talks to sweeten the deal. But Russia ignored her calls to punish Iran.

December 22, 2007 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Nation

Former aide to ex-Rep. Weldon pleads guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud

WASHINGTON - The one-time top aide to former Rep. Curt Weldon pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement.

December 22, 2007 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press Writer | Nation

Police release first images of Omaha mall gunman; surveillance shots show teen raising gun

OMAHA, Neb. - In the first surveillance images released of a teenage gunman's shopping mall rampage, the shaggy-haired assailant can be seen raising an assault rifle to fire in front of a department store mannequin.

December 22, 2007 | By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press Writer | Nation

FMB AOTW: Ferguson aleader for SHS

Eric Ferguson has become Statesboro's go-to guy.

December 21, 2007 | From Staff Reports | Sports

Astrograph 12/06

Although your probabilities for success are stronger than usual in the year ahead, you must take care that you don't take on more than you can comfortably handle. Focus only on your most meaningful goals.

December 21, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

Congress drops legislation that would have expanded hate crimes laws to cover attacks on gays

WASHINGTON - Congress has dropped legislation that would have expanded hate crime laws to include attacks on gays after it became clear the measure wouldn't pass the House, aides said Thursday.

December 21, 2007 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Nation

Veto power could give Bush upper hand in budget fight with Democrats

WASHINGTON - Republicans in Congress are divided over how President Bush should play his strong hand in the rush to leave town before Christmas.

December 21, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Nation

Pakistani lawyers protest, ex-PM Sharif blocked from home of dismissed chief justice

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Thousands of lawyers boycotted courts across Pakistan on Thursday while police blocked former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his supporters from marching to the heavily guarded home of the deposed Supreme Court chief justice.

December 21, 2007 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Nation

Police: Gunman may have smuggled rifle into mall in a sweat shirt

OMAHA, Neb. - The teenage gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a department store may have smuggled an assault rifle into the mall underneath clothing, police said Thursday.

December 21, 2007 | By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer | Nation

Deal reached with mortgage industry for 5-year rate freeze

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of thousands of strapped homeowners could get some relief from a plan negotiated by the Bush administration to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages that are scheduled to rise in the coming months.

December 21, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation

Rice wins support from 2 key European allies for new sanctions against Iran

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won support Thursday on Iran from two key European allies, France and Germany, whose leaders urged continued pressure on Tehran because of its nuclear program, saying the country remains a danger.

December 21, 2007 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Nation

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