Week in review



mideast: Israeli troops celebrated as they pulled out of the Gaza Strip amid a fragile cease-fire. Hamas declared its own cease-fire 12 hours after Israel's, and the calm allowed residents of Gaza to search the rubble for lost loved ones.

PLANE CRASH: Tugboats pulled the Airbus A320 that crash-landed in the Hudson River to New Jersey to allow investigators to assess the damage. New details were released showing the plane's engines lost power simultaneously.

NFL: Augusta native Ken Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to a 32-25 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, securing a spot in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


GUANTANAMO BAY: Two alleged orchestrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks casually declared their guilt in the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court.

WASHINGTON: In his final acts of clemency, President Bush granted early prison releases to two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer fueled a national debate over illegal immigration.

WORLD: Russia and Ukraine pledged to restore natural gas supplies to Europe after signing deals to end a dispute that led to a two-week cutoff of shipments.

HEALTH: Researchers say they found an "alarming" increase in children's ear, nose and throat infections nationwide caused by drug-resistant staph germs.

ECONOMY: The British government swooped in to boost its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland to almost 70 percent and offered to insure banks against large-scale losses.


WASHINGTON: Hours after Barack Obama became president, the Senate approved six members of his Cabinet with a single voice vote: Steven Chu, energy secretary; Arne Duncan, education secretary; Janet Napolitano, homeland security secretary; Eric Shinseki, veterans affairs secretary; Ken Salazar, interior secretary; and Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary.

WASHINGTON: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was hospitalized after suffering a seizure at a post-inauguration luncheon but quickly reported feeling well.

ROADS: Georgia's Transportation Department and a major road contractor will pay $176,000 in fines to settle environmental violations that caused silt to flow into Crane Creek during construction along Interstate 20.

WALL STREET: Financial stocks, many of them falling by double-digit percentages, led a huge drop on Wall Street that left the major indexes down more than 4 percent and the Dow Jones down 332 points.

afghanistan: The Afghan government has sent NATO headquarters a draft agreement that would give Afghanistan more control over future NATO deployments in the country -- including the positioning of some U.S. troops, officials said.


AUGUSTA: The Augusta Housing Authority is seeking permission from federal authorities to rid the city of a second public housing project, Underwood Homes, as part of a strategy to break up warehoused poverty and integrate the poor into middle-class neighborhoods.

SRS: Federal auditors highlighted a series of accounting deficiencies with Savannah River Site's former management contractor, Washington Savannah River Co., and laid part of the blame on U.S. Department of Energy managers who were supposed to help monitor the company.

Georgia: Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 would eliminate $30 million for school nurses. Mr. Perdue also said Georgia doesn't have enough cash to continue funding property tax relief grants that average $200 to $300 per household.

recall: More than 125 products have been recalled in a salmonella-and-peanuts investigation that keeps getting bigger, federal health officials said.


WASHINGTON: Breaking forcefully with Bush anti-terrorism policies, President Obama ordered major changes he said would halt the torture of suspects, close the Guantanamo bay detention center and ban secret CIA prisons overseas.

BUSINESS: Microsoft, one of the world's richest companies, announced the first mass layoffs in its 34-year history, cutting 5,000 jobs as demand for personal computers falls.

Augusta Commission: An increase in bus fares from $1 to $1.25 and an increase in transfers from 35 to 50 cents was approved. Saturday bus service was left intact against the recommendation of Augusta Public Transit Director Heyward Johnson.

HEALTH: University Hospital came through a tough financial year about $8 million below what it wanted to earn, officials said.

Economy: Beset by the nation's third-highest jobless rate -- 8.4 percent -- officials in South Carolina warned that the state unemployment system is going broke yet again because of an unprecedented number of people out of work.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led all films with 13 Academy Award nominations.


METRO: The director of Harlem's Department of Public Safety resigned after authorities say he was caught shoplifting from Wal-Mart. Jerry Baldwin tried to leave the store Thursday with less than $13 worth of items concealed in his pocket.

METRO: A 26-year-old robbery suspect was killed during a shootout at a convenience store with Aiken County sheriff's officers, leaving one deputy injured.

NATION: New York Gov. David Paterson picked Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand as Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate successor, sparking criticism from some over Ms. Gillibrand's staunch pro-gun stance.