WASHINGTON - Worsening problems in the housing, credit and financial markets drove the Federal Reserve to do an about-face in December and slice its key interest rate yet again with the hope it would help bolster an economy that was losing speed, according to meeting minutes made public Wednesday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest was arrested on perjury charges Wednesday, accused of lying about his relationship with a mobster in testimony to a grand jury investigating a casino owner's possible ties to organized crime.
WASHINGTON - Construction spending edged up slightly in November as a continued steep slump in housing was offset by record spending on government and business projects. But a key gauge of manufacturing activity fell in December to the lowest point in almost five years.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and authorities pushed back elections until Feb. 18 - a delay prompted by the rioting that followed her death.
HUDA, Iraq - Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there are few desks - and even fewer chairs - in the village school's dark, cold classrooms.
NAIROBI, Kenya - International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders Wednesday to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church.
PARIS - What's that nice smell? For drinkers and diners in France on Wednesday, the answer was fresh air.
ALGIERS, Algeria - A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing at least four officers and ripping off the building's facade, witnesses said. An Arab broadcaster reported that an al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.
VICTORIA, Texas - A charter bus veered off a highway early Wednesday and flipped onto its side, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of other people, at least nine critically, authorities said.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. general in charge of NATO's Afghanistan mission said Wednesday he expects another year of ''explosive growth'' in the country's poppy fields, a harvest militants will turn into weapons for use against Afghan and NATO troops.
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey could become the first Northern state to apologize for slavery under a measure due for a legislative committee hearing this week.
WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press.
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In the time gap between the end of spring and the beginning of fall hunting seasons, there is a unique outdoor activity for lovers of archery. Let me offer up the idea of bow fishing. This is a sport that combines the skill of archery with the enjoyment of fishing.
NEW YORK - Wilting in high heat and humidity, Eugenie Bouchard became the latest top woman to lose at the U.S. Open, ending her streak of making the semifinals at each Grand Slam tournament this year.
ATLANTA - With their playoff hopes uncertain, Atlanta's struggling batters picked a bad time to get no-hit by Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia relievers.
After the last two weekends, all four Bulloch County teams have now played a game on the regular season schedule, including Bulloch Academy playing a pair.
NORTON, Mass. - Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.
Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it's not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002.
TUSCALOOSA - The Alabama quarterback competition continues, even though the opener was all Blake Sims.
SAVANNAH - Medient Studios promised to bring 1,000 jobs and a taste of Hollywood glamor to the middlebrow suburbs of Effingham County last summer, when the company broke ground on a $90 million movie-production campus west of Savannah.
Stereotypically in the South, if you hear someone refer to a man as "Bubba," you immediately have visions of "Larry the Cable Guy" and banjo music. Thanks to a new generation of southern Bubbas, that perception is changing.
A 23-year-old Statesboro man is in jail after a violent beating early Sunday morning left a male victim with multiple broken bones and contusions, according to a news release issued Monday by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
BIDDEFORD, Maine - A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.
WASHINGTON - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question.
Thousands of years ago, our cavemen ancestors were responsible for defending their families against cave lions who wanted to eat their wives and children for dinner. Not only that, but our cavemen ancestors also had to hunt day and night with primitive weapons to find enough food in order to keep their wives and children from starvation.
Mrs. James Richard Dunstan is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Margaret Durant Dunstan, to Mr. Christopher James Newland, son of Mrs. Joanne Smith Newland.
Edward and Paige Sutcliff of Statesboro are happy to announce the wedding of their son, Joshua Sutcliff, to Autry Gibson, daughter of Cameron and Janice Gibson of Las Cruces, New Mexico.