WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.
Most deals feature standard card-play techniques: count winners, count losers, establish tricks, gain trump tricks by ruffing, and so on. But the deals that sort the women out from the girls are those requiring more specialized handling. Englishman David Bird has put a good selection of these into "Off-Road Declarer Play" (Master Point Press).
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.
SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of breast cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - At Appalachian State, it's called ''The Game For The Ages.'' Fans wanting a way to commemorate the Mountaineers' shocking upset of Michigan can get limited edition artwork, travel mugs, posters and T-shirts.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's new president reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. charges that a suitcase full of Venezuelan cash seized by customs was intended to finance her campaign, calling it an example of ''garbage in international politics.''
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates, which had been sliding, went up this week, disappointing news to would-be home buyers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Hispanics say the immigration debate and Congress' failure to overhaul immigration laws has hurt them, and many fear deportation for themselves, a relative or close friend, a poll showed Thursday.
NEW YORK - Ricky Santos capped one of the most prolific college careers a quarterback has ever had with an All-America season.
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials on Wednesday suggested that any past nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria would not scuttle nuclear disarmament talks with Pyongyang, provided the Asian country proves no cooperation is happening now.
PORTLAND, Ore. - A highway blocked by a landslide had been cleared of a soupy mixture of gravel, mud and trees Wednesday but it remained closed because water was still rushing across the pavement.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirates freed a Japanese tanker and its 22 crew members apparently unharmed off the Somali coast Wednesday, a U.S. Navy spokesman said. A man who claimed he was one of the pirates said a ransom was paid for the release.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb attack killed one of Lebanon's top generals and his driver on Wednesday, putting even more pressure on the country's delicate political situation.
ROME - Italy's truck drivers agreed Wednesday to call off a protest that has blocked highways for three days, causing shortages of gasoline, medicines and perishable foods across Italy, government officials said.
ATHENS, Greece - Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed central Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday as a general strike to protest government plans to reform the country's debt-ridden pension system brought Greece to a standstill.
The Bulloch County Board of Education is rolling back its millage rate 1 percent to avoid what would have to be announced as an increase in property taxes. Even so, total revenue and local revenue to the schools still will increase compared to last year's.
As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson addressed the hardships the system has faced in the past months but remained positive the district will overcome them.
MEDIA, Pa. - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.
ATLANTA - This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour.
At times, I enjoy the computer because there is so much information accessible at the touch of a button. I remember asking a student to type in the word cuneiform to see what she could find. She said, "It seems to be some kind of language, Mesopotamian or something, printed on a clay tablet. So what's the big deal?"
While vacationing in Helen, Georgia, with her grandparents and cousins during the Fourth of July weekend, 12-year-old Emily Root stepped on what she believed was a fish.
DARBY, Pa. - Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.
WUXI VILLAGE, China - The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.
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ATLANTA - Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday.
On Tuesday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at the Sun Belt Football Media Day, SBC commissioner Karl Benson expressed his support for a recent proposal that would change the NCAA Division-I landscape.
DALLAS - Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White on the eve of training camp on Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS - Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done.
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.