NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday angrily denounced reports of an investigation into his 2004 presidential bid and suggested that federal authorities were retaliating against him for his civil rights advocacy.
MOSCOW - Russia and Iran reached agreement Thursday on a schedule for finishing construction of a nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortar rounds slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday and gunbattles erupted across the city, killing 17 people hours after a government official said radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.
ALGIERS, Algeria - Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official said Thursday.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf will lift Pakistan's state of emergency only after changing the constitution to ensure he cannot be hauled before a court, a senior official said Thursday, as lawyers held more protests against the retired general.
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday began two days of talks with allied defense and diplomatic officials on how to re-energize and reinforce NATO efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the radical Taliban insurgency has managed to increase its attacks in recent months.
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WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.
OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.
NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.
LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old man was arrested in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six young people, police said, and authorities were searching Thursday for a second suspect.
COLUMBIA, Conn. - A deadly winter storm brought snow and sleet to the Northeast on Thursday, while crews in the Plains and Midwest worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark in its ice-coated wake.
WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.
Georgia Southern University renewed an agreement with Coca-Cola Co. that allows the world's top beverage company to be the exclusive beverage provider on campus for the next 10 years.
LOS ANGELES - Alex Wood gave up just one run, Justin Upton tied the game in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves still lost their second straight.
The NCAA has made things a lot easier for a first-year head football coach to install his system.
Just two days before the new school year starts for students, Bulloch County held open houses throughout the district, introducing parents and students to new grades, new teachers and even some new principals.
Metter Police Chief Dennis Nelson was sworn in as the new third vice president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police on Tuesday.
The August First Friday event happens to coincide with the first day of school for Bulloch County public school students this year.
BROOKLET - As fall practices begin throughout the state, few schools carry over as much momentum as the Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch.
Students around the state are ready to get back to school, but 16 teams from around south Georgia are already on the softball diamond as Bulloch Academy hosted the first day of the third annual Miriam Burnette Memorial "Striking out Alzheimer's" tournament Wednesday on the grounds of Georgia Southern University.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league.
AKRON, Ohio - Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.
WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
Statesboro Christian Bookstore will close for the last time Saturday.
LOS ANGELES - Tommy La Stella put together his second straight three-hit game and fourth since making his major league debut in late May. Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, too. Their offense just wasn't enough to keep Atlanta's winning streak going.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is expanding his leadership role to include teaching young players and other newcomers in his seventh training camp with the Falcons.