MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - When Laura Gernell heard about a place where people gave away perfectly good things to strangers - no money changing hands, no questions asked - she figured it was too good to be true.
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush tried Saturday to assure many families that he knows they are struggling to pay bills, even as he again defended the economy's strength.
CHICAGO - Family members arranged a meeting at an undisclosed location between investigators and a married woman from Illinois whose disappearance on Christmas Eve prompted a costly search.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An 8-year-old girl who was taken from an American couple and returned to her Chinese parents after a seven-year custody fight faces another big adjustment - moving to China.
Ms. Sandra Mosley Kirkland of Statesboro announces the engagement of her daughter, Rashanna Monique Kirkland to Kevin Earl Henderson, both residents of Charlotte, N.C. Kevin is the son of Bobby E. and Lavonia (Bonnie) Henderson of Welcome, N.C.
Novelist and poet Judith Viorst claimed: "Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands, and then to eat just one of the pieces."
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Shoddy materials, illegal construction and a culture of corruption were blamed Saturday for the deaths of more than three dozen people buried when a 12-story apartment building crumbled to the ground.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has pitched Pakistan into a political freefall and raised fears that increasingly bitter divisions in the society are turning the country into another Iraq.
WASHINGTON - The United States should redeploy troops from Iraq, allowing the military to focus on terrorist threats in Pakistan and Afghanistan, New York Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand said Saturday.
HUANGTUPO VILLAGE, China - Wang Zhushu rarely sleeps at night. Instead, the 61-year-old retiree paces, listening to the drone of passing ships that shake the walls of her house on the banks of the Yangtze River.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - An Islamic militant group said Saturday it had no link to Benazir Bhutto's killing and the opposition leader's aides accused the government of a cover-up, disputing the official account of her death.
CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and promised to expand the terror group's holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday, threatening ''blood for blood, destruction for destruction.''
DEAR DR. GOTT: As a retired pharmacist, I would like to pass along a remedy for those who faithfully read your column.
DEAR ABBY: I was having lunch in a restaurant recently. Seated next to us was a family who had an assistance dog for their teenage son. I was appalled when someone from another table approached the dog, began talking baby talk to it (while ignoring the people!) and dropped a scrap of meat on the floor in front of the dog's nose.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.
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SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon Finnegan passed his biggest test yet.
Statesboro entered Friday night's game on a two-game winning streak, but the top-ranked Gators from Ware County brought it to a screeching halt.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Russell Henley has a reminder on his phone that goes off every day at noon to tell him he's the best putter in the world. He didn't need one Friday in the McGladrey Classic.
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh can bring the jumbled ACC Coastal Division into slightly better focus on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Or the Yellow Jackets can snap a two-game losing streak and turn an already murky division race into something borderline unrecognizable.
For now, the Bulloch County Schools probably won't become a "charter system," in which every school becomes self-governing and sets its own student achievement goals.
MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Democrat Michelle Nunn of Georgia has made her willingness to work with Republicans a central theme as she campaigns across the state for a key seat in the fight for control of the Senate.
A Statesboro man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for soliciting child pornography images over the Internet, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia announced Friday.
BROOKLET - It's safe to say that the rough start for Southeast Bulloch is all but forgotten.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - NASCAR's new championship format came with fan-friendly brackets that likely had fans advancing Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. deep into the playoffs.
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The Statesboro Blue Devils are coming off a pair of wins that have given them a spark after an 0-5 start to the season.
PORTAL - The road doesn't get any easier for the Portal Panthers tonight as they face their sixth consecutive opponent that will likely make the Class A state playoff field in November.
Bulloch Academy will have to find a way to derail the 'Payne Train' tonight when they face Trinity Christian School in a key GISA Region 2-AAA matchup at Cleve Warnock Stadium in Dublin.