DEARBORN, Mich. - Job cuts, slimmer losses in North America and good sales overseas helped Ford Motor Co. post surprise second-quarter earnings Thursday of $750 million, its first profitable quarter in two years.
DEAR DR. GOTT: In the bones of both my legs, I have what is called intermittent claudication. When I walk, it is real painful. Could you tell me if there is medicine for this and the cause of it?
DEAR ABBY: My mother is constantly calling me to say, "Did you just call me?" Anytime her phone rings and she can't get to it, she calls everyone she knows and asks that question. It is particularly irritating if I am in the middle of something that's difficult to put down when that's the only reason she called. Then she hurries on to the next person on her list to check.
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RICHMOND, Va. - While his Atlanta Falcons teammates reported to training camp without him, Michael Vick declared his innocence on federal dogfighting charges Thursday and said he looked forward to ''clearing my good name.''
ATLANTA - Close to 10 million turtles are traded each year in Asian food markets despite global efforts to stem the practice that many experts say is causing rapid extinction of some species of the shelled reptiles.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French epicure, gastronome, lawyer, politician and violinist who died in 1826, wrote, "The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star."
The "Help is Here Express" bus tour will be in Statesboro Saturday, stopping at the Statesboro Regional Library from 10-11 a.m. to assist uninsured residents find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.
SAN FRANCISCO - Rich Aurilia hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Noah Lowry held Atlanta scoreless after allowing a run in the first and the San Francisco Giants got a rare win with Barry Bonds out of the lineup, beating the Braves 2-1 Wednesday night.
NEW YORK - Wall Street suffered its biggest plunge of the year Thursday, leading global markets lower as investors fled stocks amid increasing uneasiness about the mortgage and corporate lending markets. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 430 points, while Treasury yields plunged as investors moved money into bonds.
BOSTON - The FBI helped frame four men for a 1965 murder and withheld information for decades that could have cleared them, a federal judge ruled Thursday in ordering the government to pay $101.7 million for the years they spent in prison.
SAN FRANCISCO - The closest Barry Bonds came to a home run was watching Jeff Francoeur's drive sail over his head into the left-field seats.
Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.
HOMERVILLE - The sheriff got a $23,485 patrol car, the tax assessor got a $2,407 computer and Homerville City Hall got its carpets cleaned for $665 - all with the stroke of a judge's pen.
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.