BAGHDAD - Hundreds of thousands of Shiites marched to a gold-domed mosque in harsh heat and sun Thursday in a pilgrimage of devotion to an 8th century saint that also starkly demonstrated their political power.
NEW YORK - The back-to-school shopping season had a disappointing start in July as consumers rattled by a weakening housing market and other financial pressures stayed away from stores and malls.
HOUSTON - Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan was spending her first full day in space Thursday helping her fellow crew members inspect the shuttle Endeavour for damage as they zoomed toward the international space station.
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages sank this week to their lowest point in two months, a dose of good news for people thinking about buying a home.
NEW DELHI - Relief workers reaching flooded villages in northern India reported new deaths Thursday from two weeks of monsoon rains, pushing the toll in South Asia to more than 500. In Bangladesh, villagers waded through chin-deep water, with one man carrying a monkey to safety on his head.
DEAR ABBY: Fourteen years ago, when my daughter was 4, my older sister, "Jennifer," was visiting. She was conversing with people at my dinner table, and my 4-year-old daughter was seated next to her. Jennifer was swearing and using vulgar language. (When I was younger, we could never even say "jeez" in front of Jennifer's children.)
WASHINGTON - President Bush struck a reassuring tone Wednesday about recent turbulence on Wall Street, saying he believes the markets will work their way through the turmoil safely and achieve a ''soft landing.''
Instructive points arise with high frequency at bridge tables around the world. It is just that sometimes these points are easier to see in carefully constructed deals.
SAVANNAH - A lawyer for Chris Rock said Monday that a court-ordered DNA test proved Rock is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue the comedian for paternity earlier this year.
The year ahead might not be measured in ordinary terms. A number of fortunate occurrences could be in the offing that will be responsible for opening new doors to good things that are happening - with you in the middle.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 72-year-old male and have just noticed the beginnings of varicose veins on both sides of my right leg below the knee. Is there anything that can be done to halt (or even reverse) their progress and spread? And will varicose veins contribute to or cause other health problems, such as high blood pressure, poor circulation, etc.?
HUNTINGTON, Utah - Crews hoping to get food and air to six coal miners drilled to within about 1,000 feet of the trapped men Wednesday, and hoped to reach them in two days, one of the mine's owners said.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With good weather forecast for launch time, NASA fueled space shuttle Endeavour in preparation for a Wednesday evening liftoff and the climax of a two-decade wait for teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan.
WASHINGTON - President Bush will propose tens of millions of dollars in assistance to Mexico to fight drug trafficking and violence that has ravaged the country and threatens to spill over into the U.S., a Texas congressman said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - Surprising fossils dug up in Africa are creating messy kinks in the iconic straight line of human evolution with its knuckle-dragging ape and briefcase-carrying man.
Martin L. "Bo" Dean Sr.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings, and Chicago's Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1, in an elimination game in the Little League World Series on Tuesday night.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
With 10 days remaining until Georgia Southern kicks off its first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the team feels ready - as ready as it can be.
PORTAL - To a man, there might not be a football program in Georgia that asks more of its players than the Portal Panthers.
GUYTON - For the first time in its program's young history, the Statesboro volleyball team beat South Effingham. The Lady Blue Devils won 15-25, 25-16, 25-20 to reach the milestone on the road.
The opening day of dove season is September 6, and having a go at these gray rockets is the overwhelming favorite of wing shooters all over Georgia.
ATLANTA - As coach Trent Miles sees it, the Georgia State Panthers have nowhere to go but up this year.
A prayer vigil will be held in honor of the late Eric Alexander Reese on behalf of his family, friends and the Bulloch County Community on Thursday at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church located at 102 Peachtree St., off of Johnson Street in Statesboro.
RALEIGH, N.C. - NAACP leaders from a half-dozen states pledged Tuesday to bring protests against conservative public policy to each of their state capitols during a week of demonstrations this month.
A 38-year-old man who cut his father, then left Bulloch County with his wife and children after threatening to kill the children and himself, has been arrested in North Carolina, authorities said.
Darley Insurance Agency, Inc. was founded in 1963 by Fred B. Darley. Fred's son, Bryan Darley, joined the firm in 1977. Bryan continues to operate the business today in its original location at 6 East Vine Street in Downtown Statesboro. (Adjacent to the Statesboro Farmers Market)
Mrs. Annie Laura Lee Collins
PITTSBURGH - Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons homered to begin a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.