WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses - a dispute that, by May, could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of the largest bombing campaigns of the war destroyed extremists' ''defensive belts'' south of Baghdad, allowing American soldiers to push into areas where they have not been in years, a top commander said Friday.
(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.)
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities searched a neighborhood Friday for a shallow grave holding the body of a pregnant Marine, and said the main suspect in her death was a comrade she had accused of rape.
PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife lost a legal battle Friday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called her former husband ''cheap'' and a ''womanizer.''
WASHINGTON - The federal budget recorded a record surplus for December, but for the first three months of the budget year, the deficit is running significantly higher than the previous year.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bank of America said Friday it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, a deal that rescues the country's biggest mortgage lender and expands the financial services empire of the nation's largest consumer bank.
NEW YORK - Founded in the mid-19th century, the Young Men's Christian Association has expanded far beyond its name in the United States. It welcomes all faiths, half the 20.2 million people it serves are female, and more than half are adults.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It was every Republican for himself.
Fortunate circumstances are being ushered in that can make many of your personal goals a reality in the year ahead. Some major changes in your lifestyle will be in the offing as a result, but even if you can't see this right now, start planning for it anyway.
BALTIMORE - The revelation that the Army threw out the conviction of the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib scandal renewed outrage from human rights advocates who complained that not enough military and civilian leaders were held accountable for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
WASHINGTON - Some travelers may be vulnerable to identity theft after petitioning the government a year ago to have their names removed from lists that restrict them from flying.
SAN FRANCISCO - Personal property seized from the victims of a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo may contain evidence that they taunted the animal, provoking it to escape its pen, the city attorney's office argued in court documents.
DEAR DR. GOTT: olf season will begin again in Indiana in a few short months. We only have two smokers in our group of 20, but every day when we choose up teams, it seems like one of the smokers shares a cart with me.
DEAR ABBY: "Wilbur" and I have been together for 25 years, married for nine. During that time we have been through almost everything.
Eileen Mary Olliff
ATLANTA - R.J. Hunter ensured his legacy at Georgia State by hitting one of the most memorable shots in the NCAA tournament.
Bulloch County sheriff's investigators arrested a fugitive wanted on aggravated child molestation charges Friday after receiving a tip the man was in Statesboro.
Teepa Snow, a dementia-care education specialist and the founder of Positive Approach to Care techniques and training models, will be the keynote speaker Thursday at the Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's Conference at Georgia Southern University.
ATLANTA - In the midst of two losing seasons, the Atlanta Falcons tried to pump up the noise.
LAKELAND, Fla. - Despite some poor spring training outings, Alfredo Simon says he was never worried.
There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in a race car clear with every fearless move he made.
On March 27, 1990, Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley opened their first Zaxby's restaurant just 83 steps from where Statesboro's newest Zaxby's now sits.
CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.
Editor's note: Makayla Rankins, the author of this article, is a fifth-grade student at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School.
Q: Our 7-year-old is very shy. He doesn't enjoy the sort of social activities, including sports, that other kids his age are generally involved in and would rather play alone. He has one friend, who is also quite shy. His mother and I have conspired to arrange weekly play dates, but whereas the boys get along fine, both kids sometimes balk at cooperating with them. My son occasionally tells me he'd rather read or play alone than play with this other boy. When I ask why, he tells me he "just would." His school counselor has recommended that ...
NEW YORK - On Wednesday, HarperCollins unveiled the jacket art for Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," the unexpected follow-up to her classic "To Kill a Mockingbird."
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
Robert Lloyd, an eighth-grade student at Langston Chapel Middle School, was recently selected as one of the state's best student percussionists by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and received the honor of first chair in one of two middle school-level all-state bands.