In 1840, black Baptists formed the "American Baptist Missionary Convention", under the leadership of Rev. William Simmons. In addition, the "Western Colored Baptist Convention" was formed in 1853 by churches in Illinois and Missouri. It later re-organized to become the "Northwestern and Southern Baptist Convention".
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush on Saturday signed legislation that extends a popular children's health insurance program after twice vetoing attempts to expand it.
Today is Saturday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2007. There are two days left in the year.
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.
Sunday evening, the United States Women's National Soccer Team will be gunning for its first World Cup championship since 1999. The Americans will also be out for a bit of revenge as they face Japan, which denied them the world title four years ago in the championship game.
Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.
ATLANTA - Juan Uribe hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning, Julio Teheran delivered another strong home start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night.
Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore was elected to the board of directors of the Georgia Municipal Association during the GMA's annual meeting in Savannah June 28.
KATONAH, N.Y. - The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember - Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.
CHICAGO - For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?
WASHINGTON - Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be.
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ATLANTA - Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
LONDON - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand - and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago.
GENEVA - The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body.
MANCHESTER, England - England's national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.