As you know, bridge is full of maxims like second hand low, third hand high, and cover an honor with an honor. These have two big snags: They are not right all that often, and they are intended almost entirely for the defenders. But inexperienced players incorrectly believe that they also apply when they are the declarer.
HOUSTON - A U.S. space agency official rejected suggestions Friday that the international space station might have to be abandoned at some point if a failed computer system operated by NASA's Russian partners couldn't be restored.
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MINNEAPOLIS - The day after his wife gave birth, Carlos Silva found his new son a welcomed distraction from the usual pitching jitters.
"Most of the time, it's game, game, game, game. Today, it was game, baby, baby, baby, baby," Silva said after throwing his second career shutout in Minnesota's 6-0 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
It's a tornado! It's a funnel cloud! No, it's "strong, straight-lined winds."
MONTREAT, N.C. - Ruth Graham, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world's most renowned evangelist, died Thursday. She was 87.
Graham died at 5:05 p.m. at her home at Little Piney Cove, surrounded by her husband and all five of their children, said a statement released by Larry Ross, Billy Graham's spokesman.
A report issued recently by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) estimates that American elementary and secondary schools will need 280,000 new science and math teachers between now and 2015. A recent government-commissioned study concluded that the United States' advantage in science and technology has begun to disappear because fewer people are choosing college majors in these areas.
GHENT, N.Y. - It's not in Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation, but there are some upsides to global warming.
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee and I are being married in September. Last December I asked a longtime friend, "Mitch," to be a groomsman. We have been close ever since we met in middle school 20 years ago. Mitch and I were still close until about three years ago, when he married and moved out of state. (I was in his wedding party and attended his rehearsal dinner.)
You are likely to experience a marked improvement where your work or career is concerned. In many ways, the pride of accomplishment will prove to be even greater than the gold you'll receive.
NEW YORK - As the huge baby boomer generation surges toward retirement age, an unsettling issue grows ever more pressing: finding the work force to tend to the millions of boomers who will someday need ongoing care because of physical and mental frailties.
DANANG, Vietnam - More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.
ATLANTA - Georgia Aquarium officials say it may be months before they know what caused Wednesday's death of another whale shark, the second this year at the only facility outside Asia that displays the huge, rare fish.
It is fine to employ whiz-bang bidding systems with loads of conventions. True, if you can remember all of the calls and use them at the right moments, your bidding will be more accurate. But sometimes a pretty method helps the defense more than the declaring side - as in this deal.
HOUSTON - Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and supply of oxygen and water have failed, potentially extending the space shuttle's mission _ or cutting it short.
Perhaps it is to be expected in an industry noted for its legacy businesses, but whether their companies consist of a single publication or dozens of media enterprises, families are dominant forces in newspapers.
A fire in a control room at Statesboro's Lowe's Monday closed the store for the day. Calls to Lowes were redirected to the Lowe's store in Rincon, where a spokesman said the Statesboro store is expected to reopen Tuesday.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck takes what he calls a lawyerly approach to talking about his involvement with the College Football Playoff selection committee.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR Chairman Brian France has always been very clear about the action he wants to see in races.
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Question: I may be just imagining this, but are the colors of my flowers and rose blooms brighter and richer in the fall? They seem to be.
Q: My 7-year-old son does well in school and sports and has a good number of friends. However, he often allows himself to be intimidated by other boys. He is a rule-follower and is more worried about getting in trouble than defending himself. I worry that other boys will see him as easy to pick on. Occasionally, he complains about how other boys treat him. What words can I use with him to explain how to be confident in himself and his athletic abilities, and not allow himself to be intimidated by other boys?
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - The first thing you encounter at a new contemporary art show at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the "Mom Booth," where a woman in an apron sits at a table.
In her September 2012 wedding picture, available online, Brittany Maynard looks young, vibrant and happy, as she also does in a candid shot relaxing at her home in San Francisco with Charley, her dog.
Portal's annual time to shine, which rolls around the first Saturday of October, celebrates the town's rich agricultural heritage.
Eclipses are slow. Which means there is plenty of time to notice the dew on my feet and the armadillo hole I may or may not be standing in, to hear a strange choral performance by the frogs in the branch that sounds like a rustling of the feathers of a giant flock of geese, to get just a little impatient and start staring at the stars instead, making up my own constellations.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crenshaw of Conyers, Georgia, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Marie Crenshaw, to Larry Joe Sconyers Jr., son of Frank and Eileen Smith and the late Larry Joe Sconyers Sr., all of Statesboro.
DALLAS - A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday.
MECHANIC FALLS, Maine - A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No Todd Gurley? No problem for Georgia.