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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America say they typically receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers or congregation members.
OAKMONT, Pa. - Tiger Woods flipped an iron toward his bag in disgust. As another tee shot sailed right, he grumbled ''Tiger!'' And when a putt that would be a gimme anywhere else rolled several feet past the hole, he stared at it, stunned.
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WASHINGTON - Former President Clinton made more than $10 million in paid speeches last year, according to new filings that show he and his presidential-candidate wife have at least $10 million in the bank, and may have closer to $50 million.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has a habit of wiping his nose with his hands. Sometimes he uses his shirt. I have asked him many times to stop, but he says he isn't hurting anybody and gets disgusted when I say anything. Please, do you have any suggestions?
DEAR ABBY: I feel compelled to comment about the letter from "Miffed Pro in South Carolina" (April 20), the professional photographer who complained about guests taking photographs at weddings.
In the year ahead, there could be an interesting development in the making for you. Someone who respects your abilities and talents might invite you to participate in a new endeavor or enterprise he or she is initiating.
FORT HOOD, Texas - The body of a soldier who was missing for four days after a solo navigation exercise was found in a brushy area within the Army post's training area, but exactly how he died is still under investigation, officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - More people than ever are driving alone to work as the nation's commuters balk at carpools and mass transit.
WASHINGTON - The House voted Wednesday to fix flaws in the national gun background check system that allowed the Virginia Tech shooter to buy guns despite his mental health problems.
Do you think bridge is an art, or a science?
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.
SPRINGFIELD - What began as a search for a missing Effingham County man Sunday ended with the man found safe, and then criminally charged, Tuesday night.
NEW YORK - David Wright ignited a tiebreaking rally in the seventh inning with a hustle double, Travis d'Arnaud gave Dillon Gee some cushion with a two-run drive later in the seventh and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Wednesday night for their first four-game winning streak in a year.
Youth travel baseball team Around the Horn 13AAA, won the USSSA Southeast State Championship held at Mill Creek Regional Park last week.
SAO PAULO - Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate.
WASHINGTON - NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."
RICHMOND, Va. - Aric Almirola waited two days to experience one of the highlights of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series.
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NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
Based on the responses I received to last week's column, it's clear that bullying is a real problem in our nation's offices.
WASHINGTON - By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them - tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.
SMITHFIELD, N.Y. - Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds rolled through central New York, killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and knocking out power to more than 70,000 utility customers, officials said Wednesday.
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NEW YORK - Rookie Jacob deGrom struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and also delivered a table-setting hit from the No. 8 spot in the batting order as the New York Mets tagged All-Star Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Tuesday night.
Georgia Southern basketball player Eric Ferguson has been suspended from the team indefinitely following a June 26 arrest.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children, an unlikely election-year move for a Republican in a conservative part of the country that is just beginning to warm up to medical marijuana in narrow circumstances.