WASHINGTON - Worsening problems in the housing, credit and financial markets drove the Federal Reserve to do an about-face in December and slice its key interest rate yet again with the hope it would help bolster an economy that was losing speed, according to meeting minutes made public Wednesday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest was arrested on perjury charges Wednesday, accused of lying about his relationship with a mobster in testimony to a grand jury investigating a casino owner's possible ties to organized crime.
WASHINGTON - Construction spending edged up slightly in November as a continued steep slump in housing was offset by record spending on government and business projects. But a key gauge of manufacturing activity fell in December to the lowest point in almost five years.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and authorities pushed back elections until Feb. 18 - a delay prompted by the rioting that followed her death.
HUDA, Iraq - Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there are few desks - and even fewer chairs - in the village school's dark, cold classrooms.
NAIROBI, Kenya - International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders Wednesday to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church.
PARIS - What's that nice smell? For drinkers and diners in France on Wednesday, the answer was fresh air.
ALGIERS, Algeria - A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing at least four officers and ripping off the building's facade, witnesses said. An Arab broadcaster reported that an al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.
VICTORIA, Texas - A charter bus veered off a highway early Wednesday and flipped onto its side, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of other people, at least nine critically, authorities said.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. general in charge of NATO's Afghanistan mission said Wednesday he expects another year of ''explosive growth'' in the country's poppy fields, a harvest militants will turn into weapons for use against Afghan and NATO troops.
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey could become the first Northern state to apologize for slavery under a measure due for a legislative committee hearing this week.
WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press.
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One of the more popular shows currently on the small screen is "American Pickers," starring business partners Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. They travel the country in their large van, searching through barns, back yards - literally anywhere they can find old pieces of what most would call junk but that they think they can sell in their two Antique Archaeology stores. I could be wrong, but it seems a safe bet that neither Mike nor Frank got very excited as kids about Christmas or birthday parties, as both normally include gifts that are new rather than old.
Fireworks and sparkling grape juice, off-key "Auld Lang Syne" tunes, a large falling ball, horns and hugs and kisses ushered in a new year. Do you have dreams and hopes for 2015? Whatever your plans for the new year, make family and loved ones a priority with lots of special time and celebrations to treasure for much longer than 365 days.
PORTAL - Woodville-Tompkins out of Savannah is the lone new addition to Region 3-A this season.
ALAMO - The Claxton Tigers earned a pair of wins on Saturday at Wheeler County.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton finally has his first ever playoff victory - with a big assist from his defense.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Treon Harris threw an 86-yard scoring pass to Ahmad Fulwood and Vernon Hargreaves III intercepted a pass in the end zone late to preserve Florida's 28-20 victory over East Carolina on Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl.
Midway through the first College Football Playoff, one thing really stands out.
Amid allegations, speculations, and opinions whirling around regarding both the journalistic reporting of the alleged University of Virginia rape and the accuracy of the alleged rape itself, it's important to note how this national news story can shape our knowledge about sexual violence.
As the pastor who initiated the presentation of the manger scene I have special interest in the response from the community and would like to add a few insights to the conversation.
After more than 11 years of being delivered every Sunday inside the Statesboro Herald, Parade Magazine has decided to no longer make its publication available to the Herald and hundreds of other small newspapers around the nation. The issue inserted last Sunday - Dec. 28, 2014 - will be the final Parade inserted in the Herald.
The Bulloch County Historical Society will launch an ambitious Corporate Membership Drive early in January, under the leadership of William I. Griffis, according to Joe McGlamery, president of the Historical Society.
You're getting out of the shower early in the morning when the door opens. Standing there, staring blankly back at you, is your kid. He or she has just caught a glimpse of your naked adult body. You spring into action, help your kid out of the bathroom and then return to drying off and redressing.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? A thinker or a feeler? A cat person or a dog person?
MEXICO CITY - Searchers on Friday found the body of an American man who had been missing in the rugged mountains in central Mexico since going on a hike four days ago.
EDDYVILLE, Ky. - A 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in Kentucky that killed her parents and two other family members has been released from the hospital, an official said Saturday.