BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament voted Saturday to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to reclaim government jobs and said others could receive pensions but could not return to work. President Bush said the legislation was ''an important step toward reconciliation.''
PHOENIX - A woman leaving an eyeglass store is grabbed in the parking lot by four men who force her, kicking and screaming, into a pickup truck. The kidnappers demand a $900,000 ransom.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah trooper who used a stun gun on a motorist who was walking away from him in a confrontation widely viewed on YouTube is back on duty after taking a verbal communications course.
PHILADELPHIA - An Egyptian who fears he will be tortured for his Christian beliefs cannot be deported without full court review just to further U.S. diplomatic goals, a federal judge has determined.
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday, citing his message of hope in supporting his candidacy over rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards.
BAGHDAD - The flakes melted quickly. But the smiles, wonder and excited story-swapping went on throughout the day: It snowed in Baghdad.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The deeper astronomers gaze into the cosmos, the more they find it's a bizarre and violent universe.
JERUSALEM - President Bush had tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial Friday and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing, the memorial's chairman said.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The former Indonesian dictator Suharto suffered organ failure Friday and was placed on a ventilator, losing consciousness as his family rushed to his bedside, some praying and reciting verses from the Quran.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Despite the growing threat from Islamic extremists, President Pervez Musharraf said U.S. troops are not welcome to join the fight against al-Qaida on Pakistani soil.
KUINET, Kenya - When world marathon champion Luke Kibet goes running, he likes to focus on finishing first. But on one run during Kenya's postelection upheaval, the 25-year-old star had something else on his mind: staying alive.
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez defended Colombia's leftist rebels on Friday, urging the international community to remove them from lists of terrorist groups a day after securing the release of two women held hostage by the insurgents.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A police anti-drug raid in one of Rio de Janeiro's largest shantytowns set off fierce gunbattles that left at least seven people dead, including a 3-year-old boy caught in the crossfire, officials said Friday.
NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged again Friday amid renewed fears that the financial sector's troubles with bad credit won't soon end and that some consumers are buckling under signs of a slowing economy. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 300 points in the last hour of the session before regaining a little ground.
KIEV, Ukraine - Thousands of Ukrainians streamed to state bank offices Friday to get compensation for savings lost in the 1991 Soviet breakup - a promise of new Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that some analysts caution could hurt the economy.
A Brooklet farmer has been named Bulloch County's 2014 Conservationist of the Year by the bankers and supervisors of the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District.
Valentine's Day is Saturday, and many businesses have offered ways to please your significant other for weeks now. But one group of merchandisers experiences a rush around Feb. 14 unlike other trades - the floral business.
"There are two people in your life, your mother and your sweetie, that must be taken very good care of, and there is no better holiday to do this than Valentine's Day," said John Hatcher, co-owner of the Hen House in the Statesboro Mall.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be a Georgia Power Co. representative, be careful about following that person's directions, police say.
A Metter man was killed in a house fire Sunday, and state fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Anderson of Statesboro are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Callaway Kristen Anderson, to Judd Dewayne Skinner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Skinner of Statesboro.
Mr. and Mrs. Trey Denton of Statesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly, to Mr. Kyle Koch, son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Koch of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard and Marie (Cutler) Gawthrop of Statesboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 30 with family at Meinhardt Vineyards & Winery. The couple was married on February 6, 1965, in Flint, Michigan. They have two children, Greg Gawthrop and Justin Gawthrop, both of Statesboro; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The couple has moved many times throughout their 50 years of marriage. They have lived in Michigan, California and Wyoming, but are currently surrounded by their family here in Statesboro. They just returned from a 50th-year anniversary celebration, where they enjoyed a three-week cruise to New Zealand and ...
First, a full disclosure: I have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, whooping cough, smallpox and shingles and have had none of these maladies. At one time or another, my wife received all of these same vaccinations. Our kids were both immunized, and they have chosen to have their kids immunized. None of us has ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccination.
Clothing stores normally display new fashions well ahead of the season. Stores here in Statesboro have had spring fashions out for several weeks, even though spring is several weeks away. An iron-clad rule for merchandisers is to "get the jump" on the buying seasons. In a spiritual context, Christians should be interested in "getting the jump" on sin, being prepared for temptation when it comes. This can be done if we'll apply some basic principles.
Question: What is the correct way to pronounce "pecan"? My wife says she pronounces it the Southern way. I disagreed and we got into an argument. ...
SAVANNAH - Dodie Sanders and her student volunteers never came back empty handed whenever she led them to the beach to clean up trash, sometimes filling as many as five waste bags with plastic bottles, wrappers and other garbage.
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Police say they have identified the gunman who took his own life after killing four people and injuring two in a quiet neighborhood near Atlanta.
I want to believe the groundhog.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)