WASHINGTON (AP) - The housing market plunged deeper into despair last month, with sales of new homes plummeting to their lowest level in more than 12 years.
BAGHDAD - A car bomb detonated in a busy Baghdad market on Friday, police and hospital officials said, killing at least 14 people and ending what had been a relatively quiet holiday period in the Iraqi capital.
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush plans to veto a sweeping defense policy bill on grounds that language exposing the Iraqi government to damage suits stemming from the Saddam Hussein era would derail Baghdad's efforts to rebuild the country.
PARIS - Miss France 2008 will keep her crown, despite racy photos that appeared recently in a gossip magazine, but will not compete in the Miss World or Miss Universe pageants.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Georgia Southern men's basketball team shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half and led by as many as 18 points in the final minutes to cruise to a 78-69 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night at the American Bank Center.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - John Kerr wasn't dreaming of palm trees and balmy winters when he retired from WGBH, the Boston public TV station known for producing such hits as ''Antiques Roadshow.'' His thoughts had gone West.
NEW YORK - Martin Tankleff walked out of court a free man for the first time in the 17 years since he was convicted of murdering his parents. But his next step was less clear.
The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor's living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches.
Keep Bulloch Beautiful and Anderson's General Store want to "chip" in and help you get your house back in order after the holidays.
SEATTLE - A woman and her boyfriend were charged Friday with aggravated first-degree murder in the methodical Christmas Eve shootings of her parents, her brother, his wife and their two young children.
PARIS - From next week, one of France's most iconic institutions - the smoky cafe - will be but a hazy memory.
BAGHDAD - Shiite taxi driver Aly Kaabi used to fear for his life each time his Mercedes needed a spare part. The place to seek replacements was a Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood ruled at the time by militants from al-Qaida in Iraq.
JERUSALEM - Two off-duty Israeli soldiers hiking in the West Bank were killed Friday by Palestinian gunmen but before they died, they managed to fire at their assailants and kill one of them, according to the military and a woman who was with the hikers but escaped unharmed.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2007. There are four days left in the year.
RICHMOND, Va. - Seniors Tiffany Brown and Shawnda Atwood combined for 20 points Thursday night against Boston University, but the Terriers outshot Georgia Southern en route to a 70-53 decision - the first of two games at the Virginia Commonwealth University Christmas tournament at Siegel Center.
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