NEW YORK - The economic outlook became more uncertain Thursday after many of the nation's big retailers reported weaker than expected holiday sales, the result of consumers cutting their spending due to higher energy prices and the ongoing housing slump.
WASHINGTON - A woman found in her home with the decomposing bodies of four girls faces murder charges, and authorities believe she is their mother, officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON - Republican Rep. John Doolittle of California, who is under investigation in a congressional lobbying scandal, said Thursday that he'll retire from Congress at the end of his current term.
WASHINGTON - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
READING, Pa. - Eighth-grader Tim Hauck said he knew by the enraged look on his friend's face that the other teenager meant to hurt as many people as he could.
WASHINGTON - An Air Force investigation of the crash last fall of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet concluded that a defective metal beam in the frame cracked, causing it to disintegrate during flight.
WASHINGTON - A new Army recruiting program that relies on National Guard soldiers to help recruit for the active duty Army has brought more than 500 sign-ups in its first three months, according to the Guard.
SAN JOSE DE GUAVIARE, Colombia - Colombian rebels freed two women held hostage for more than five years, handing them over Thursday to Venezuelan officials who flew them toward Caracas where a triumphant President Hugo Chavez awaited.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan agreed Thursday to take over talks to end the deadly turmoil linked to Kenya's presidential election, after days of international pressure resulted in nothing more than a fresh round of accusations from both sides.
WASHINGTON - Attorneys for Jose Rodriguez told Congress the former CIA official won't testify about the destruction of CIA videotapes without a promise of immunity, two people close to the tapes inquiry said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - Having a former president on your side is a blessing that can cut both ways.
The U.S. expectations President Bush set out Thursday for negotiations and a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, following two days of separate meetings with leaders on both sides:
DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband and I had really high cholesterol levels. Our doctor told us to take red yeast rice, 600 milligrams, twice a day with food. It is a dietary supplement.
NEW DELHI - For millions of people in the developing world, Tata Motor's new $2,500 four-door subcompact - the world's cheapest car - may yield a transportation revolution with as great an impact as Henry Ford's Model T, which rolled off an assembly line one century ago.
BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. - Search crews in boats resumed looking Thursday for the bodies of four young children while a judge denied bond for their father, who is accused of throwing them from an 80-foot coastal bridge.
Bibles come in all shapes and sizes, from a pocket-sized print edition to the digitized version available for iPhones.
ATLANTA - The deaths of children whose families had DFCS involvement rose to 180 in 2013 from 152 the year before, an 18 percent increase, according to a state report released Friday.
FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as the country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.
MADRID - In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.
ATLANTA - A visit from the Washington Nationals came at just the right time to fire up the Atlanta Braves.
Q: My annual flowers are looking ragged. I just came back from the beach and some of them look terrible. Is there anything I can plant now to replace them with?
Mr. and Mrs. Don McKee joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter, Susanna Elisabeth McKee, to Austin Dwayne Hagan, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Keith Hagan of Statesboro.
A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he were 12 years old and wanted a mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I'd say no.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the growth of roads and transportation in Georgia and Bulloch County beginning in 1807.)
A Statesboro woman who started a nonprofit organization serving girls in the community has been named a Hometown Hero by Northland Cable.
Most people enjoy out-of-town excursions. Lots of people take them annually. But as another summer begins to fade, many workers may be wondering if a vacation is worth the trouble and expense. Modern travelers often face an added problem as they go on holiday: They take along their personal technology devices, allowing the stresses that they are trying to escape to follow them out of town.
Almost 800 coaches and high school football players hit the muddy, soggy fields of Georgia Southern University's campus for six days of intense training, both physical and spiritual.
Where there's watermelon, there's usually a good time. They instantly take a beach trip or picnic to the next level. Georgia may be the Peach State, but we're also among the leading five states in the U.S. that consistently produce watermelons.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.