DEAR DR. GOTT: Because of gastrointestinal symptoms and lower-left chest pain, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. While describing my symptoms and giving a history, the doctor was at his computer taking notes. He also accessed my records at the hospital where he is on staff and where I have had many tests and procedures.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.
OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.
NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.
LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old man was arrested in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six young people, police said, and authorities were searching Thursday for a second suspect.
COLUMBIA, Conn. - A deadly winter storm brought snow and sleet to the Northeast on Thursday, while crews in the Plains and Midwest worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark in its ice-coated wake.
WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.
Most deals feature standard card-play techniques: count winners, count losers, establish tricks, gain trump tricks by ruffing, and so on. But the deals that sort the women out from the girls are those requiring more specialized handling. Englishman David Bird has put a good selection of these into "Off-Road Declarer Play" (Master Point Press).
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.
SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of breast cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - At Appalachian State, it's called ''The Game For The Ages.'' Fans wanting a way to commemorate the Mountaineers' shocking upset of Michigan can get limited edition artwork, travel mugs, posters and T-shirts.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's new president reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. charges that a suitcase full of Venezuelan cash seized by customs was intended to finance her campaign, calling it an example of ''garbage in international politics.''
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates, which had been sliding, went up this week, disappointing news to would-be home buyers.
PITTSBURGH - After his engagement was called off, a would-be groom decided to make use of his prepaid wedding resources and host a charity ball.
Legendary Georgia Bulldogs football coach Vince Dooley, along with his wife, Barbara, will be the featured speakers at the annual Steak & Burger Dinner fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County.
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With 13 days gone by since Statesboro's season-opening loss in the Erk Russell Classic, the Blue Devils are looking forward to a fresh start.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch will try to break into the win column tonight as the Yellow Jackets travel to Guyton to take on South Effingham in a non-region matchup.
PORTAL - Fresh off their first season-opening win since 2011, the Portal Panthers look to continue their winning ways tonight as they host Treutlen County.
Robert Toombs Christian Academy senior running back Rico Rogers will be a marked young man Friday night when Bulloch Academy rolls into Lyons to face the defending GISA Class A state champions.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
GUYTON - Langston Chapel Middle School shook off a disappointing 2013 season with a convincing, season-opening 38-16 win at South Effingham on Wednesday.
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - Rory McIlroy felt anything under par was a good score Thursday at Cherry Hills, even if he had reason to expect much better.
BILBAO, Spain - The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.
A day of music, food and fun in Brooklet Saturday also will bring financial assistance for a local woman diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that causes an overgrowth of plasma cells in the bone marrow, which develop into tumors inside the bones.
Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.
Here's a twist on family resemblance: A Swiss study says it's possible to match people with their cars, because they look alike. And the resemblance carries through to the family dog, too.
ATLANTA - A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours was charged Thursday with murder in the toddler's death.