PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.
HOMERVILLE - The sheriff got a $23,485 patrol car, the tax assessor got a $2,407 computer and Homerville City Hall got its carpets cleaned for $665 - all with the stroke of a judge's pen.
WASHINGTON - Alberto Gonzales denied Tuesday that he and former White House chief of staff Andy Card tried during to pressure a hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft to recertify President Bush's domestic eavesdropping program.
NEW ORLEANS - A grand jury refused Tuesday to indict a surgeon accused of murdering four seriously ill patients with high doses of painkillers in a putrid hospital in the desperate days after Hurricane Katrina. The decision closes the books on the only criminal mercy-killing case to emerge from the storm.
NEWBRIDGE, England - Swollen rivers crested Tuesday across western England, as emergency crews struggled to restore electricity and clean water, and residents piled sandbags against doors to keep floodwaters from their homes.
NEW YORK - NBA commissioner David Stern said he believed the betting scandal that has rocked the league won't go beyond the allegations against the one referee who resigned.
WASHINGTON - A majority of the Federal Communications Commission told a House subcommittee that they support an ''open access'' requirement on one swath of airwaves that will be auctioned early next year.
H.M. Tomlinson was an English writer and journalist known for antiwar and travel writing, novels and short stories, especially of life at sea. He wrote, "It is better to obey the mysterious direction, without any fuss, when it points to a new road, however strange that road may be. There is probably as much reason for it, if the truth were known, as for anything else."
The year ahead will bring out many of those you have helped in the past, and they will want to do whatever they can to make your life easier. Don't hesitate to take any help you can get because more than one situation will turn out very fortunate.
DEAR ABBY: My daughter's former lover, "Beau," is my age. (She is 20 years younger.) She was married when she and Beau had their affair, and still is. She regretted the affair, but continues to keep him as a friend. She introduced us a few years ago.
DEAR DR. GOTT: During his recent physical examination, my husband, who is 58 years old, was given a prescription for Lipitor and instructed to take 10 milligrams a day for two months and return to be tested again. Since his total cholesterol is only 154, why do you suppose the doctor made this recommendation? He has no other risk factors - no family history, no high blood pressure, he's not overweight, and he doesn't smoke.
NEW YORK - A dedicated group of vegetable gardeners is ripping out their front lawns and planting dinner.
SAN FRANCISCO - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will try to be there when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record, saying the San Francisco Giants star was "innocent until proven guilty."
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ATLANTA - Skip Schumaker insists he's not a home run hitter. At least for one night though, he was.
Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.
This time last season, Georgia Southern men's soccer coach Kevin Kennedy didn't know if the Eagles will have a conference to call home.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets got back in the win column after a seven-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, pounding Islands 8-0 Thursday at home.
OK, I know. Telling your kids their artwork stinks sounds horrible. I wouldn't quite say it like that, and I would keep in mind how young the kids are. But if you "ooh" and "aah" at every scribble, pencil mark or blobbed together Play-Doh sculpture, this is for you.
GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health Organization said Thursday as the United States announced plans to test an experimental Ebola vaccine.
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.
WASHINGTON - Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.
WINSLOW, Ariz. - A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.
NEW YORK - Jason Heyward hit a leadoff home run off Zack Wheeler, Julio Teheran won his third straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2 Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.
The last time Kevin Ellison lined up at quarterback for Georgia Southern he had a day to produce a lifetime of memories.
Working hard in a non-airconditioned weight room over the summer helped Bulloch Academy's players excel in their 48-6 destruction of First Presbyterian of Hinesville last week.
Last season, Lanier Olliff emerged from spring practice as the favorite to take over quarterbacking duties for Bulloch Academy as a sophomore.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.
CHICAGO - The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should.