ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A gang of Pakistani militants executed two alleged U.S. spies in front of thousands of cheering supporters Friday as a top U.N. official expressed fears that Pakistani government peace deals with the gunmen were sparking a wave of human rights abuses.
SEOUL, South Korea - It took years of talks, coddling and concessions to prod North Korea to step back from its decades-long effort to make atomic weapons, leading to Friday's dramatic destruction of its nuclear reactor cooling tower.
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Widespread voter intimidation and low turnout marked Zimbabwe's one-candidate presidential runoff Friday, further damaging the vote designed to bolster longtime President Robert Mugabe's credibility.
YONGBYON, North Korea - The gray cooling tower crumbled behind billowing dust clouds in seconds Friday, reducing the structure at North Korea's nuclear reactor into a pile of rubble. It was a choreographed show by the communist regime meant to affirm an intention to stop making atomic bombs.
NEW YORK - Oil futures climbed to a new record near $143 a barrel Friday on expectations that the weakening dollar, a major factor in crude's stratospheric rise, will extend its decline and add to oil's appeal.
CLEVELAND - A group of teenagers beat a homeless man to death as passers-by slowed to watch the attack, some of which was caught on videotape, police said.
WASHINGTON - It's not much of a report card.
BLACKSTONE, Va. - Police officers took aim this week at vehicles zipping down a runway in tests meant to convince judges that laser speed guns - increasingly popular among law enforcement - are as accurate as their radar cousins.
Yesterday, we had a deal in which declarer had to conserve a dummy entry to get full value from the long diamond suit on the board. Today, the cards are in the other hand, so to speak. The defense has to keep the declarer from getting more tricks than necessary from dummy's best suit.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to step into an environmental dispute over a gold mining operation near Juneau, Alaska and a California criminal case in which a convicted killer was granted a new trial.
LONDON - Buckingham Palace accountants insisted Friday that the cost of maintaining Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family is a bargain for taxpayers, despite a price tag of 40 million pounds ($80 million), while a prominent anti-monarchist group said many of the true costs are hidden.
BAGHDAD - A member of an extremist cell believed to be behind a suicide attack that killed more than 20 people including three U.S. Marines has been arrested, the U.S. military said Friday.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 38-year-old woman enrolled in night school. A favorite professor of mine is a 46-year-old woman for whom I had a great deal of respect. We had some mutual interests and became casual friends. We'd grab a cup of coffee now and then, and she'd call me at work occasionally to say "hi."
Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Friday, June 27, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino sat next to Davidson athletic direction Jim Murphy at Detroit's Ford Field last March, stunned as the league's Wildcats blitzed Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the NCAA's Sweet 16.
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