WASHINGTON - The economy lost momentum heading into the new year as shoppers tightened their belts and manufacturers were stung by weak demand for cars and housing-related goods.
AUSTIN, Texas - Everything's big in Texas - big pickup trucks, big SUVs and the state's big carbon footprint, too.
WASHINGTON - A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Violence was down in Kenya on Wednesday, but the U.S. ambassador said it was ''not going to be easy'' to persuade Kenya's president and opposition leader to agree to power-sharing to remedy the outcome of their hotly disputed election.
JERUSALEM - Israeli aircraft targeting Palestinian rocket squads on Wednesday killed a 12-year-old boy, his father and uncle in a bungled attack, while Islamic militants, enraged by the death of their leader's son in an Israeli raid, bombarded Israel with rocket and mortar fire.
TOKYO - Protesters scored a victory in a high-seas campaign to disrupt Japan's whale hunt in the Antarctic, forcing the fleet to a standstill Wednesday while officials scrambled to unload two activists who used a rubber boat to get on board a harpoon vessel.
LAS VEGAS - An angry judge doubled O.J. Simpson's bail to $250,000 on Wednesday for violating terms of his original bail by attempting to contact a co-defendant in the armed robbery case against him.
DECATUR, Ga. - Two off-duty DeKalb County police officers were killed early Wednesday in what appeared to be an ambush at an apartment complex in what residents described as a high-crime neighborhood, police said.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Lawyers for a former cadet who was the first student court-martialed in the 130-year history of the Coast Guard Academy asked an appeals court Wednesday to reverse his convictions for sexual misconduct.
NEW YORK - There had been warning signs for years before 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown died from a vicious blow to the head.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - In an embarrassing battlefield defeat for Pakistan's army, Islamic extremists attacked and seized a small fort near the Afghan border, leaving at least 27 soldiers dead or missing.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson tussled Wednesday over who's the true conservative while the Democratic contest in Nevada indicated the truce called over racially sensitive matters does not extend to other points of dispute.
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - President Bush's fast-track plan for a Mideast peace agreement got a welcome endorsement Wednesday from a nation long seen as a key Arab mediator. Bush responded by pulling his punches on the human rights backpedaling in Egypt that have cooled relations with this longtime ally.
DEAR ABBY: I am ashamed and angry at myself because I think I have made a mistake that is impossible to correct.
Albert Schweitzer, who was a theologian, musician and philosopher in addition to being a medical missionary, said, "As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious."
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Plans have been finalized for the wedding of Taylor ReAnn Miles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Dale Miles of Hazlehurst, and William Bradford Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore Stewart Jr. of Statesboro.
A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parenting to Apache Blackhawk parenting."
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater got hurt before he could finish a fine first NFL start.
Mr. and Mrs. Robin Rich of Statesboro are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Rich, to Jacob Todd Zeigler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Zeigler of Statesboro.
(Note: The following is the first of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
WASHINGTON - It's time for flu vaccines again. While the shot is important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.
A flock of blackbirds covers the field. Two hundred, maybe. Silent and still before rising, as though at the lift of some unseen maestro's baton, into the air in one loud flap like a bleached sheet on a clothesline. I watch and listen and shiver. Blackbirds. Sign of cold weather.
FERGUSON, Mo. - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.
ATHENS - Todd Gurley shook off a couple of defenders in the backfield, built up speed down the sideline, and saw another would-be tackler in his path.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round.
PHILADELPHIA - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton each homered and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.
FLOWERY BRANCH - These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.
An elderly woman was killed Friday evening when a man ran a stop sign and crashed into the church van in which she was riding, according to Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Brian Scott.