VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that non-Catholics must never be forced to embrace the faith.
WASHINGTON - Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it is recalling 15,600 four-by-four versions of the 2007 Tundra pickup truck in the United States because of problems with a propeller shaft connected to the rear axle.
LOS ANGELES - Authorities arrested five men Thursday on allegations they caused a fire that destroyed more than 50 homes and caused over $100 million in losses in Malibu.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Serbia could only join the European Union if it lived up to international demands to hand over war crime suspects and respected the independence of Kosovo.
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NEW YORK - FedEx driver Vito Randazzo works long hours this time of year, but the smile never seems to stop.
WASHINGTON - Consumer inflation surged by the largest amount in more than two years in November, led by gasoline prices. The cost of clothing, airline tickets and prescription drugs also jumped.
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a ''betrayal'' of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site,
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Police have detained the wife and two children of a former coast guard officer who died in custody while facing a dictatorship-era human rights trial, hours after an autopsy found cyanide in the man's blood, a judge said Friday.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Another wintry blast was forecast Friday for the nation's midsection, where hundreds of thousands are still in the dark after a deadly ice storm brought down power lines, snapped trees and coated roads.
BALI, Indonesia - U.S., European and other envoys talked far into the night Friday as they forged a compromise at the U.N. climate conference, breaking a deadlock over how ambitious the goal should be in negotiating future cutbacks in global-warming gases.
NEW YORK - Page after page, Roger Clemens' name was all over the Mitchell Report.
The Bulloch Academy boys' basketball team must have been wearing rubber track spikes as hard and as fast as the Gators zipped up and down the court Friday night.
MINSK, Belarus - The leaders of Russia and Belarus pledged closer cooperation on military, economic and foreign policy but gave no indication Friday that the ex-Soviet neighbors were moving closer to a long-discussed full merger.
ATLANTA (AP) - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans has reached its highest point in at least 25 years, according to a new government report released Thursday.
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ATLANTA - Christian Bethancourt had a three-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night and preserve their fading playoff hopes.
ATLANTA - The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.
The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column.
Heading into the season, first-year Bulloch Academy coach Terrance Hennessy made it clear that one of his players would do a lot of the heavy lifting while new starters and younger players adjusted to new schemes and varsity competition.
TWIN CITY - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels clocked a 20:26 to win a multi-team cross-country meet on the sandy and shady trails of George L. Smith State Park Monday.
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.
A man was arrested having a new kind of drug, known on the street as "ear wax," after leading officers on a short vehicle chase Tuesday, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
The passenger of car was arrested on drug charges after officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Saturday, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Believers Church of Statesboro welcomes nationally known speaker Tracey Mitchell this weekend to lead "The Bride of Christ" Ladies Conference, Friday evening and Saturday. Mitchell will conclude her time in Statesboro by speaking at both services on Sunday morning at 9 and 11.
Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market, scheduled to open in Statesboro's Market District in the coming months, is hiring to fill up to 95 jobs, the store announced Wednesday.
Georgia Southern University is gearing up for its second annual STEM Fest on Saturday.
Willingway and Pineland Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities are joining forces to observance National Recovery Month.
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