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."
Financial conditions look encouraging in the year ahead, but only if you are determined to succeed and willing to do what it takes to generate the returns you want. Nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Recently, there have been a lot of recommendations to use niacin as a treatment for high cholesterol instead of statin drugs, but no one has said anything about the side effects.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY - To Don Lounsbury, it's just another chapter in the same old story - his church is being maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood - only this time it's happening as part of the campaign for the White House.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unanimously upheld New York's unique system of choosing trial judges Wednesday, setting aside critics' concerns that political party bosses control the system.
Mario Jackson isn't a superstar quite yet. Frankly, that's the way he likes it.
WASHINGTON - President Bush exempted the Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training off the California coast - a practice critics say is harmful to whales and other marine mammals.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Ten years ago, Amien Rais led thousands of demonstrators chanting ''Hang Suharto!'' to the halls of parliament, where they demanded the resignation of a man widely regarded as one of the most brutal and corrupt leaders of the 20th century.
WASHINGTON - A year is a long time in a child's education, the time it can take to learn cursive writing or beginning algebra. It's also how much time kids can spend with substitute teachers from kindergarten through high school - time that's all but lost for learning.
ALBANY - Southeast Bulloch's furious second-half comeback attempt fell short as the Yellow Jackets fell 63-57 on Friday at the U-Save-It Classic against Class AAAAAA foe Lee County.
Subway Restaurants of Statesboro recognized the staff and volunteers of the Statesboro Food Bank with a Subway luncheon last week to say "thank you" for their tireless efforts to help others all year long.
Mr. Dante' Boyd Sr.
MIAMI - The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a recruiter of mostly foreign-born players for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the center of the case.
ATLANTA - Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay's Mike Evans resists labels that describe him as a football player, especially those that shortchange what he's accomplished as part of an outstanding class of rookie receivers lighting up the NFL.
MARRAKECH, Morocco - Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.
The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year's three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.
Local churches that are part of the Ogeechee River Baptist Association, as well as Southern Baptist churches throughout Georgia and beyond, will contribute more than 27,000 backpacks this Christmas filled with clothes, toys, school supplies, hygiene items and Bibles to needy children along the Appalachian mountain range.
Smoke seen in downtown Statesboro this afternoon was caused by the controlled burn of a 15-acre field near Akins Smith Road in the Hopulikeit area, according to Bulloch County 911 and Statesboro Fire Department spokespersons.
Like other hospitals in the region, East Georgia Regional Medical Center is experiencing an increase in flu-related emergency-room visits.
That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant expects to be exhausted by the end of Atlanta's NFC South showdown Sunday at New Orleans.
Region championships and state playoff berths will be determined in the coming months, but both Statesboro and Southeast Bulloch's boys squads will get some tough non-region competition to help close out 2014 as they travel to Albany for the annual U-Save-It Classic beginning today.