Some hands bid themselves, as the saying goes. In an uncontested auction, you have no problem picking each call when it is your turn. But occasionally you will be sitting there, wondering exactly what to do next. A good rule of thumb is to show where your high-card values lie. Look at the South hand. You open one club, and partner responds three hearts, which by your partnership agreement is a splinter bid. North is showing at least game-going values with five or more clubs and a singleton or void in hearts. What would you rebid?
WASHINGTON - The Arctic is under increasing stress from warming temperatures as shrubs colonize the tundra, changing wildlife habitat and local climate conditions, researchers said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - Against the backdrop of a presidential veto threat, the House wrangled Wednesday over an eavesdropping bill that would expand court oversight of government electronic surveillance in the United States.
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Bulloch County area volunteers will wade into the Ogeechee River Saturday as part of the continuing statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia's rivers and streams.
ANKARA, Turkey - Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a possible cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, although the government appears willing to give diplomatic pressure on the U.S.-backed Iraqi administration more time to work.
WASHINGTON - In the first major revision of U.S. naval strategy in two decades, maritime officials said Wednesday they plan to focus more on humanitarian missions and improving international cooperation as a way to prevent conflicts.
BOSTON - Sabrina Rahim doesn't practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool.
LAS VEGAS - The man accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl in an explicit sex videotape was arraigned Wednesday on 23 felony charges that could land him in prison for life.
TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts University president Richard Roberts has asked the school's board of regents for a leave of absence amid accusations of lavish spending at donors' expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign.
WASHINGTON - In one of the earliest hints of ''modern'' living, humans 164,000 years ago put on primitive makeup and hit the seashore for steaming mussels, new archaeological finds show.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Sensitive data for virtually all Louisiana college applicants and their parents over the past nine years were in a case lost last month during a move, officials said.
HONOLULU - The first of two Hawaii-based soldiers accused of murder in the killing of a civilian in northern Iraq is set for a hearing Thursday that could determine whether he will face court martial.
DEAR ABBY: I am being sort of sexually harassed, and I don't know what to do. I'm 15 and my brother, "Joey," is 16. We live with our mother. Our parents are divorced. Mom works, so we're home by ourselves in the afternoon after school.
ATLANTA - At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.
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PITTSBURGH - Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
ATHENS - Hutson Mason finally has the job he wanted all along.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
Southeast Bulloch saw many years of constant losing and frustration fade into the mist last fall as it earned a spot in the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.
WASHINGTON - The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races.
Georgia Southern University made history Wednesday when the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents granted the university the first undergraduate manufacturing engineering degree program in the state and the Southeast.
BEREA, Ohio - Brian Hoyer defied long odds - and stiff-armed Johnny Football - to keep his dream job.
NEW YORK - The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.
CLEVELAND - Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A Rhode Island Little League coach had a team of disappointed kids when they were eliminated from tournament play, but his speech is one for the very best of books.
CLAYTON, Mo. - As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.