Mr. and Mrs. Britt Emerson Riles of Albany, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Christie Riles, to Bradley Martin Riner, both of Statesboro. The future groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Martin Riner of Swainsboro.
WICHITA, Kan. - A doctor and his wife charged with operating a ''pill mill'' that prosecutors said caused the overdose deaths of at least four patients will remain in jail because they are a flight risk, a federal magistrate ruled Friday.
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SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds got what he wanted. So did the feds.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Susan Dahl had spent four months homeless in Colorado and just been on a harrowing 10-hour bus trip through sleet and snow. Hungry and broke, all she wanted to do was get back to family in Minnesota.
TOKYO - Japan is dropping its plan to kill humpback whales in the seas off Antarctica, the country's top government spokesman said Friday.
WILTON, Conn. - When Sister Kathleen Treanor's soul ascends to heaven, her brain will go to a less ethereal realm: a medical lab in Kentucky.
ALBANY - A military working dog wounded in Iraq during a rocket attack that killed its Marine handler was adopted Friday by the slain Marine's family.
ZITTAU, Germany - European leaders celebrated Friday as the borders of nine countries along a Cold War frontier melted away, allowing a huge expansion to the EU's passport-free travel zone.
NEW YORK - Politicians beware: Parody is returning.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, working to combat the effects of a severe credit crunch, announced Friday it had auctioned another $20 billion in funds to commercial banks at an interest rate of 4.67 percent. Fed officials pledged to continue with the auctions ''for as long as necessary.''
WASHINGTON - Consumers put aside worries about slumping home sales and soaring gasoline prices and headed to the malls in November, pushing spending up by the largest amount in 3 1/2 years.
BAGHDAD - The leader of the largest Shiite political party in Iraq told about 5,000 faithful who gathered Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers that U.S.-backed anti-al-Qaida armed groups - mostly comprised of Sunnis - should be on the side of government forces and not try to replace them.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has made its position clear in legal filings and now gets a chance to say it to a judge in open court: Hold off on inquiring about the destruction of CIA videotapes that showed suspected terrorists being interrogated.
SHANGHAI, China - China's first fully homegrown commercial aircraft rolled off the production line Friday, marking a potential milestone for the country's aviation program.
Have you ever felt your relationship with God growing more distant and unfamiliar with the passing of time?
BUTTE, Montana - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.
DENVER - Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.
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ATHENS - Going into the final week of the regular season, the Georgia Bulldogs had hopes of playing for a Southeastern Conference title, maybe even claiming a spot in the four-team national playoff.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan says he and the Atlanta Falcons face no added pressure with everything on the line this week.
DOVER, Del. - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her.
In a much-anticipated event, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened its doors Wednesday in Statesboro's Market District, welcoming anxious customers, excited shoppers and a few curious spectators.
A Claxton family's home was destroyed by fire Tuesday night after a child knocked over a space heater.
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RICHMOND HILL - The Statesboro Blue Devils suffered their first region loss of the season as they were knocked off in overtime at Richmond Hill, 63-56.
PORTAL - Facing a Johnson County squad from the opposite side of the always-competitive Region 3-A, the Portal Panthers were in no mood to take prisoners.
ATLANTA - Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is proud of the job he did at Georgia and that facing the Bulldogs in the Belk Bowl is no big deal.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks know it's going to take more than a couple of strong months to prove this franchise has really turned things around after so many dashed hopes.
After some reflection I've concluded that a goodly portion of my life has been consumed with picking up stuff.