VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI criticizes the ''cruelty'' of capitalism and colonialism and the power of the wealthy over the poor in his first book as pope released on Friday.
Although you are likely to have better earning powers than you did last year, unless you're careful your extravagant urges could negate your gains. Try to budget funds in ways that promote growth, not loss.
DEAR ABBY: One of my sons, "Clayton," is in his early 20s - tall, slim, handsome and intelligent. He dated a girl in high school, "Julie," who was the love of his life. They broke up and got back together several times, until she finally moved on and married a nice young man.
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BROOKLET - Bryan County's Ricky Myrick got the complete game, pitched six shutout innings and struck out nine Southeast Bulloch batters on 106 pitches as the Redskins knocked off the Yellow Jackets (8-7, 3-4 Region 3-AA) 9-2 Thursday night in Brooklet.
Today is Friday the 13th - considered unlucky by some. But it will prove to be unlucky for very few of them, if any.
ATLANTA - The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea is now among the ''superbugs'' resistant to common antibiotics, leading U.S. health officials to recommend wider use of a different class of drugs to avert a public health crisis.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal grand jury indicted a U.S. citizen on charges of joining al-Qaida and conspiring to bomb European tourist resorts and U.S. government facilities and military bases overseas.
Both Screven County tennis teams picked up 5-0 wins over Souteast Bulloch Thursday in Brooklet.
DEAR DR. GOTT: You have helped so many people, I thought you could answer a question about milk of magnesia. I have been taking it every night for about a year. My doctor recommended it. The reason for taking it is, I had a cardiac cath several years ago. It caused an aneurysm with internal bleeding, then I developed a hernia in the same area and had more surgery. The femoral nerve was damaged, leaving me with chronic pain. I have been going to a pain clinic in the St. Louis area and am on narcotic meds, which cause constipation ...
ADEL, Ga. - Two Adel insurance agents were charged Thursday with signing up eight elderly people and even a dead man for health coverage without bothering to get their permission, officials said.
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Iraqi parliament cafeteria Thursday, killing at least eight people - including at least two lawmakers - and wounding about 30 in a stunning assault in the heart of the heavily fortified, U.S.-protected Green Zone.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The disgraced district attorney in the Duke lacrosse rape case apologized to the three athletes in a carefully worded statement Thursday as their lawyers weighed whether to sue him - and some legal experts say they have a case.
WASHINGTON - The White House's claim that e-mails sent on a Republican Party account might have been lost was challenged Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, who quipped that even his teenage neighbor could find them.
WASHINGTON - The Army might be shortchanging injured soldiers by rating their disabilities with a system that is both unwieldy and inconsistent, the head of a special commission said Thursday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Luke Donald believes he's got the right game on the right course - and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage.
SYLVANIA - More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia's least explored Revolutionary War sites.
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Georgia's top Republican Senate hopefuls are scrambling to prove who'd be the most conservative opponent to take on Democratic favorite Michelle Nunn in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.
Statesboro's VFW post has an aging membership, including World War II and Korean War veterans now in their 80s and 90s. Its leaders, several of whom pull double duty just to fill the slate of 12 officers, say the post will fold this year unless it can recruit younger veterans.
PARIS - Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.
KATMANDU, Nepal - The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
BOSTON - With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.
WASHINGTON - Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
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NEW YORK - Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.
On a gloomy day at Cross Creek High School in Augusta, Statesboro's track and field squads held off Mother Nature and the rest of Region 3-AAAA with region championships for both the girls -who secured their sixth consecutive region crown - and the boys.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.
Statesboro's golf squads will wrap up their regular seasons today as they host the Blue Devil Classic at the Georgia Southern University Golf Course at Noon.
ATLANTA - There's no bigger long shot in the NBA playoffs than the Atlanta Hawks.
The Friday series opener between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Samford Bulldogs has been postponed due to rain.