NEW YORK - The actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of six different drugs - painkillers and sedatives - the medical examiner said Wednesday, leading doctors to warn of the dangers of mixing prescription drugs.
COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - Authorities offered no further insight into the motive of a teenager accused in the shooting deaths of his father, mother and two brothers, but experts say such crimes are not unprecedented - and they often come without any obvious warning signs.
FINDLAY, Ohio - Shandale Collins spent the past five months renovating his home after floodwaters destroyed nearly everything. Now he's wondering whether he'll have to do it all over again.
Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats said, "Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people."
Statesboro High - National Signing Day
HAVANA - Taking up Raul Castro's invitation to speak their minds without fear of reprisal, more Cubans have begun publicly complaining and challenging government policies on everything from limits on Internet access to travel restrictions.
BAGHDAD - Boys in soccer jerseys don black masks and grab weapons. They scramble over mud-brick walls, blast down doors and hold guns to the heads of residents inside.
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany - Neo-Nazi graffiti was found scrawled on the entrance to a Turkish cultural center at a building where nine people - including five children - were killed in a fire, police said Wednesday.
(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Taliban militants declared a cease-fire Wednesday in fighting with Pakistani forces, and the government said it was preparing for peace talks with al-Qaida-linked extremists in the lawless tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Please tell your readers who have uterine prolapse about the easy, inexpensive, nonsurgical solution of a pessary. I can't believe what a difference this has made in the quality of my life. I was feeling pressure and had a constant urge to urinate that was very distressing. I have had a pessary in for several years now and it's great! I still have to get up several times a night, and there is still some stress incontinence, but I'm comfortable.
DEAR ABBY: My husband is 56. His daughter, "Loreen," from his first marriage is 35. At times when he gives her a hug (as she's leaving from a visit) he will slap her on the butt. This makes me uncomfortable because it seems inappropriate at her age. I have told him how this makes me feel; he says it's something he has always done with both of his children. (He also has a son.)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded - a jailhouse so protected that its very location is top secret.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company were indicted Wednesday in the tainted pet food incidents that killed potentially thousands of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China.
LONDON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the fight in Afghanistan won't be won quickly and Defense Secretary Robert Gates scolded NATO countries who haven't committed combat troops ''willing to fight and die'' to defeat a resurgent Taliban.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons second-round pick Jalen Collins said Friday night his positive drug tests are "all behind me."
NEW YORK - Being tied after four games of the first round brought out the best in theAtlanta Hawks.
Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based energy company that wants to run a 360-mile petroleum pipeline through Upstate South Carolina and Coastal Georgia, is dealing with a leak of more than 250,000 gallons from one of its existing pipelines in South Carolina, officials said.
By MIKE ANTHONY and HORACE HOLLOMAN
Southeast Bulloch's boys soccer team have a tall order in front of them for the first round of the state playoffs. The Yellow Jackets will face a highly-touted Jackson High School today in a first round matchup.
ATLANTA - Mike Leake had a five-run lead and was just one scoreless inning from earning his first career shutout.
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Jameis Winston to help them become relevant again.
The Southeast Bulloch girls soccer team erased a one-goal deficit, surrendered a two-goal lead, and finally put on an impressive penalty kick display to claim a road victory over Jackson in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs Thursday.
BROOKLET - There's nothing like playing in front of the home crowd, and the Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch plan to take full advantage of the community support.
ALBANY – Senior Ashley Burke and freshman Mattie Wynn Hendrix combined for eight points in the only event final on Day One of the GISA track and field championships at Hugh Mills Stadium.
WASHINGTON - The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.
The mother of one of the five Georgia Southern students killed last week in a crash on Interstate 16 in Bryan County has filed a lawsuit against a trucking company regarding the death of her daughter. It is the second suit filed against Total Transportation since the seven-vehicle crash April 22.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - As the Marines scrambled to the roof of the U.S. Embassy, they locked a chain-link gate on every other floor to slow the throng of panicked Vietnamese civilians sure to come behind them. They knew if the crowd pushed through to the top, they could easily be overrun by hundreds of people desperate to get a seat on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon.
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Three members of the Georgia Southern football team were arrested by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department and are currently suspended from the program indefinitely.