WASHINGTON - A reading score that rates a fourth-grader ''proficient'' in Mississippi would be failing in Massachusetts, an example of state-to-state variations likely to fuel debate about a need for more uniform national standards.
BAGHDAD (AP) - The four-year U.S. military death toll in Iraq passed 3,500 after a soldier was reported killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. A British soldier was also shot to death Thursday in southern Iraq, as Western forces find themselves increasingly vulnerable under a new strategy to take the fight to the enemy.
NEW YORK - New York City, where tolls are $6 and putting your car in a parking garage for just an hour can run you $20, is already an expensive place to drive. Now the mayor wants to make it so costly some people won't even bother driving and will take mass transit instead.
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Congress passed legislation Thursday to loosen restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, but the bill's supporters lacked the votes needed to override President Bush's threatened veto.
A good ally you've developed who has always been in the position to help you advance your objectives but was never asked to do so might do so anyway with unsolicited assistance that will be invaluable to you.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 87 years old, and I might be experiencing hearing problems. I am otherwise in good health. What options do I have to correct it or make myself more comfortable with this particular problem?
DEAR ABBY: "Heartbroken in Westchester, Pa." (April 9) said she had just broken up with an emotionally abusive man who withheld affection from her because he wanted her to lose weight. She went on to say she was working on her master's in counseling psychology, and couldn't understand why she had tolerated his emotional abuse for nine months. She said she could hear his put-downs over and over, and knew it was self-destructive but couldn't let it go.
HUNTINGDON, Tenn. - The family of Pvt. William Bernice Clark never had a funeral for him, never got to say goodbye and never really accepted his fate among the fallen during the Normandy D-Day landings in World War II.
ATLANTA - The Florida Marlins rarely win a series in Atlanta, so manager Fredi Gonzalez wasn't about to let this one get away.
VATICAN CITY - It was a sunny day, and thousands of faithful crowded onto St. Peter's Square to cheer Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly Wednesday audience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The globe-trotting tuberculosis patient moved up his flight to Europe after health officials urged him to stay put - but the Atlanta lawyer, in defiant testimony from his hospital room Wednesday, insisted he wasn't ducking anyone.
There are certain defensive techniques that inexperienced players believe apply only to no-trump contracts and not to suits - but they are mistaken. Fourth-highest leads are an example. If you are attacking from K-J-6-5-3, lead the five, whether the contract is, say, three no-trump or four spades.
Former Georgia Southern men's basketball standouts Julius Jenkins and Jean Francois recently completed successful seasons in the German 1.Bundesliga, the top professional basketball league in Germany.
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Tropical birds, white rabbits and huge snakes aren't typically allowed to visit Splash in the Boro. But for Magic Marc, waterpark officials made an exception.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Derek Jeter remembers the playoff games in Texas - the good and the bad. Now the Yankees captain has another milestone to go with them there.
CORDELE - Former University of Georgia 400-meter standout Torrin Lawrence died Monday morning in a car accident as he made his way home to Jacksonville, Florida. He was 25.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.
ATLANTA - Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly.
Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.
H.A. Sack Co., Inc. just celebrated going more than one million hours without a lost time injury.
Today, 12 years ago, my life's priorities changed dramatically when my wife's doctor uttered three words, "you have cancer."
WASHINGTON - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?
Plans have been finalized for the wedding of Christine Anne Manning and Jeffrey Allen Lipsey.
We are pleased to announce the engagement of Kimberly Hope Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Kimberly Deal of Statesboro and the late Mr. Duane Eric Carter of Augusta, to Brooks Aaron Oldham, son of Mr. Steve Oldham of Fayetteville, Georgia, and the late Mrs. Judy Todd Oldham.
WASHINGTON - Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.
Lives were changed during the seventh annual R.E.A.D.Y. 2000 Inc. Summer Enrichment Camp, held last month at the W.W. Mann Center and The Body of Christ Assembly, Inc.