PHOENIX - A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison Friday for the sexual assaults of two sisters.
BAGHDAD - Thousands of followers of a radical cleric took to Baghdad's streets after Friday prayers to protest a triple car bombing in one of their southern strongholds and make a show of strength directed at a rival Shiite power broker.
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ALBANY, N.Y. - Students who rely on all-nighters to bring up their grades might want to sleep on that strategy: A new survey says those who never study all night have slightly higher GPAs than those who do.
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VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that non-Catholics must never be forced to embrace the faith.
WASHINGTON - Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it is recalling 15,600 four-by-four versions of the 2007 Tundra pickup truck in the United States because of problems with a propeller shaft connected to the rear axle.
LOS ANGELES - Authorities arrested five men Thursday on allegations they caused a fire that destroyed more than 50 homes and caused over $100 million in losses in Malibu.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Serbia could only join the European Union if it lived up to international demands to hand over war crime suspects and respected the independence of Kosovo.
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NEW YORK - FedEx driver Vito Randazzo works long hours this time of year, but the smile never seems to stop.
WASHINGTON - Consumer inflation surged by the largest amount in more than two years in November, led by gasoline prices. The cost of clothing, airline tickets and prescription drugs also jumped.
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a ''betrayal'' of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site,
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Police have detained the wife and two children of a former coast guard officer who died in custody while facing a dictatorship-era human rights trial, hours after an autopsy found cyanide in the man's blood, a judge said Friday.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Another wintry blast was forecast Friday for the nation's midsection, where hundreds of thousands are still in the dark after a deadly ice storm brought down power lines, snapped trees and coated roads.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jordan Spieth had a post-Masters letdown Thursday, shooting a 3-over 74 at the RBC Heritage to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par.
FLOWERY BRANCH,- Even the most established Falcons players are scrambling to make a good first impression with new coach Dan Quinn.
NEW YORK - Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.
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ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman isn't ready to panic just because the Atlanta Braves have lost two straight games.
The regular season is over for Statesboro High School's baseball team and despite a rocky season, the Blue Devils are just two wins away from the state playoffs.
DES MOINES, Iowa - For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.
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ATLANTA - Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a slump with three hits and four RBIs, Dee Gordon and Ichiro Suzuki each scored two runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Tuesday night.
BROOKLET - Andrew Kalaani scored two second half goals to lead the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets to a come-from-behind 4-1 win over Jenkins in the first round of the Region 1-AAA playoffs Tuesday night and clinching a spot in the state playoffs.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - After six days of deliberating, jurors went home Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of killing the man dating his fiancee's sister.
The green jacket is all Jordan Spieth needs for an identity. He is the Masters champion.
By RALPH D. RUSSO
NEW YORK - Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.