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.
MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.
Statesboro Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an infant inside a home on South College Street in Statesboro.
Carl H. Ayers Sr.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The ballet "Coppélia" tells the charming story of an eccentric toymaker, his life-like creation, and a young couple in love. Full of delightful characters and beautiful choreography, the ballet is a light-hearted comedy that will charm audiences both young and old.
Mrs. Blanche Smith Roberts
In a tightly contested pitcher's duel Tuesday night at Mill Creek Park, the Statesboro High School Blue Devils came out on top 5-2 against Effingham County to extend the team's winning streak to eight games and a perfect 4-0 region record.
The Falcons' financially conservative approach to this year's free-agent signings may have been influenced by hopes of keeping star wide receiver Julio Jones from leaving next year.
The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department will host the 14th annual "Swing into Spring" celebration from 5–9 p.m. Friday at Mill Creek Regional Park.
ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.
Mr. Carlton Joe Akins
A man was transported to a Savannah hospital early Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle at a local restaurant.
WASHINGTON - Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.
Statesboro High School girls soccer coach Brian Thomas watched attentively as his team scrimmaged against each other one last time in the school's gymnasium before the team's big rematch against region foes Effingham County Monday afternoon.