Propelled in Iowa by evangelicals' support, Mike Huckabee is trying for a repeat victory in South Carolina, where religion is woven even more tightly into the fabric of life.
After 43 of the 48 boards in the World Transnational Open Teams final, Bessis, Bessis (father and son) and Multon from France, Fantoni and Nunes from Italy, and Zimmermann from Switzerland led Gromova, Ponomareva, Dubinin and Gromov from Russia, and Balicki and Zmudzinski from Poland by 5 international match points. Board 44 was an echo of 43.
NEW YORK - As a captured New Jersey inmate was being returned from Mexico on Thursday, the Rev. Al Sharpton defended his attempts to get the escapee to surrender and said criticism of him was due to a law enforcement ''turf war.''
WASHINGTON - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week although the decline was not viewed as evidence of an improving job market.
WASHINGTON - Baby boomers and the elderly don't make good terrorists, the government has found, so folks over 50 years old will get extra time to comply with post-Sept. 11 driver's license rules to be announced Friday and take effect in stages over the coming years.
LAS VEGAS - Two teenagers have been indicted on charges including attempted murder in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six people.
ATLANTA - There were two sides to Gary Michael Hilton, the man accused of kidnapping and then decapitating a 24-year-old hiker in the north Georgia woods.
ATLANTA - A waitress at a Huddle House in north Georgia says the suspect in the killing of a hiker stopped there just hours before authorities released his photograph.
WASHINGTON - U.S. insurance companies systematically overcharge customers and underpay consumers' home and auto claims to pad their already-fat bottom lines, a consumer group said Thursday.
DEAR ABBY: I was recently called to come in to work at the grocery story where I am employed because my department manager, "Meg," didn't show up. After I finished the shift, I stopped by Meg's house to check on her. She didn't answer the door. Eventually a neighbor and I were able to enter her home and found her very ill. We called 911, and Meg was taken to the hospital. She's now in the ICU.
NEW YORK - For years, jets taking off from Newark Liberty International Airport have performed an act of mercy as they roar south.
DETROIT - A tanker crashed into a guardrail on a highway overpass Thursday, plummeting 30 to 40 feet to the ground where it exploded and caught fire near a home. The cab of the tanker got stuck on the barrier and the driver was killed, police said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Death row inmate John Spirko wanted a pardon or the chance to leave prison and prove his innocence. He got neither, though he did escape execution.
WASHINGTON - Iraq's western province of Anbar, origin of the Sunni Arab insurgency that arose in the early months of U.S. occupation, will be returned to Iraqi control in March, a senior U.S. general said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget, released Thursday would close a projected $14 billion gap by giving schools 10 percent less money, releasing 22,000 inmates early and closing dozens of state parks.
Adairsville 63, Coahulla Creek 3
Pinewood scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to upend Bulloch Academy on Senior Night and win the GISA Region 2-AAA crown at Gator Alley Friday night.
PORTAL - On senior day, the Portal Panthers didn't go down without a fight.
BROOKLET - After an 0-4 start to the 2014 season, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets are now one step away from earning their second consecutive trip to the state Class AAA playoffs.
BRUNSWICK - It seems all too fitting that terror ruled the night on Halloween.
MILFORD, Pa. - For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.
FORT KENT, Maine - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.
MOJAVE, Calif. - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.
The Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County is hosting a standup comedy show fundraiser on Friday at the Russell Union Ballroom at Georgia Southern University. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina has tried for years to remove the stain of an academic scandal that began with an office administrator setting up sham classes to help struggling students - only to see things get worse.
SHANGHAI - Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. When he's hitting it straight, it can be a dangerous combination.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Will Muschamp has been on the losing end of the Florida-Georgia series his entire career.
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson expects the next two weekends to provide clarity in the muddled ACC Coastal Division race.
ATLANTA - The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons haven't backed up their offseason promise to be more physical and limit mistakes.