In "Themes and Variations," Aldous Huxley wrote, "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."
FRESNO, Calif. - Fifty vehicles piled up in a chain-reaction accident in dense fog Tuesday, scattering mangled cars along a three-mile stretch of highway and injuring as many as a dozen people, the California Highway Patrol said.
DES MOINES, Iowa - The cartoonish plastic frog with bulging eyes could be a children's toy - but for the torch-like flame that bursts from the novelty lighter's head.
DEAR ABBY: When I recently moved to Ohio, I left behind a group of dear friends. One of them, "Cheryl," and I talk on the phone almost every night.
In his song "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush," Steve Winwood included this line: "The race is on, I'm out to win, before I start I must begin."
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The company that makes the ubiquitous, addictive BlackBerry smart phones said Tuesday it was still looking into what caused the second widespread service disruption in less than a year.
DEAR READERS: In late October, I printed a letter from "Tab in Swansea, Ill.," who asked what I perceive to be the main problem in society today. I responded that, as my column reflects, there is more than one. Then I asked what you, my readers, think is society's greatest problem - and the roof fell in! Your response was enormous, and I wish I could share all of it, but space does not permit. Today and tomorrow I'll print a sample:
WASHINGTON - A growing share of home sales are from foreclosures, especially in states hardest hit by the housing bust. In some parts of California lately, nearly 50 percent of home sales come from foreclosed houses.
BAGHDAD - The speaker of Iraq's fragmented parliament threatened Tuesday to disband the legislature, saying it is so riddled with distrust it appears unable to adopt the budget or agree on a law setting a date for provincial elections.
YANGON, Myanmar - Supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi protested Tuesday to demand democracy in Myanmar, days after the military regime said it would hold elections in 2010 under a new constitution likely to entrench the junta's powerful position.
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. - Frustrated fire officials are turning to a private firefighting company to help fight the stubborn, high-temperature blaze at a sugar refinery that continues despite the dropping of thousands of gallons of water by a helicopter.
NAIVASHA, Kenya - In a country strangled by anger and fear, it is taking armed escorts and emergency airlifts to make sure that Kenya's most warmhearted export - the rose - arrives in time for Valentine's Day.
BEIJING - Seeking to ferret out online games considered overly violent or unhealthy, China has targeted illegal Web sites, computer markets and Internet cafes as part of a campaign to rein in juvenile crime.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Danish authorities on Tuesday arrested three people suspected of plotting a cartoonist's assassination for his depiction of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban that enraged Muslims two years ago.
HAVANA - A university student and Cuban government officials on Tuesday strongly denied reports that the student was arrested for questioning the Communist country's travel and Internet restrictions last month.
Maria Joyce Kunkel and Jeffrey Sutton Powell were united in marriage on August 30, 2014, at the Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Delaney's on St. Simons Island.
NEW YORK - The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high.
PITTSBURGH - Broderick Snoddy ran for 82 yards and three touchdowns and Georgia Tech took advantage of six Pittsburgh turnovers in a 56-28 win on Saturday.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Will MacKenzie figured a good shot had turned out badly.
Consumers in Georgia and three other states who were helped by navigators for the 2014 insurance exchanges tended to be people of color who were not financially secure, a recently released report says.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.
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SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon Finnegan passed his biggest test yet.
Statesboro entered Friday night's game on a two-game winning streak, but the top-ranked Gators from Ware County brought it to a screeching halt.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Russell Henley has a reminder on his phone that goes off every day at noon to tell him he's the best putter in the world. He didn't need one Friday in the McGladrey Classic.
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh can bring the jumbled ACC Coastal Division into slightly better focus on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Or the Yellow Jackets can snap a two-game losing streak and turn an already murky division race into something borderline unrecognizable.
For now, the Bulloch County Schools probably won't become a "charter system," in which every school becomes self-governing and sets its own student achievement goals.
MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Democrat Michelle Nunn of Georgia has made her willingness to work with Republicans a central theme as she campaigns across the state for a key seat in the fight for control of the Senate.
A Statesboro man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for soliciting child pornography images over the Internet, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia announced Friday.