WASHINGTON (AP) - An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.
Novels that feature bridge deals are not everyone's glass of red wine. If you like the genre, though, you will enjoy Bill Townsend's "Bridge Out of School" (Vivisphere Publishing).
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and bulldozers pushed into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing five Islamic militants and trapping hundreds of people in their homes, while another extremist died from an airstrike elsewhere in the territory.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My 54-year-old sister, who weighs more than 300 pounds, has constant sinus infections. She doesn't have any pets and lives alone in a 5-year-old house full of newspapers, plastic bags and other items she plans to recycle but never gets around to. Her entire house is cluttered several feet deep. I think her chronic sinus infections may be related to this accumulation. She gets upset when anyone offers to help with the recycling and rarely lets anyone take any of it. Could these living conditions be the cause of her sinus trouble? I love her dearly ...
ATLANTA - Bobby Petrino resigned as Atlanta Falcons coach on Tuesday, having lasted only 13 games with the NFL team. A person within the league told The Associated Press that Petrino quit to return to the college ranks at Arkansas.
HOUSTON - When Rita Grofer heard that Royce Clyde Zeigler II was accused of beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter to death because the toddler failed to say ''please,'' and ''yes, sir,'' her blood chilled.
HARTLEPOOL, England - A woman accused of taking part in an insurance scam by falsely claiming her husband had died asked her sons to forgive her on Tuesday and to visit her in jail.
Statesboro's First United Methodist Church Troop #332 held an Eagle Scout Ceremony for John Manack, Taylor Burke, Taylor Morgan and Blake Thompson on Dec. 9. The ceremony was held in the church's sanctuary and was well attended.
OMAHA, Neb. - A former teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student said Monday it was the boy's idea to flee to Mexico and that he told her he would kill her if she left him.
WASHINGTON - Illicit drug use by teens continued to gradually decline overall this year, but the use of prescription painkillers remains popular among young people, according to a federally financed study released Tuesday at the White House.
When Tony Raymond starts heating up from outside the three-point line, the rest of the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets step up their game, too.
A Florida man riding a bicycle was killed Monday evening when an 18-wheeler struck him, reports stated.
WASHINGTON - The nation's spy court said Tuesday that it will not release its documents regarding the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged Tuesday after the Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent, disappointing some investors who hoped the central bank would take more aggressive measures. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had been up about 40 points before the decision, fell 300 points.
SEOUL, South Korea - President Bush wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The North even thanked the U.S. Navy last month for helping it end a high-seas standoff with Somali pirates.
MADRID - In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.
ATLANTA - A visit from the Washington Nationals came at just the right time to fire up the Atlanta Braves.
Q: My annual flowers are looking ragged. I just came back from the beach and some of them look terrible. Is there anything I can plant now to replace them with?
Mr. and Mrs. Don McKee joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter, Susanna Elisabeth McKee, to Austin Dwayne Hagan, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Keith Hagan of Statesboro.
A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he were 12 years old and wanted a mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I'd say no.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the growth of roads and transportation in Georgia and Bulloch County beginning in 1807.)
A Statesboro woman who started a nonprofit organization serving girls in the community has been named a Hometown Hero by Northland Cable.
Most people enjoy out-of-town excursions. Lots of people take them annually. But as another summer begins to fade, many workers may be wondering if a vacation is worth the trouble and expense. Modern travelers often face an added problem as they go on holiday: They take along their personal technology devices, allowing the stresses that they are trying to escape to follow them out of town.
Almost 800 coaches and high school football players hit the muddy, soggy fields of Georgia Southern University's campus for six days of intense training, both physical and spiritual.
Where there's watermelon, there's usually a good time. They instantly take a beach trip or picnic to the next level. Georgia may be the Peach State, but we're also among the leading five states in the U.S. that consistently produce watermelons.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.
ATLANTA - A long rain delay and extra innings tested the Washington Nationals' mental and physical strength.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy played the kind of golf Saturday that typically would put him in control at a major championship. Staked to a one-shot lead in the PGA Championship, he made three birdies over his last four holes for a 4-under 67.