WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A strong earthquake struck New Zealand on Thursday night, collapsing at least three older buildings in one coastal city on North Island, sparking small fires and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency there.
Through simply circulating with the masses in the year ahead, you will learn to garner some rather remarkable benefits that are available to those who go after them. You will be one of them.
There is an Italian proverb that goes: "Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out." Or should that be: many a pair of Italian shoes is bought?
NEW YORK - The massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech by a mentally disturbed student gunman was chosen the top story of 2007 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press' annual vote.
(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)
LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half century - one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - One of three top suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway wrote during an Internet chat session that the teenager was dead, Aruba's chief prosecutor said Thursday.
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a city council meeting in a town northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 14 civilians during a four-day Islamic holiday, a morgue official said. The U.S. military said one soldier was killed and 10 were wounded.
PARADISE, Calif. - A man who was lost in the mountains along with his three children for three days during a snowstorm said he was terrified they wouldn't make it out alive, but he remained strong for his children and relied on his faith.
WASHINGTON - Toddlers rescued from orphanages and placed in good foster homes score dramatically higher on IQ tests years later than children who were left behind, concludes a one-of-a-kind project in Romania that has profound implications for child welfare around the globe.
NEW YORK - For a few years, technology companies have been racing to find a way to get movies from the Internet to the living-room TV in a way that will get consumers excited.
MIAMI - A jail inmate told investigators that a suspect in the killings of four people aboard a charter fishing boat admitted his role in their shooting deaths, but insisted he did not pull the trigger, according to court documents.
TOLEDO, Ohio - A man who spent 20 years on death row before his sentence was overturned was hospitalized Thursday, just hours before he planned to enter a plea that would have freed him.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For decades, a common fungus found on citrus in California was so insignificant that farmers say they nearly forgot about it.
MIAMI - Top Florida officials say they treated the politically charged custody fight over a young Cuban girl like any other case, but documents obtained by The Associated Press show they took extraordinary steps to stop the youngster's father from taking her back to the communist island.
You're getting out of the shower early in the morning when the door opens. Standing there, staring blankly back at you, is your kid. He or she has just caught a glimpse of your naked adult body. You spring into action, help your kid out of the bathroom and then return to drying off and redressing.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? A thinker or a feeler? A cat person or a dog person?
MEXICO CITY - Searchers on Friday found the body of an American man who had been missing in the rugged mountains in central Mexico since going on a hike four days ago.
EDDYVILLE, Ky. - A 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in Kentucky that killed her parents and two other family members has been released from the hospital, an official said Saturday.
The Big Ten is starting the new year with a new sense of pride.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was bound to happen.
Bulloch Academy erased a 24-point halftime deficit but it wasn't enough to overcome the multi-national force of Furtah Prep Friday night.
Ohio State is looking for its first national title since 2002. Oregon is seeking its first, period.
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Authorities say a 38-year-old Statesboro man is facing a murder charge in connection with the New Year's Eve shooting death of a man in East Dublin.
NEW YORK - Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.
ATLANTA - A Georgia man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in 1998 is set to be executed later this month, state corrections officials said Friday.
Mr. Jeffrey Rushing and Mrs. Denise Larisey of Statesboro, Georgia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlene Rushing of Statesboro, to David Keith Hardee, son of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Hardee.
Yesterday around 7 p.m., a 14-year-old boy who was hunting on the south side of Millen off Edna Lanier Road found a partial skeleton of a man, according to Jenkins County Sheriff Robert Oglesby.