DAMASCUS, Syria - Hundreds of Iraqi refugees boarded buses for home on Tuesday in the first convoy from an Iraqi-funded effort to speed the return of families that fled the country's violence and insecurity.
KHARTOUM, Sudan - A British teacher arrested for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad will probably be cleared and released soon, a spokesman for the Sudanese embassy in London said Tuesday.
A trail ride to benefit the local effort to help less fortunate families have a merry Christmas will cost riders only an unwrapped toy - unless they would like to donate more.
WASHINGTON - President Bush stepped cautiously into the most direct Mideast peacemaking of his administration on Monday, meeting separately with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to explore whether peace is possible. ''Difficult compromises'' will be required but the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are committed to making them, he said.
NEW ORLEANS - The trial of four bouncers charged in the 2004 death of Georgia Southern University student Levon Jones will be held outside of New Orleans because some believe a New Orleans jury would be tainted by excessive media coverage.
TOLEDO, Ohio - Attorneys want a federal court to determine whether members of a university baseball team involved in a deadly bus crash earlier this year are entitled to insurance money.
DEAR ABBY: I have a great job, get along with everyone I work with and go home at night happy, even when things get a little hectic. I love my job - except for one thing.
BUFORD - The funeral is scheduled Wednesday for a Buford teenager who was killed in a weekend hunting accident near Pine Mountain.
N. Gwinnett 17, Brookwood 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - American farmers no longer have to stoically face all that nature and the economy can dish out.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Militants struck at the heart of Pakistan's security establishment Saturday, killing up to 35 people in suicide attacks on a checkpoint outside army headquarters and a bus carrying intelligence agency employees, officials said.
ST. JOHNS, Mich. - Dairy farmer Ken Nobis reaches into a tall mound of what looks like topsoil and grabs a clump, which he looks over and quickly sniffs before crumbling it.
WASHINGTON - Starting now, the price of a stamp won't go up faster than the rate of inflation, the Postal Service said Thursday.
N. Gwinnett 17, Brookwood 3
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dwayne Foreman scored 17 points and Louis Graham added 16 and 13 rebounds as Georgia Southern squeaked past UAB 59-57 at the Glenn Wilkes Classic Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Matthew Hein of Statesboro, Ga., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Claire Hein, to Crawford James Simmons. Crawford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James William Simmons of Statesboro.
Summer officially arrived last Saturday, but in terms of Hollywood Daylight Time, it's been here since April 4.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout Station 7.
MINNEAPOLIS - The disappearance of a Minnesota mother of seven was just a missing person case when it landed on the desk of Detective Sgt. Lee Hollatz. Seven months later, her body and that of another woman were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway, and the former police officer whom Hollatz had long considered his top person of interest is now suspected in their deaths.
Mr. Waldo Beasley
TOWNSEND, Ga. - The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros had solid pitching but couldn't get their offense going in the first two games against Atlanta.
LONDON - Not this time.
BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic."
RECIFE, Brazil - They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the hotel Thursday, the U.S. World Cup team was struck with an unusual sight.
Deputies investigating a bicycle theft held a convicted felon and known gang member at gunpoint after he reached for a pistol in his waistband earlier this week, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
PHOENIX - Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist.
WASHINGTON - The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.
William J. Akerman Jr.
Parker's new convenience store and gas station, at 1588 Brampton Ave., opened Wednesday. It is the chain's 36th store in Georgia and South Carolina and the first with a drive-thru window.