GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Hamas prime minister called publicly Wednesday for a period of calm with Israel, laying out conditions that would end attacks on Palestinian militants, open Gaza's borders and lift economic sanctions.
TEHRAN, Iran - She is a granddaughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the 1979 Islamic revolution, but Zahra Eshraghi has long been a leader of reformers seeking to liberalize Iran.
DALLAS - Southwest Airlines grounded 41 planes overnight - about 8 percent of its fleet - in the wake of its recent admission that it had missed required inspections of some planes for structural cracks.
NEW YORK - Wall Street advanced in choppy trading Wednesday, extending the huge rally a day earlier that was triggered by the Federal Reserve's plans to pump liquidity into distressed financial markets.
CHICAGO - Treffly Coyne was out of her car for just minutes and no more than 10 yards away.
NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that shattered his corruption-fighting, straight-arrow image, saying: ''I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work.''
Georgia Southern scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, all without recording an out, and seven starters had at least two hits in an 11-8 win over USC Upstate Tuesday night (March 11). The Eagles improved to 7-6 overall while the Spartans fell to 5-9 as both teams sat through a rain delay in the third inning.
USC Upstate took a 2-0 lead in its half of the third. A hit and error put the first two runners on. Groundouts from Casey Rivers and Andrew Runion plated both.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Police investigating the slaying of the University of North Carolina's student body president may have a break in the case, and police planned an announcement Wednesday.
DALLAS - A woman threw her two struggling young children from a freeway overpass during Wednesday's morning rush before leaping off herself, police said, but all three survived the 22-foot fall into traffic.
WASHINGTON - Congress is considering dueling fiscal plans for the upcoming year that illustrate the unappetizing budget choices facing the next president.
BAGHDAD - Three soldiers were killed in a rocket attack on their combat outpost south of Baghdad on Wednesday, the military announced, bringing to 12 the number of military personnel who have been killed in Iraq over the past three days.
WASHINGTON - An ethics advocacy group asked the FBI on Wednesday to investigate the White House e-mail controversy, saying electronic messages about the Valerie Plame affair may have been destroyed.
WASHINGTON - An aircraft violated the restricted airspace around federal Washington Wednesday, prompting security officials to raise the threat level from yellow to orange and order personnel in the U.S. Capitol to prepare to evacuate.
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening the air quality health standard for smog, but not by as much as many medical experts believe is needed to protect the elderly and young children.
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Wednesday that if Congress fails to approve a free trade agreement with Colombia, it will embolden U.S. adversaries like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and send a signal to Latin America that the U.S. cannot be trusted to stand by its allies.
PORTAL - It took all night for the Portal Panthers to finally take a lead.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nobody in Georgia seems to be able to beat the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators, but on Saturday at the Carolina Invitational, they played a team from Maryland.
ATLANTA - The Panthers-Falcons winner-take-all game for the NFC South title is a strange affair.
NEW YORK - Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Penn State kicked the extra point that Boston College could not, lifting the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
McALESTER, Okla. - Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess."
NEW YORK - A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city's police commissioner called Sunday for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.
The numbers of students being "held back" a grade, known as "grade retention," have tumbled in recent years, according to a new study by the American Educational Research Association.
An influx of immigrants has sparked diversity and more multiracial marriages in America, according to a Brookings Institution article that notes whites are the most likely partner.
NEW YORK - The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.
WASHINGTON - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'
Two seasons ago, Statesboro shattered the dreams of Rutland by barging into the Hurricanes' home gym and scoring in the final seconds to claim a state quarterfinal win.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Georgia running back Todd Gurley has informed coach Mark Richt that he plans to enter the NFL draft.
PORTAL - In the past three weeks, Southeast Bulloch has taken on elite teams from all around Georgia.
DALLAS - Kenneth Dixon scored one of his two touchdowns on an 80-yard reception and Xavier Woods scored on a 69-yard interception return to help Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday.
They kept us on the edge of our seats and brought us to our feet.