Most deals feature standard card-play techniques: count winners, count losers, establish tricks, gain trump tricks by ruffing, and so on. But the deals that sort the women out from the girls are those requiring more specialized handling. Englishman David Bird has put a good selection of these into "Off-Road Declarer Play" (Master Point Press).
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.
SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of breast cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - At Appalachian State, it's called ''The Game For The Ages.'' Fans wanting a way to commemorate the Mountaineers' shocking upset of Michigan can get limited edition artwork, travel mugs, posters and T-shirts.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's new president reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. charges that a suitcase full of Venezuelan cash seized by customs was intended to finance her campaign, calling it an example of ''garbage in international politics.''
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates, which had been sliding, went up this week, disappointing news to would-be home buyers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Hispanics say the immigration debate and Congress' failure to overhaul immigration laws has hurt them, and many fear deportation for themselves, a relative or close friend, a poll showed Thursday.
NEW YORK - Ricky Santos capped one of the most prolific college careers a quarterback has ever had with an All-America season.
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials on Wednesday suggested that any past nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria would not scuttle nuclear disarmament talks with Pyongyang, provided the Asian country proves no cooperation is happening now.
PORTLAND, Ore. - A highway blocked by a landslide had been cleared of a soupy mixture of gravel, mud and trees Wednesday but it remained closed because water was still rushing across the pavement.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirates freed a Japanese tanker and its 22 crew members apparently unharmed off the Somali coast Wednesday, a U.S. Navy spokesman said. A man who claimed he was one of the pirates said a ransom was paid for the release.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb attack killed one of Lebanon's top generals and his driver on Wednesday, putting even more pressure on the country's delicate political situation.
ROME - Italy's truck drivers agreed Wednesday to call off a protest that has blocked highways for three days, causing shortages of gasoline, medicines and perishable foods across Italy, government officials said.
ATHENS, Greece - Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed central Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday as a general strike to protest government plans to reform the country's debt-ridden pension system brought Greece to a standstill.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 50 Taliban fighters who fled a key southern Afghan town were killed in a two-day battle as the militants tried to attack a nearby government center, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
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.
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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.
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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.
RECIFE, Brazil - When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment.