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.
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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.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The race for the World Cup golden boot turned into a Barcelona battle Wednesday as Lionel Messi scored twice to lead Argentina to an entertaining 3-2 win over Nigeria and match Neymar's tournament-leading four goals in three games for Brazil.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic held his breath. Radek Stepanek knelt on the Wimbledon turf and folded his hands in mock prayer.
The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.
SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.
In their final encounter with the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, Bulloch County students passed at a rate higher than or equal to the state's in half of the grade-level subject areas.
The economy may be picking back up, but college graduates are still moving back to mom and dad's house.
Being a barista isn't glamorous but it can pay more than similar jobs. Last week, Starbucks announced that it will offer a tuition-assistance program to all of its 135,000 U.S. employees that work at least 20 hours a week.
There are thieves stealing billions of dollars in America who are not robbers targeting convenience stores or banks. They are not thugs pointing guns and grabbing cash at gas stations. The billions stolen are part of "wage theft," and the culprits in the workplace are employers, not employees.
Why are fewer people getting married and having children today? Why do those who have children have fewer of them? Why are more and more choosing to have no children at all?
NATAL, Brazil - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble and facing a long ban after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup group game.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Success for North and Central American teams in Brazil is fueling the region's ambitions for future World Cups.
LONDON - Chasing a shot to his right, Rafael Nadal slipped and tumbled to the Centre Court turf. He popped up, raced across the baseline to get back into the point, and later capped the 14-stroke exchange with a backhand passing winner.