BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed the prime minister of tiny Liechtenstein on Wednesday for assistance in a large-scale tax-evasion investigation targeting hundreds of German citizens.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing damage from the double blows of a housing slump and credit crunch. It said it also expects higher unemployment and inflation.
MIAMI - There was little dancing in the streets, no widespread celebration. In Little Havana, the heart of the Cuban exile community, the long-awaited news that Cuban President Fidel Castro resigned brought only muted glee - and a feeling that little would change for the communist island many had fled.
WALDORF, Md. - A man who drove his car into a crowd of street-racing fans tried to stop by slamming on the brakes and is traumatized by the tragedy that left eight people dead, his guardian said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES - The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurs Wednesday night, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon.
KIGALI, Rwanda - On ground haunted by one of the worst atrocities of modern times, President Bush pleaded with the global community Tuesday for decisive action to stop grisly violence in African nations like Kenya and Sudan.
INCHEON, South Korea - North Korea and U.S. negotiators met Tuesday for the first time in two months with Pyongyang expressing interest in resuming the stalled process to eliminate its nuclear programs, the main U.S. envoy said.
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - Thousands of Serbs chanting ''Kosovo is Serbia'' marched Tuesday to a bridge dividing them from ethnic Albanians while others torched U.N. border checkpoints and cars to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence.
BAGHDAD - The trial of two former Iraqi officials accused of letting Shiite militiamen use ambulances and hospitals to kidnap and kill rivals was delayed Tuesday because prosecution witnesses failed to show up, judicial officials said.
HAVANA - Fidel Castro, ailing and 81, announced Tuesday he was resigning as Cuba's president, ending a half-century of autocratic rule which made him a communist icon and a relentless opponent of U.S. policy around the globe.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The theft of information linked to recent and potentially massive offshore petroleum discoveries was probably corporate espionage, Brazilian police said Tuesday.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A car bomb exploded near a police compound Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least one civilian and wounding four, a police official said. It was the third attack in Kandahar province in as many days.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is ruling out any changes in its Cuba policy - including lifting a five-decade trade embargo - after Fidel Castro's resignation, deriding his brother and heir apparent, Raul, as ''dictator lite.''
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his mountainside home Tuesday to continue his recovery from surgery to update a shunt that controls excess fluid on his brain, officials said.
DANVILLE, Ky. - Tripp Foy's sing-song chant rang out like a sentimental oldie for die-hard farmers clinging to the old way of selling tobacco, as a small procession of buyers shadowed him down long rows of reddish-brown leaf piled in bales.
Harold Hubert Brown Jr.
The third annual Fashion for Compassion event inside the Emma Kelly Theater at the Averitt Center for the Arts takes place at 6 p.m. Friday. This has become the January First Friday event in recent years.
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.
Walter Eugene "Gene" Bird
After a pair of hard-fought games over the weekend, Statesboro ended its annual Gentlemen's Classic in style.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers played a top-5 team from Class AA for the second game in a row, and got another win.
TYBEE ISLAND - Built by the Army in 1930, the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie five decades ago and had fallen into disrepair by the time a developer sought to demolish it in 1999.
LOS ANGELES - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.
At a time when many in our community and nation are divided by skin color, size of bank account and beliefs or unbelief, one place melded hearts and joined hands the week of Christmas to feed families and individuals in need.