EDINBURGH, Scotland - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday began two days of talks with allied defense and diplomatic officials on how to re-energize and reinforce NATO efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the radical Taliban insurgency has managed to increase its attacks in recent months.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Because of gastrointestinal symptoms and lower-left chest pain, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. While describing my symptoms and giving a history, the doctor was at his computer taking notes. He also accessed my records at the hospital where he is on staff and where I have had many tests and procedures.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.
OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.
NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.
LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old man was arrested in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six young people, police said, and authorities were searching Thursday for a second suspect.
COLUMBIA, Conn. - A deadly winter storm brought snow and sleet to the Northeast on Thursday, while crews in the Plains and Midwest worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark in its ice-coated wake.
WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.
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.''
Vandalism of gravesites in a Nevils-area cemetery have Bulloch County sheriff's investigators seeking the public's help in finding the culprits.
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"Homecoming, at last!"
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan has received plenty of accolades for his mammoth passing numbers in the opening month of the season. Another came Wednesday, when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the week.
A man caught producing false identification documents is behind bars after officers found evidence in his apartment, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
As part of its ongoing program of recognizing historic locations in Bulloch County, the Bulloch County Historical Society will unveil the 17th and latest marker in the series at 3 p.m. Thursday on Georgia Highway 119 in Stilson.
The Ogeechee Technical College Police Department will conduct an active shooter training exercise on the college campus Friday, Ogeechee Tech Police Chief Stan York said.
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ATLANTA - Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON - The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists.
The Theatre & Performance program at Georgia Southern University kicks off its 2014-2015 season Wednesday with David Mamet's "Race; a Play" in the Center for Art & Theatre's Black Box Theatre.
Seven high school marching bands from around southeast Georgia will be at Southeast Bulloch High School Saturday for the inaugural "Band Blast."
The Bulloch Academy Gators already have five games in the books, but more than half of their schedule is still in front of them.