WASHINGTON - A bid on the largest portion of public wireless airwaves, now being auctioned by the federal government, reached $4.7 billion on Thursday, triggering a provision to allow any device or software to work on that spectrum.
WASHINGTON - Poland's foreign minister Radek Sikorski on Thursday accused Russia of blackmail for making threats aimed at derailing plans to allow the U.S. to install missile defense interceptors on Polish territory.
WASHINGTON - Consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening.
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WASHINGTON - As many as 121 Army soldiers committed suicide in 2007, a jump of some 20 percent over the year before, officials said Thursday.
CAIRO, Egypt - Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who was blamed for bombing a base while Vice President Cheney was visiting last year, has been killed, according to a militant Web site.
UNITED NATIONS - In his new role as U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney was playing himself.
MADISON, Wis. - An appeals court Thursday threw out the conviction of a woman imprisoned for shaking a baby to death and ordered a new trial, saying the latest research into ''shaken baby syndrome'' might prove her innocence.
LAS VEGAS - Sternly prodding Congress, President Bush said Thursday that lawmakers are jeopardizing the nation's safety by failing to lock in a government eavesdropping law.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - Gary Michael Hilton was sentenced Thursday to life in prison - with possibility of parole in 30 years - after pleading guilty to murder in the beating-death of a young woman hiker in the north Georgia mountains.
SANDUSKY, Ohio - A nightshift nurse charged with raping a partially paralyzed nursing home patient abused 13 other patients, including many who could not communicate, at health care centers since the mid-1980s, authorities said Thursday.
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DETROIT - Whirlpool Corp. is closing plants in Tennessee and Mexico, affecting a total of 1,250 workers, the appliance maker announced Thursday.
HIGHGATE, Vt. - Motorists passed easily through border checkpoints Thursday as tougher identification standards for U.S. and Canadian citizens went into effect without the backups and confusion some travelers had feared.
(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round.
PHILADELPHIA - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton each homered and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.
FLOWERY BRANCH - These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.
An elderly woman was killed Friday evening when a man ran a stop sign and crashed into the church van in which she was riding, according to Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Brian Scott.
PERRY - It was a David vs. Goliath storyline Friday night as Bulloch Academy marched into Marvin Arrington Stadium to face The Westfield School.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks and city civil rights leaders said Friday's meeting between the team's CEO and the group was "extremely productive."
ATHENS - No. 12 Georgia begins a stretch of seven straight Southeastern Conference games with a team that seemed to take all the steam out of the Bulldogs a year ago.
Friday night featured the 50th anniversary of Statesboro's 'homeless' 1964 squad finally making its first appearance on Womack Field.
PHILADELPHIA - Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance in Philadelphia since he made a lewd gesture as he left the field, closing out the Phillies' 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night with a scoreless ninth inning.
LOUISVILLE - The Screven County Gamecocks were shut out for three quarters, but scored twice in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 12-7 win over Jefferson County in the region opener for both teams.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - The start of this Ryder Cup was a lot like how the last one ended.
DOVER, Del. - Tony Stewart's walk back to his motorhome was halted by a pair of old friends. Two longtime NASCAR participants stopped Stewart not far from his car for a lengthy chat in the Dover garage.
RIVERDALE, Ga. - A campaign event without political chatter seems about as likely as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and rapper Ludacris sharing a stage.
Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the musical giant and legendary singer and composer Ray Charles, will perform live Saturday at Eastern Heights Baptist Church.