MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Wins are pumping money into candidates' campaign funds. Yet money alone is not translating into victories.
Propelled in Iowa by evangelicals' support, Mike Huckabee is trying for a repeat victory in South Carolina, where religion is woven even more tightly into the fabric of life.
After 43 of the 48 boards in the World Transnational Open Teams final, Bessis, Bessis (father and son) and Multon from France, Fantoni and Nunes from Italy, and Zimmermann from Switzerland led Gromova, Ponomareva, Dubinin and Gromov from Russia, and Balicki and Zmudzinski from Poland by 5 international match points. Board 44 was an echo of 43.
NEW YORK - As a captured New Jersey inmate was being returned from Mexico on Thursday, the Rev. Al Sharpton defended his attempts to get the escapee to surrender and said criticism of him was due to a law enforcement ''turf war.''
WASHINGTON - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week although the decline was not viewed as evidence of an improving job market.
WASHINGTON - Baby boomers and the elderly don't make good terrorists, the government has found, so folks over 50 years old will get extra time to comply with post-Sept. 11 driver's license rules to be announced Friday and take effect in stages over the coming years.
LAS VEGAS - Two teenagers have been indicted on charges including attempted murder in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six people.
ATLANTA - There were two sides to Gary Michael Hilton, the man accused of kidnapping and then decapitating a 24-year-old hiker in the north Georgia woods.
ATLANTA - A waitress at a Huddle House in north Georgia says the suspect in the killing of a hiker stopped there just hours before authorities released his photograph.
WASHINGTON - U.S. insurance companies systematically overcharge customers and underpay consumers' home and auto claims to pad their already-fat bottom lines, a consumer group said Thursday.
DEAR ABBY: I was recently called to come in to work at the grocery story where I am employed because my department manager, "Meg," didn't show up. After I finished the shift, I stopped by Meg's house to check on her. She didn't answer the door. Eventually a neighbor and I were able to enter her home and found her very ill. We called 911, and Meg was taken to the hospital. She's now in the ICU.
NEW YORK - For years, jets taking off from Newark Liberty International Airport have performed an act of mercy as they roar south.
DETROIT - A tanker crashed into a guardrail on a highway overpass Thursday, plummeting 30 to 40 feet to the ground where it exploded and caught fire near a home. The cab of the tanker got stuck on the barrier and the driver was killed, police said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Death row inmate John Spirko wanted a pardon or the chance to leave prison and prove his innocence. He got neither, though he did escape execution.
WASHINGTON - Iraq's western province of Anbar, origin of the Sunni Arab insurgency that arose in the early months of U.S. occupation, will be returned to Iraqi control in March, a senior U.S. general said Thursday.
Georgia Southern University nursing professor Kathryn Anderson, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities course "Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research."
(Note: The following is the first of two columns from Bulloch County resident Ruth Green outlining her concerns with some county government issues. The next column will run in Sunday's Statesboro Herald.)
I was listening to good old 91.1, the public radio station, and heard about something I found hard to believe. Hold that thought for just a minute. Trying to find a decent show on television can be a heartbreaker at times. There are so many of those so-called reality shows on these days and I have a very difficult time wondering why anyone would watch them.
INDIANAPOLIS - The biggest schools in college sports are about to get a chance to make their own rules.
PORTAL - The 2013 football season began with Trent Thomas trying to make a name for himself with his new Portal Panther teammates.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hope to find clarity in the competition to determine quarterback Matt Ryan's backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.
WASHINGTON - The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S. health official said Thursday.
ATLANTA - A roomful of reporters and TV cameras tracked every word that Emory physicians said at a Friday news conference preceding the arrival of two Americans stricken with Ebola.
MOSCOW - Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial said Thursday in closing arguments that the athlete repeatedly lied during testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state - a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.
HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.
Jon Maxwell Middleton
For a number of years, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County has conducted the annual back-to-school supply drive, Stuff the Bus.