WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, working to combat the effects of a severe credit crunch, announced Friday it had auctioned another $20 billion in funds to commercial banks at an interest rate of 4.67 percent. Fed officials pledged to continue with the auctions ''for as long as necessary.''
WASHINGTON - Consumers put aside worries about slumping home sales and soaring gasoline prices and headed to the malls in November, pushing spending up by the largest amount in 3 1/2 years.
BAGHDAD - The leader of the largest Shiite political party in Iraq told about 5,000 faithful who gathered Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers that U.S.-backed anti-al-Qaida armed groups - mostly comprised of Sunnis - should be on the side of government forces and not try to replace them.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has made its position clear in legal filings and now gets a chance to say it to a judge in open court: Hold off on inquiring about the destruction of CIA videotapes that showed suspected terrorists being interrogated.
SHANGHAI, China - China's first fully homegrown commercial aircraft rolled off the production line Friday, marking a potential milestone for the country's aviation program.
Most doctors don't talk about breast reconstruction with women before cancer surgery, depriving them of key information that can sway their decision about whether to have the whole breast or just a lump removed, new research suggests.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The militant Hezbollah group denounced President Bush on Friday for urging Lebanon's anti-Syrian lawmakers to push through their own choice for president if necessary to resolve a long political deadlock.
Comedian and author Joey Adams said, "Of course, it's very easy to be witty tomorrow, after you get a chance to do some research and rehearse your ad-libs."
Anticipating success predicated on practical foundations is an excellent way to fulfill your ambitions in the year ahead. Patience needs to be another ingredient, however, to accomplish what you desire.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I hope you can help me. I'm 89 years old and in good health. Lately, I've been passing out without any warning at all.
DEAR ABBY: While my daughter and I were at the supermarket, we ran into Santa at the deli! You can't imagine my daughter's surprise - not to mention my own.
WASHINGTON - NASA will wait two years longer than planned and spend another $40 million to launch a half-billion-dollar probe to Mars because of an unspecified conflict of interest in the purchasing process, officials said Friday.
CINCINNATI - As a fine arts graduate student in the early 1980s, Carol Tyler felt she had to hide her interest in cartoon drawing from teachers. An art form associated with comic books and comic strips wasn't considered college material.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates held out hope Friday that U.S. forces in Iraq could continue a steady decline next year if security keeps improving - leaving 100,000 by year end.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police Friday arrested 14 Muslim extremists suspected of planning the jailbreak of an al-Qaida prisoner convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. air base personnel, officials said.
ATLANTA - For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves are searching for a general manager.
The fall hunting season is rolling along with squirrel, dove and archery deer hunting seasons already in full swing and firearms season for deer just around the corner.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Paul McGinley is not trying to reinvent the wheel at the Ryder Cup. He just wants to keep Europe rolling.
A Sandersville woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday on Interstate 16.
Georgia Southern University alumnus and famed country singer Luke Bryan will visit the region during his annual Farm Tour at Perry Field on Wednesday, Oct. 8, near Claxton. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will provide scholarships for Georgia Southern students.
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ORLANDO, Fla. - In a first for the largest education award given to public schools nationwide, jurors decided to split the $1 million Broad Prize between two urban districts - a past winner with an established record in Georgia and an up-and-coming district showing recent gains in Florida.
WASHINGTON - Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a spokesman said.
The owners of the Statesboro Mall and three Statesboro shopping centers, Jim Hull and Barry Storey, have announced the formation of two new entities, Hull Property Group and BLS Holdings Group LL, with the goal of allowing each individual the opportunity to pursue specialized interests.
The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators have seen a long run of excellence on the softball diamond. Unsurprisingly, each year seems to bring about a new group of veteran leaders who lead the team through a tough region slate and on into the postseason.
ATLANTA - For nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves have been all about stability.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' defense was handed a new challenge on Monday as players returned from their long weekend: How to contain Teddy Bridgewater.
As Brad Keselowski flaunted his fast car by leading session after session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took a good-natured swipe at his teammate by asking him via Twitter to slow down.
NEW YORK - Sure, you have a lot to do today - laundry, bills, dinner - but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.