NEW YORK - Tax rebate checks gave consumers a little extra money in their pockets during May, but most were still spending conservatively, buying necessities such as food and gas and shying away from splurging on clothing or furniture. The result was some better-than-expected sales for the nation's retailers, with lower-priced merchants like discounters and wholesale clubs showing the strongest gains.
DEAR ABBY: Our parents make my sister and me go with them to visit our grandparents one Saturday a month. They live two hours away. We don't like having to waste our Saturday this way. My sister and I are 15 and 16, and we're old enough to stay home alone. When we are there, all we do is sit there bored while our parents and grandparents talk.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan is experiencing its worst electricity shortages in years, and the signs are everywhere.
Conditions of a boat landing on the Ogeechee River have deteriorated to the point that citizens complained during the Bulloch County Commission meeting Tuesday.
CHICAGO - United Airlines said Wednesday that it's cutting up to 1,100 more jobs, removing an additional 70 fuel-guzzling airplanes from its fleet and slashing domestic capacity as it tries to cope with spiraling fuel prices.
BAGHDAD - A tractor-trailer loaded with Shiite militia rockets accidentally exploded Wednesday in a densely populated area of northeast Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 75, the U.S. military said. It was the deadliest explosion in Baghdad in more than two months.
LOS ANGELES - Ed McMahon, who for decades appeared as Johnny Carson's sidekick on ''The Tonight Show,'' is fighting to avoid foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home, according to published reports.
DUJIANGYAN, China - Authorities cordoned off some schools that collapsed in last month's mighty earthquake, keeping out grieving parents and reporters Wednesday in a sign that Beijing was becoming increasingly nervous over accusations of shoddy construction.
PARIS - The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage - and a French judge agreed.
YANGON, Myanmar - U.S. Navy ships laden with relief supplies will steam away from Myanmar's coast Thursday, their helicopters barred by the ruling junta even though millions of cyclone survivors need food, shelter or medical care.
WASHINGTON - Worker productivity increased at a faster pace in the first three months of this year than previously estimated, while wage pressures moderated.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's king urged a gathering of Muslim scholars Wednesday to open religious dialogue with Christians and Jews. But politics intruded as a senior Iranian figure said the Islamic world should stand up to the U.S. and its ''international arrogance.''
HARTFORD, Conn. - Passing notes in study hall or getting your best friend to ask a boy if he likes you or, you know, LIKES you, is so last century. Nowadays, teenagers are snapping naked pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sending them to their boyfriends and girlfriends.
(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.)
Georgia Southern's Chris Shehan and Statesboro High's Tony Hill have a more than favorable shot at being drafted in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, which begins today.
Shehan plans to spend today on a golf course near his home in Pennsylvania with his older brother and father, who can hopefully distract him from the baseball world.
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