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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget, released Thursday would close a projected $14 billion gap by giving schools 10 percent less money, releasing 22,000 inmates early and closing dozens of state parks.
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pledged Thursday to slash interest rates yet again to prevent housing and credit problems from plunging the country into a recession.
On November 23 when Georgia Southern beat Florida, people weren't just talking about the fact that the Gators lost. The story was about how they lost -the Eagles didn't complete a pass.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
PARAMUS, N.J. - Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year - a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
ATLANTA - Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age.
This isn't another column about Florida State or Alabama. They get enough attention.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Things have come easy at the Little League World Series for the team from Las Vegas.
ATLANTA - Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn't too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds.
NEW YORK - The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.
ATLANTA - As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus.
Darley Insurance Agency, Inc. was founded in 1963 by Fred B. Darley. Fred's son, Bryan Darley, joined the firm in 1977. Bryan continues to operate the business today in its original location at 6 East Vine Street in Downtown Statesboro. (Adjacent to the Statesboro Farmers Market)
In 2006, Angie Hitchens and Brandon Blair founded 180 fitness. Angie had managed Gold's Gym for 10 years prior to its closing and Brandon was an employee of Gold's. Together they have a commitment at 180 to bring our community together through fitness and wellness.
Located in Statesboro, with over forty years of industry experience, since 1973, Bulloch County natives Lewis Spivey and Arthur Allen, Jr. own Southeastern Alarm & Technologies, Inc. Southeastern Alarm is the only full time locally owned and operated alarm company in Bulloch County.