WASHINGTON - Worsening problems in the housing, credit and financial markets drove the Federal Reserve to do an about-face in December and slice its key interest rate yet again with the hope it would help bolster an economy that was losing speed, according to meeting minutes made public Wednesday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest was arrested on perjury charges Wednesday, accused of lying about his relationship with a mobster in testimony to a grand jury investigating a casino owner's possible ties to organized crime.
WASHINGTON - Construction spending edged up slightly in November as a continued steep slump in housing was offset by record spending on government and business projects. But a key gauge of manufacturing activity fell in December to the lowest point in almost five years.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and authorities pushed back elections until Feb. 18 - a delay prompted by the rioting that followed her death.
HUDA, Iraq - Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there are few desks - and even fewer chairs - in the village school's dark, cold classrooms.
NAIROBI, Kenya - International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders Wednesday to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church.
PARIS - What's that nice smell? For drinkers and diners in France on Wednesday, the answer was fresh air.
ALGIERS, Algeria - A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing at least four officers and ripping off the building's facade, witnesses said. An Arab broadcaster reported that an al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.
VICTORIA, Texas - A charter bus veered off a highway early Wednesday and flipped onto its side, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of other people, at least nine critically, authorities said.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. general in charge of NATO's Afghanistan mission said Wednesday he expects another year of ''explosive growth'' in the country's poppy fields, a harvest militants will turn into weapons for use against Afghan and NATO troops.
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey could become the first Northern state to apologize for slavery under a measure due for a legislative committee hearing this week.
WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press.
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ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.
A traffic stop led to the arrest of two men, one of whom is wanted in a Long County kidnapping, according to a release from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Jacoby Brissett threw for 291 yards and three second-half touchdowns to help North Carolina State edge Georgia Southern 24-23 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams, and the debut in FBS for the Eagles.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Georgia Southern volleyball team lost two matches against two of the top teams in the country on the opening day of the 2014 season in the Active Ankle Challenge at the University of Florida Friday.
Adairsville 52, Woodland Cartersville 28
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ATLANTA - Justin Upton is having quite a month.
HAMPTON, Ga. - Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner's return to the track.
ATHENS, Ga. - For Todd Gurley, the key to avoiding another injury-marred season is simple.
NORTON, Mass. - Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he'll take his lowest round of the season.
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."
ATLANTA - Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate.
ATLANTA - Justin Thomas is ready to take plenty of hits as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback.
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STILLMORE - Bulloch Academy raced out to a 26-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Gators trounced David Emanuel Academy 58-18 here Thursday night.