EDITOR'S NOTE - Associated Press Writer Olga R. Rodriguez is in the Nicaraguan coastal town of Puerto Cabezas, where villagers and lobstermen caught in Felix's grip described at length for the first time how they survived days in the violent, debris-strewn sea, even being blown into a neighboring country.
MINDEN, Nev. - In their quest to find missing aviator Steve Fossett, searchers have come across uncharted plane crashes six times. But none of the wrecks shed light on what may have happened to the multimillionaire.
Happy times and potentially rewarding alliances are indicated in the year ahead, especially if you dwell in a spiritual search to learn how you relate to others. Opportunities for bettering your world will come of it.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I visit France every so often since my son and his family have lived there for over 10 years. I noticed some things about medical care in France. First of all, when my daughter-in-law calls her children's pediatrician (a first class one, I may add), he answers the phone and gives her advice. He doesn't have a nurse or secretary do it.
DEAR ABBY: While I was visiting, my best friend's live-in companion stole some money out of my purse. I told my friend, and she confronted him in my presence. He lied about it and denied it. Because I had stopped at the store on the way over there, I knew exactly how much cash was in my purse and where it was located. The circumstances left no room for doubt. I was heartbroken, as was she.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has obtained a new video of Osama bin Laden marking the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and is analyzing it, a counterterror official said Friday.
Carol Hughes of Camden, Del., announces the engagement of her daughter, Dwana L. Hughes of Statesboro, to Berma Owens Jr., son of Laney Owens and Berma Owens Sr.
BAKER CITY, Ore. - Two weeks after Doris Anderson disappeared while hunting with her husband, the 76-year-old lay next to a creek surrounded by thick brush, alone and with no food or supplies.
PORTIMAO, Portugal - The mother of a British girl whose disappearance sparked an international search is considered a suspect in the case, friends and family said Friday. The girl's aunt said police suggested 4-year-old Madeleine McCann might have been killed accidentally.
WASHINGTON - Employers sliced payrolls by 4,000 jobs in August, the first such decline in four years and a stark sign that a painful credit crunch that has unnerved Wall Street is putting a strain on the national economy.
BAGHDAD - Four U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said Friday.
NEW YORK - Pity the fisherman or sailor who staggers on deck in the morning and through bleary eyes sees a 100-foot-long water spider coming at him, buzzing ominously.
VIENNA, Austria - Pope Benedict XVI paid solemn tribute to Holocaust victims Friday, extending his ''sadness, repentance and friendship'' to the Jewish people as he began a three-day pilgrimage to Austria.
The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Thursday approved a $385.7 million budget that includes a $5 per credit hour increase in student tuition. The board's approval came during its monthly meeting, which was held at Coosa Valley Technical College in Rome. Ogeechee Technical College is part of the system.
Lindsay Ann Akins of Statesboro became the bride of James Nathan Hodges of Reidsville during a 6 p.m. ceremony held on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Randy Waters officiated.
PRETORIA, South Africa - During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
PORTAL - In football, no team can afford to be content.
For the second straight game, Bulloch Academy will be keying on a player who wears the number 5 on his jersey. But BA head coach Terence Hennessy hopes it goes better than it did last week.
ATHENS - Georgia's Michael Bennett was taken aback when he heard the stat.
CHICAGO - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels was the only Bulloch Academy runner, varsity or middle school, to finish in the Top 10 of the Trinity Christian Crusader Cross Country Invitational Tuesday.
ATLANTA - Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel have little in common except a clean card of 4-under 66 at the Tour Championship and their chances at the biggest payoff in golf.
NEW YORK - The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.
Statesboro High School's Class of 1964 is celebrating a milestone reunion this weekend, its 50th.
WASHINGTON - Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.
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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group's leaders to say his community was greatly offended.
One of the greatest quarterback classes in Southeastern Conference history is now toiling in the NFL.
DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
ATLANTA - Rory McIlroy always thought his big year deserved a big finish. The Tour Championship is his last chance.