NEW YORK - Funeral arrangements for Heath Ledger have been completed and his relatives were expected to arrive in New York on Friday, a funeral home spokesman said.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - A grand jury indicted a Marine on a first-degree murder charge Thursday in the death of a pregnant colleague, but a prosecutor said he wouldn't seek the death penalty if the man is arrested in Mexico.
New figures on university endowments confirm it's not just the ''haves'' and ''have nots'' in academe these days. Beyond the great majority of colleges, there's a growing group of the newly rich schools, and - at the top of the heap - a tiny cadre of ultra-wealthy institutions.
Hans Christian Andersen claimed: "Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg."
DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. narrowed its losses in the fourth quarter amid continued weakness in North America, said the outlook for U.S. sales in 2008 remains grim and is making more employee buyout offers to cut costs.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egyptian border guards took measures to control huge crowds of Palestinians streaming from Gaza to Egypt across a breached border for a second day Thursday, but they did not try to halt the flow.
PARIS - French bank Societe Generale said Thursday it has uncovered a 4.9 billion euro ($7.14 billion) fraud - one of history's biggest - by a single futures trader whose scheme of fictitious transactions was discovered as stock markets began to stumble in recent days.
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed an Iraqi police chief and two other officers Thursday as they surveyed the site of the wreckage of a blast a day earlier that devastated a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in the volatile northern city of Mosul.
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DAVOS, Switzerland - Fears of world recession briefly took a back seat Thursday at the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile regions.
JERUSALEM - Israel's Holocaust memorial launched an Arabic version of its Web site Thursday, including vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.
RENO, Nev. - Family members of a student who vanished five days ago asked Thursday for help in the search, as authorities struggled to develop leads and find evidence about her whereabouts.
LONDON - The British government revealed sweeping plans Thursday to toughen terrorism laws, including a proposal to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge.
SAN FRANCISCO - Employers can fire workers found to have used medical marijuana even if it was legally prescribed, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
MOSCOW - The only liberal Kremlin critic in Russia's presidential race stands to be kept off the ballot because tens of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were forgeries, election officials said Thursday.
The mother of one of the five Georgia Southern students killed last week in a crash on Interstate 16 in Bryan County has filed a lawsuit against a trucking company regarding the death of her daughter. It is the second suit filed against Total Transportation since the seven-vehicle crash April 22.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - As the Marines scrambled to the roof of the U.S. Embassy, they locked a chain-link gate on every other floor to slow the throng of panicked Vietnamese civilians sure to come behind them. They knew if the crowd pushed through to the top, they could easily be overrun by hundreds of people desperate to get a seat on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon.
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Three members of the Georgia Southern football team were arrested by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department and are currently suspended from the program indefinitely.
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ATLANTA - Jordan Zimmermann won for the first time in four starts and hit a three-run single to help the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 13-4 on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA - Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 107-97 Wednesday night in an NBA playoff series that's closer than anyone envisioned.
Mical Whitaker's latest production for the Statesboro Youth Theatre uses famous fairy tale characters to tell a story about forgiveness.
BALTIMORE - With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert clapped his hands to his mouth when early 5-2 favorite American Pharoah avoided the dreaded No. 1 post for the Kentucky Derby. The anxiety wasn't over yet.
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Afforded the opportunity to play at J.I. Clements Stadium, the Gators of Bulloch Academy seemed to want to stay on the field all night. Bulloch battled arch rival Pinewood to a 6-6 stalemate through the regulation seven innings before mounting a huge rally to claim a 12-11 victory Tuesday night.
Slowly but surely, the Portal Panthers' girls track team are beginning to etch their name in the school record books. Last year, the track team crowned its first state champion in Unique Mosley. This year the girls accomplished hoisting the school's first region title in girls track.
ATLANTA (AP) - Dan Uggla drove in five runs, three on a homer in the ninth inning, to help the Washington Nationals rally from the franchise's biggest deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 13-12 on Tuesday night and snap a seven-game losing streak.