DEAR ABBY: "Pregnant and Paranoid in Calif." (May 6) is rightfully troubled by the unwanted touching of her abdomen by strangers. When they do it, she should back away and gently remind them that it makes her uncomfortable. What she needs to know is that touching a woman's belly is a deeply rooted instinctual behavior. It is as natural as pulling your hand away from a fire. - GAYLE FROM SCOTTS, MICH.
DEAR DR. GOTT: A 68-year-old man I knew recently passed away from lung cancer after smoking for most of his life. He had quit smoking and was diagnosed with lung cancer about a year after quitting.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A bill that would require most dogs and cats in California to be spayed or neutered has brought howls of protest from breeders and threats from the American Kennel Club to pull the nation's second-largest dog show from the state.
ATLANTA - Professional wrestler Chris Benoit met with his personal physician hours before he allegedly killed his wife and son and then hanged himself in his basement, the doctor said Wednesday.
We are studying eliminating losers in suit contracts. If you have a winner in one hand opposite a void in the other, you can cash that winner and discard a loser. Note, though, that it makes a difference which hand you take that discard from. If you throw a loser from your hand, your worries are over. But if you pitch from the board, you must then ruff on the board the loser that is still in your hand.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones drove in four runs to back a strong start from John Smoltz, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 13-0 on Wednesday night and sweep a three-game series from the Nationals.
This week, we are looking at eliminating losers in suit contracts. When the dummy is displayed, assuming it does not contain more trumps than your hand, look at your 13 cards and take dummy's high cards into account. How many losers do you have in this deal? Then, how many winners can you see? And what would you do after West leads the spade jack?
ATLANTA - Rookie Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered twice and slumping Andruw Jones went deep for the first time in 21⁄2 weeks, backing up seven strong innings from Buddy Carlyle that sent the Atlanta Braves past the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Tuesday night.
BAGHDAD - Iraqi commandos raided the home of a Sunni Cabinet member Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, outraging Sunni politicians and jeopardizing U.S.-backed reconciliation efforts within the Shiite-led government.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 33-year-old virgin, and I have never been to a gynecologist. My regular doctor said I should make an appointment to see one. That was a year or so ago. She said it was to "make sure everything was OK."
DEAR DR. GOTT: My 70-year-old husband has always been a bit of an absent-minded professor, but he has gotten worse and is driving me and everybody else around him crazy. Every day he loses things that are important to him and blames everybody else. He leaves everything open and everything turned on. All day long he goes around complaining that he can't find his glasses. He has umpteen pairs scattered all over the house, but some are the "important" ones. He puts them down, can't remember where he left them and accuses me, the maid and his secretary ...
BOSTON - A trial that opened more than a year ago has become bogged down in Boston federal court. There have been hundreds of hours of testimony from witnesses, including 10 medical specialists paid tens of thousands of dollars. The judge himself even hired an expert to help him make sense of it all.
Ogeechee Technical College recently played host to 19 high school students who were participating in SEARCH (Students Exploring and Researching Careers in Health). The group included sophomores, juniors and seniors from five counties – Bulloch, Candler, Evans, Emanuel and Screven.
ATLANTA - The last time Al Horford and Mike Conley Jr. were in competition against each other, it was for college basketball's national championship.
You are likely to be associating with many more enterprising individuals than you have in the past. One or two could turn out to be invaluable by encouraging you toward bigger and better things.
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.
A man was arrested having a new kind of drug, known on the street as "ear wax," after leading officers on a short vehicle chase Tuesday, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
The passenger of car was arrested on drug charges after officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Saturday, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Believers Church of Statesboro welcomes nationally known speaker Tracey Mitchell this weekend to lead "The Bride of Christ" Ladies Conference, Friday evening and Saturday. Mitchell will conclude her time in Statesboro by speaking at both services on Sunday morning at 9 and 11.
Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market, scheduled to open in Statesboro's Market District in the coming months, is hiring to fill up to 95 jobs, the store announced Wednesday.
Georgia Southern University is gearing up for its second annual STEM Fest on Saturday.
Willingway and Pineland Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities are joining forces to observance National Recovery Month.
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PORTAL - It was barely a contest Tuesday afternoon as Portal bats and gloves alike caught fire to blow Claxton out of the water.
ATLANTA - The Washington Nationals are again champions of the NL East, wrapping up their second division title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season.
ATLANTA - The Braves are still more than two years away from moving into their new suburban ballpark.
The months of September and October are considered by many deer hunters to be the pre-game warm-up for the "real season" when the rut begins.
Tom Watson didn't appear to be kicking himself.
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday he has already talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks and expects a sale of the team to move quickly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.
ATHENS - Perhaps Georgia's depth at tailback didn't take an immediate hit after all when freshman Nick Chubb had surgery on Monday to repair his fractured left thumb.