WASHINGTON (AP) - Someone taped fake snow to the door of an Army Reserve office to create a winter scene. The Defense Intelligence Agency hung a 4-foot candy cane and the inspirational message, ''Believe.''
PHOENIX - A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison Friday for the sexual assaults of two sisters.
BAGHDAD - Thousands of followers of a radical cleric took to Baghdad's streets after Friday prayers to protest a triple car bombing in one of their southern strongholds and make a show of strength directed at a rival Shiite power broker.
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ALBANY, N.Y. - Students who rely on all-nighters to bring up their grades might want to sleep on that strategy: A new survey says those who never study all night have slightly higher GPAs than those who do.
(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that non-Catholics must never be forced to embrace the faith.
WASHINGTON - Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it is recalling 15,600 four-by-four versions of the 2007 Tundra pickup truck in the United States because of problems with a propeller shaft connected to the rear axle.
LOS ANGELES - Authorities arrested five men Thursday on allegations they caused a fire that destroyed more than 50 homes and caused over $100 million in losses in Malibu.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Serbia could only join the European Union if it lived up to international demands to hand over war crime suspects and respected the independence of Kosovo.
DEAR ABBY: I live 3,000 miles away from my immediate family. I am happily married and six months' pregnant. In the past, I had many issues with my family. I have a long history of anorexia, and my pregnancy has forced me to give up my self-destructive behaviors. I would never jeopardize my baby.
NEW YORK - FedEx driver Vito Randazzo works long hours this time of year, but the smile never seems to stop.
WASHINGTON - Consumer inflation surged by the largest amount in more than two years in November, led by gasoline prices. The cost of clothing, airline tickets and prescription drugs also jumped.
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a ''betrayal'' of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site,
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Police have detained the wife and two children of a former coast guard officer who died in custody while facing a dictatorship-era human rights trial, hours after an autopsy found cyanide in the man's blood, a judge said Friday.
Just past the shed, along what would be a fencerow - if there was a fence - the field lies flat and even. Not like a pane of glass, but like a table covered in a cloth smoothed by hands smelling of dish soap and lotion, with vague and uneven undulations that beg to be smoothed. Cut over and harrowed, it holds no sign of what grew there last year or the year before, or the decades of years before.
(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
There is a lot of skepticism about God today - as there has almost always been. Whether from atheists who deny God's existence, agnostics who aren't sure about the existence of God; or pessimists who doubt God's nature, who ask questions such as, "Where is God when bad things happen?" or, "Why does God allow evil?" These are not unusual ideas or questions, and honest questioners deserve an honest response.
The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Troy Merritt felt the fear Saturday he experienced during his successful amateur career. The third-round leader at the RBC Heritage expects another healthy dose Sunday.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano led flag-to-flag Saturday to win the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
TORONTO - Alex Wood and the Atlanta Braves held Toronto's lineup in check for much of the game. Just not long enough.
Editor's note: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.
After Betty Murray retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a long term postmaster, she decided she was ready for a new challenge.
TORONTO - While Jonny Gomes is waiting for a pinch-hitting opportunity, he's never going to be forgotten about. He moves too much and makes too much noise to ever be overlooked.
ATLANTA - Coach Paul Johnson was pleased to report that Georgia Tech made it through a rainy spring scrimmage with no major injuries.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The attorney for NFL prospect Jameis Winston said the lawsuit filed against the former Florida State University quarterback by a woman who says he raped her is "false" and a "stunt."
ATLANTA - They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference - including you, LeBron James.