WASHINGTON - Consumers, battered by plunging home prices and a credit crunch, stayed away from the malls in February, pushing retail sales down by a larger-than-expected amount. It was another worrisome sign that the country could be falling into a recession.
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages increased this week for the fourth time in the past five weeks.
CHICAGO - Charges will be dropped against a woman who briefly left her 2-year-old daughter alone in the car to take her two older daughters to pour coins into a Salvation Army kettle, prosecutors said Thursday.
DURHAM, N.C. - Authorities have charged a suspect in the slaying of the University of North Carolina student president with the January killing of a Duke University graduate student.
ST. LOUIS - Doctors often hesitate to tell patients they likely suffer from Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, fearing the news will overwhelm them.
Severed fingers of five Western contractors were sent to the U.S. military in Iraq, giving the men's relatives hope that they are still alive, a brother of one of the missing men said.
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday urged nations such as Venezuela to meet their U.N. obligations and keep terrorists out of their territories.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Democratic Party chair urged Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, the national party and her own state's congressional delegation to consider a combined vote-by-mail/in-person plan as a redo of the Jan. 29 presidential primary.
NEW YORK - Wall Street fell but recovered from its worst levels Thursday after Standard & Poor's forecast that financial companies are nearing the end of the massive asset write-downs that have devasted the stock and credit markets for months.
DEAR ABBY: I'm 26 and concerned about my parents' future. They are in their late 40s and have absolutely nothing saved for retirement. Dad has a physically demanding job and won't be able to do it forever, and they are currently in debt up to their ears.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 73-year-old male with heart and kidney failure. I am not on dialysis. I take Lasix. I was taking three 80-milligram pills every day for quite some time. One day, I suddenly could not urinate. The following day, the same thing, so I went to the emergency room at my local hospital, where I was catheterized. The doctor then told me I did not have a blockage and that he could find nothing wrong with my blood and urine tests. He told me upon release to reduce my Lasix to one and a half pills ...
The year ahead will be an excellent time for careful planning and executing projects that take diligence and persistence. If you have the sustained effort to achieve what you carefully lay out, this will be a red-letter year.
Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, "All human actions are equivalent ... and all are on principle doomed to failure."
(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.)
BEIJING - China lashed out Thursday at a U.S. report critical of its human rights record, accusing Washington of causing the modern world's ''biggest human rights tragedy'' in Iraq and of hypocrisy for passing judgment on other nations.
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Q: My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then. At this point he fights me every morning about going to school, and even if I can persuade him to get in the car, he won't get out. If I try to force him, he becomes nearly hysterical. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so there have been many days this year when I've simply taken him back home. His principal and everyone at the school say he's fine once he's in the ...
The Averitt Center for the Arts, through a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, is proud to bring renowned artist George Snyder to conduct a weeklong residency at Portal Middle School. Mr. Snyder will be working with art teacher Deena Scarborough as well as science teachers, math teachers and students from March 2–5.
GLENDALE, Calif. - Six Hollywood hopefuls instantly became insiders when they won spots on the film academy's Team Oscar, and their superstar access began deep inside Disney's archives.
GADSDEN, Ala. - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.
A demure wooden building in the heart of Portal has been named one of 10 "Places in Peril" by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction...."
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - It's been more than two decades since very few baseball experts gave the Atlanta Braves a legitimate shot to win the NL East.
PORTAL - A three-pointer by Tyler Budgett off the opening tip and then a monstrous slam from Trent Thomas opened the game for the Portal Panthers as they raced out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a 78-58 win over Taylor County the opening round of the Class A state playoffs.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a Sharpie and turned to the assembly to autograph the dozens of die casts, programs and T-shirts they shoved at him.
Nontraditional sports are trending in the U.S., and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department has responded to one of these trends by constructing a 27-hole Disc Golf Course on Mill Creek Road near Statesboro Airport, just off of U.S. Highway 301 North.
"Throw me in! Throw me in!" he shouted boldly. "I'll make a way."
LOS ANGELES - Retief Goosen had gone so long without being in contention on the weekend that he wondered how his nerves would hold up. They were tested Saturday at Riviera, and the two-time U.S. Open champion earned a passing grade.