ATLANTA - Garrett Atkins hit a three-run home run to back Jeff Francis and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Friday night.
Francis (12-5) allowed a run and six hits in six innings. The left-hander, who has won seven straight decisions, didn't walk any and struck out eight. He's 7-0 in his last 10 starts and 11-1 in his last 17 starts.
Several good friendships could be established with some new people that you'll be meeting in everyday life. They will be of an enduring nature, and you will cherish them for many years to come.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Federal agents swept across Puerto Rico early Thursday with arrest warrants for at least 88 doctors they say obtained their credentials through bribery or fraud, officials said.
GAUHATI, India - Days of heavy monsoon rains have devastated large swaths of northern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 164 people, stranding millions and washing away vital crops, officials said Thursday.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The HIV infection rate is dropping among young, pregnant women in South Africa but it is on the rise for the country's older women, according to a government study released Thursday.
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ATLANTA - Astros pitcher Jason Jennings came through with a pinch-hit, two-out RBI single in the 14th inning to give Houston a 12-11 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing skid.
Tryon Edwards, who died in 1894, was an American theologian best known for compiling the "New Dictionary of Thoughts," a book of quotations. He claimed: "The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds."
WASHINGTON - The White House said Thursday that an inspection two years ago found structural deficiencies in the highway bridge that buckled during evening rush hour in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS - Divers searched the Mississippi River for bodies still trapped beneath the twisted debris of a collapsed bridge Thursday, as finger-pointing began over a report two years ago that found the bridge was ''structurally deficient.''
You're likely to enjoy much more time for pleasurable pursuits than you previously have. One of the reasons will be the big improvement you'll see in your financial picture, which adds to your blithesome spirit.
DEAR DR. GOTT: In a recent column, you gave advice to a woman whose husband wanted to sleep most of the time. I suspect you may have omitted another important consideration. I was much like this fellow. Fortunately, a friend suggested to my wife that she waste no time and have me checked at the local clinic.
DEAR ABBY: My husband recently got custody of his 16-year-old son, "Zack," from his first marriage. We have been going to therapy with Zack for some things that happened to him while he was with his mother, and telling him that if he's going to live with us he has to go by our rules.
AMMAN, Jordan - America's Arab allies fear a quick U.S. departure would plunge Iraq into chaos. But despite U.S. appeals for help this week, the Arabs are reluctant to boost support for Iraq's Shiite-led government, fearing it would increase the influence of their regional rival, Iran.
Parenting takes on a new level of stress as "mommy bloggers" take over the Internet and Facebook becomes stocked with perfect pictures of parents with their children at the park.
Pam Lee Smith and Eddie Smith of Statesboro announce the engagement of her daughter, Lydia Lee, to Will Riner of Statesboro. Lydia is also the daughter of the late Gary "Buddy" Lee of Statesboro. Will is the son of Betsy Hendrix Riner and Ted and Denise Riner, all of Statesboro.
Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to "touch" her. This has happened twice in recent months. Her parents are very upset, but our grandson's parents read lots of parenting books and seem to think it's no big deal. Your thoughts on this matter?
We are pleased to announce the engagement of Christina Lynne Akins, daughter of Ms. Kim Coursey of Atlanta and the late Mr. Richard "Larry" Akins of Pembroke, to Jason Randall Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall and Cindy Smith of Twin City, Georgia.
If parents over time amassed a quarter-million dollars, they could afford outright the cost of raising a child born in 2013 - with enough left over to throw in a fairly decent used car in which said child could drive into adulthood.
Question: What kind of walnut is sold in the grocery store? It does not taste the same as the black walnuts I grew up with.
How hot was it at the Brooklet Peanut Festival last weekend?
LEWISTON, Maine - The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.
WASHINGTON - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.
As many of you may know, Paula Deen recently held two live shows in Savannah as part of her "Paula Deen LIVE!" tour. I had made plans to attend long before her team reached out to me in late July, and I wouldn't in my wildest dreams have imagined the events that followed.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years or so ago (not long after Carole and I moved from Arkansas to Statesboro), I learned of an opportunity to tour a WWII vintage U.S. Army Air Force B-17 bomber on display at the Statesboro airport. The study of history has been a favorite pursuit of mine since college, so I jumped at the chance to actually see this famous aircraft, "up close and personal!"
NAPA, Calif. - A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparked fires and buckled roads.
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.
CLEVELAND - Nick Davila threw for 237 yards and eight touchdowns and the Arizona Rattlers won their third consecutive ArenaBowl title with a 72-32 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday night.