WASHINGTON - A senior military commander told a House panel on Thursday that Iraq's security forces are on track to add another 80,000 personnel by the end of the year, but it's a long way from becoming self-sufficient.
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that new border crossing rules to take effect this month will mean longer lines for those entering the United States, but he said it was necessary to prevent another Sept. 11-style attack. Critics of the effort need to ''grow up,'' he told The Associated Press in an interview.
WASHINGTON - President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday embraced calls for an economic stimulus package to avert recession. Bernanke said such a plan should be aimed at quickly getting cash into the hands of people, especially those with low and moderate incomes.
(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.)
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission is moving too slowly in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have been killed in a conflict the president has labeled genocide.
WASHINGTON - The country's fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., will pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the government over allegations it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled waste water and coal slurry.
NEW YORK - The number of abortions in the United States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest level since 1974 and down 25 percent from the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990, according to report issued Thursday.
NEW YORK - Republican Rudy Giuliani challenged political convention in shrugging off early primaries while staking his presidential candidacy on delegate-rich, later-voting states, a strategy that could be a colossal failure or a masterful calculation.
HENDERSON, Nev. - Hillary Rodham Clinton is accusing rival Barack Obama of proposing a $1 trillion tax increase with a plan to require high income earners to pay more Social Security taxes.
ELON, N.C. - Georgia Southern senior Anthony Marshall led all scorers with a career-high 17 points to guide the Eagles to a 67-57 victory over Elon Thursday at Alumni Gym.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Authorities investigating the death of a 20-year-old pregnant Marine said Thursday they may have recovered the weapon used to kill her.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - When the delivery truck finally arrives, laborer Sher Nawaz joins about 400 Pakistanis scrambling to buy a sack of wheat flour.
JERUSALEM - The father of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip said Thursday that he sent a letter of condolence to the territory's Hamas strongman after the Palestinian's son was killed in an Israeli raid.
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in violent Diyala province northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 10 people as worshipers were beating their chests in observance of Shiite Islam's holiest holiday.
MOGADHISU, Somalia - Islamic militants fired mortar shells and guns in the Somali capital on Thursday, sparking crossfire with Ethiopian troops and their Somali government allies that killed at least 16 people, witnesses said.
SYLVANIA - Screven County is now 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in 3-AA play after a 28-22 win over Swainsboro.
Big first-half touchdown plays helped Bulloch Academy overcome an opening-game scare as the Gators whipped Frederica Academy 45-24 in GISA Region 2-AAA action Friday night.
Archer 45, Shiloh 7
BROOKLET - Coming into the season, freshman running back Chase Walker wasn't even sure he would be playing for the varsity team. After another dominating performance, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets have to be glad he is playing on Friday nights.
HINESVILLE - The Statesboro Blue Devils made it two consecutive wins Friday night as they invaded Hinesville and picked up a 17-0 win over Bradwell Institute.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson dismissed the idea that there is any tension with crew chief Chad Knaus after the two were overheard bickering on their team radio.
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PORTAL - The Calvary Day Cavaliers showed on Friday how serious they are about a return trip to the Class A state championship in 2014.
LONDON - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.
ATLANTA - The politics of Ebola is particularly intense in Georgia, home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory Hospital, where doctors have treated multiple Ebola patients. It's also no coincidence that the political hand-wringing comes alongside competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's defense has struggled to get off the field all season. Now the Tar Heels are facing an offense - and a Georgia Tech team - that has befuddled them for years.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Even without Todd Gurley, Georgia established itself as the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference's East Division with a shutout victory over Missouri.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
Seven people were arrested Tuesday after one man fled from police to an apartment with a history of recent drug arrests, authorities said.
The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that parents may be held liable over what their children post on Facebook. The case involved a fake and demeaning Facebook page allegedly created by a seventh-grade boy and a friend to target a girl at his school.