NEW YORK - Stocks soared Friday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 180 points, after the Federal Reserve, acknowledging that the stock market's plunge posed a threat to the economy, slashed its discount rate by a half percentage point.
HOUSTON - Astronauts prepared for an upcoming spacewalk and worked on chores at the international space station Friday, a day after learning they wouldn't have to repair a gash in their ship.
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I were together for two years when suddenly his father passed away. Prior to his father's death, we had a good relationship.
DEAR ABBY: Say there's this guy who's about 30, who has a stepmother who is younger than he is. (She's 27.) They have a warm, happy, close, loving friendship - nothing abnormal or unusual.
ICA, Peru - The death toll rose to 450 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru's southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets against the winter cold walked like ghosts through the ruins.
HOUSTON - Astronauts aboard the shuttle Endeavour on Thursday were studying how to fix a gouge in the ship's belly just in case NASA ordered a spacewalk to make the repairs.
HUNTINGTON, Utah - Rescuers searching for six coal miners trapped for 10 days were drilling yet another hole into mine Thursday, this time aiming for a location where they had detected mysterious vibrations in the mountain.
NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged again Thursday, extending an almost relentless downward spiral after problems at Countrywide Financial Corp. confirmed investors' fears that credit problems are spreading. The market shrugged off the Federal Reserve's injection of $17 billion into the banking system, and the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points.
In the year ahead, you should do rather well in endeavors where you can utilize all your innate talents. Enhancing your ability to achieve will give you a strong desire to accomplish something truly meaningful.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Please explain something for me in terms that I can understand. I have just been diagnosed with renal obstruction. The doctor did not explain to me what causes it, what treatment is necessary - nothing! His nurse said I must have surgery immediately. Needless to say, I am quite upset and would like your opinion ASAP.
WASHINGTON - The nation's passport headaches may be easing a bit, but now comes the bill: almost $1 billion.
The Woodin Nikel is once again at the center of an alcohol controversy in Statesboro. In a 4-2 vote, the Alcohol Control Board decided to revoke the license of the Orient Express' owner Ace Amerson, who also operates the Nikel.
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.
Statesboro Police officers issued 28 citations for underage possession of alcohol last weekend, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
In yesterday's column, I mentioned that if you never double a making contract, you are not doubling often enough. But having said that, I should add that there are times when making a penalty double of a contract you can beat is inadvisable.
HONOLULU - Webb Simpson made his debut with a conventional putter Thursday at the Sony Open and might have wished he had used one sooner.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - NCAA President Mark Emmert says giving the five wealthiest conferences in Division I the ability to make some of their own rules will allow revenue sports such as football and men's basketball to co-exist with the many nonrevenue programs that make up college sports.
Three people were arrested Wednesday after the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team found a functioning meth lab in a home, according to a news release issued Thursday.
VERVIERS, Belgium - With Europe dreading more terror, Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major attack by as little as hours Thursday, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.
ATLANTA - The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.
NEW YORK - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.
A vehicle suspected to have been involved in a hit-and-run death Sunday, Jan. 4, in Savannah might be in Bulloch County.
It's Monday, January 12th, and the first day of classes here at old East Georgia State College. I've been preparing for today since the last semester ended about a month ago. I keep re-reading my old notes to find out if I had left anything out, need to emphasize this point or that section and just wanting to make the course better. I have come to the conclusion that the course has been revamped to the max and if anything needs to be fixed or improved, it's got to be me. It's got to be me ...
WASHINGTON - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.
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HONOLULU - The sun is shining and spirits are soaring at the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour that seems to bring equal measures of optimism no matter how long a player has been around.
Julius Peppers has his birthday coming up real soon.
Very nice job, Colts. Sorry we are not more impressed.
Over the course of a long basketball season, the goal is always to peak at the right time.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal urged lawmakers Wednesday to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia, proposing new powers to take over struggling schools but refraining from making any recommendation on how to pay for maintenance of the state's transportation systems.