Rider leads Hawks past Kings

Guards point the way for area schools

Lakers back at full strength

Josey's Mitchell expected to lead team

Dorsey: Rose should right wrongs

Barkley fined by league

Jags set to play Div.-I Utah

Small program can't hide Derrick's talent

College notes: USC Aiken teams are perfect so far

Dogs win home opener

Classifieds are source of humor

Construction spending up in October
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending rose a solid 0.3 percent in October, largely reflecting a sharp increase in big government projects and a pickup in residential building.

Economist expects healthy economy in 2000

Business briefs: Department store coming to Augusta
Mansour's, a family-owned department store chain, confirmed Wednesday that it will build a 65,000-square-foot store in Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Business briefs: Euro falls below $1 for first time

Business briefs: Euro falls below $1 for first time
LONDON -- Europe's fledgling single currency, the euro, tumbled below $1 for the first time ever Thursday, less than a year after it was launched amid fears it might become so strong it would hurt the economies of both the United States and Europe.

Company to put free music on Internet
CHICAGO -- Banking on the notion that free music downloads will attract enough people that advertisers will pay a premium, Platinum Entertainment plans to give away its 15,000-song catalog over the Internet.

Flamingo Buffet to open in Augusta
Standing behind the former Shoney's restaurant amid a pile of stainless-steel oven hoods and counters, Chen Smalls offered them up.

AOL acquires cell phone messaging company
SPRINGFIELD, Va.-- America Online Inc., which revolutionized chitchat by allowing customers to zap messages to one another's computers, wants to bring instant messaging to the next frontier: cellular phones.

Leading Economic Indicators remain unchanged

Economist expects healthy economy in 2000
Since 1860, the U.S. economy has taken a major dive every year ending in zero with three exceptions -- 1880, 1940 and 1950.

Business briefs: Department store coming to Augusta

AOL acquires cell phone messaging company

Leading Economic Indicators remain unchanged
NEW YORK -- A key gauge of economic activity was unchanged in October amid signs of weakness in the manufacturing sector.

Construction spending up in October

College notebook: Rodriguez Red Raiders' top choice

Chandler looks for redemption

Angry fans spur SEC into action

Wolfpack receiver wins ACC rookie honors

Tigers' Bowden named ACC's top coach

Hamilton wins ACC honors

Mission nearly accomplished

For Marshall, it's win MAC or stay home

SEC officials suspended

'Noles still king, but Clemson eyes throne

'Year of the Upset' in SEC

Change marks Harlem area
With the not-long-ago relocation of a longtime business, an eerie silence fills the air around the vacant brick building at the traffic light in downtown Harlem. For years, the Prather and later the Culpepper Ford automobile dealerships stood as landmarks at the intersection.

World plans year 2000 parties
Party beneath the pyramids in ball gowns after crossing the desert on a camel. Plunge into the waves at the 180th meridian for a midnight millennium dive. Plant first-light footprints in the snows of Kilimanjaro.

Celebrate 2000 Street Party
Broad Street is the place to be December 31, 1999. The Augusta Chronicle and its Celebrate 2000 partners present an evening packed with food, fun and entertainment -- including midnight fireworks -- sure to give an explosive welcome to a new century!

Wants 'stumbling block' flag removed

Cites 'pidgin English' in textbook

Backs TV's consumer investigations

Praises WRDW's investigative series

Killer Lumpkin lies

Notes church's role in re-interment

Bush's bold tax cuts

Anti-WTO madness

Some sour grapes

Protests harvest of babies' body parts

Questions lack of Silver Bluff presence

Capsules
Snoring can ruin your sex life. Not only because it results in your sleeping alone -- the tiredness and irritability brought about by obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway becomes temporarily blocked several times during sleep, can upset the sex lives of both genders, National Naval Medical Center researcher Janet Myers reports.

Plum role in ballet cherished
It's the fantasy role for any little girl who has ever donned a tutu and pirouetted in front of her mirror -- The Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy. Even Barbie has a collector's edition with her in a tea-length frothy pink tutu and pink toe shoes.

Top toys for the holidays
Decades of loyalty to Barbie are continuing through the end of the century. Area holiday shoppers snapped up the doll and her accessories over the Thanksgiving weekend, making Barbie one of the top five selling toys.

All in the technique
The holiday season usually includes a lot of guests, and for brave homeowners who take holiday decorating seriously, the holiday to-do list may include painting.

Memory of sister inspires ballerina
As the curtain fell Tuesday on her first-ever performance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Augusta Ballet's Nutcracker, Julie Sierra received many congratulatory hugs and words of praise.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Writer had 'Nothin' Left to Lose'
It took Carl T. Smith several careers and two failed marriages to discover what he was really good at in life.

In the know
So what if you don't have a jewel of a smile. So says folk-rock star Jewel, who tells Glamour magazine that she has made peace with her crooked grin. ``As a kid I desperately wanted my teeth done, but we just never had the money. Then you grow up and get used to it. And the idea of wearing braces now is absurd. I don't care if my teeth are fixed or straight or what.''

First Friday Augusta's artsy day
It's more than free wine and cheese. First Friday, the monthly art cruise along Artists' Row, a collection of art studios and galleries on Broad Street, has become a tradition for many Augustans.

Dressed for the part
Since October, the ballet has been her life. Donna Hancock is in charge of costumes for the Augusta Dance Theatre's upcoming production of Nutcracker in a Nutshell. So each day the stay-at-home mom cuts out patterns, sews seams or adds ribbons, buttons and fur to costumes. The show, which will be performed Dec. 18-19 at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, has a cast of 120.

Flower-laden heritage helps inspire gardener
In one of my family's tattered, old cloth-bound ledgers is an essay that my great-grandmother Pearl wrote with a steel-tip ink pen about a visit to her grandmother's home place and of flowers conjured from her 1890s rural Southern childhood. Here's a passage:

Holiday activities
The holiday season is officially here, and if you aren't yet in the holiday mood, there are dozens of activities in Augusta and Aiken in the next seven days to remedy that.

Winter fishing can be exciting on Thurmond Lake

Fishing tournament information

SCETV to televise games

Hornets' Staley up for tonight's test

Williston-Elko prepares for title game

Juniors lead way for Aiken

Area schools play for trip to Georgia Dome

Briarwood Bucs prepared to face Trinity

Lynx notes: Nehrling gone

Lynx ledger

Lynx lose in overtime

Little guys making big impact on NHL

Russian winger surprises

Classifieds are source of humor
Classified advertising is the great community marketplace of newspapers everywhere. It's simple, democratic and, as they say around the computer store, ``interactive.''

Dressed for the part

All in the technique

Capsules

First Friday Augusta's artsy day

Memory of sister inspires ballerina

In the know

Top toys for the holidays

Holiday activities

Ramblin' Rhodes: Writer had 'Nothin' Left to Lose'

Plum role in ballet cherished

Widowed father seeks help
Being a single parent is never easy. Having to support a family both emotionally and financially requires time and energy -- and sometimes it's a task that seems unachievable.

Protesters demand fair wages

Fans rally for championships

Panel recommends sentencing guidelines

Mother pushes school to ban book

Nuisance lawsuit resolved

Christmas wishes
Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta engineer Jesse Temmermand (right) applies decals to a toy Wednesday in preparation for tonight's Toys for Tots party at the hotel as General Manager Darryl Leech watches. Many toys were donated for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Change marks Harlem area

Committee passes clean air proposal

Defendant enters plea of innocent

Committee passes clean air proposal
LAKE LANIER ISLANDS, Ga. -- The Georgia Board of Natural Resources on Wednesday approved an air-pollution-reduction plan that board members have been assured will pass muster with federal officials.

Corrections

Heart transplant recipient to return home

Thunderbirds show cleared by FAA
Federal officials have agreed to allow a military stunt-flying team to perform in Augusta.

Mother pushes school to ban book
With today's focus on school violence and zero-tolerance policies, Debbie Jordan never thought the Berenstain Bears children's books would be a problem.

Signal center faces challenges

Rose should right wrongs

Twenty-two graduate academy

Across the area: Plan would lower teacher loan rate

Holiday sales increase in state

Raising AIDS awareness

Artist's work in weekend show

Senator honored by state

Woman seeks answers in missing cat case

Artist's work in weekend show
AIKEN -- Raised in Aiken County on a dairy farm, Gail S. Dedmon began drawing her first artistic creations in the smooth dirt outside her family's home more than 30 years ago.

Holiday sales increase in state
ATLANTA - Strong after-Thanksgiving sales in Georgia were buoyed by healthy consumer confidence, but some factories are slowing slightly, according to reports released Wednesday.

Checking it twice

Protesters demand fair wages
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Union members are protesting a South Georgia paper plant over pay to tradesmen they say is too low.

Poll shows support for election funding
ATLANTA -- Nearly two-thirds of Georgia voters support public financing of state elections, according to a poll released Wednesday by a coalition of public interest and advocacy groups.

Woman seeks answers in missing cat case
Amy Sullivent is looking for answers about what happened to her yellow tabby cat at Richmond County Animal Control.

Board to director: 'No confidence'

Board to director: 'No confidence'
The Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board issued a vote of no confidence in facility Director Jim Larmer and called for his dismissal in 30 days if he doesn't shape up.

Coke could be new tenant in industrial park
AIKEN -- If all goes as planned, the city of Aiken will close its first land sale in Ventures Industrial Park by March.

Twenty-two graduate academy
Standing tall with their chests puffed out, each officer waited as his father, mother, wife or sibling pinned on a shiny new badge.

Coke could be new tenant in industrial park

Poll shows support for election funding

Company offers disposal of pesticides

Thunderbirds show cleared by FAA

Celebrate 2000 Street Party

Defendant enters plea of innocent
A Trenton, S.C., man charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot pleaded innocent Wednesday in Arkansas.

MCG chief files for retirement

'60 Minutes' reporter researching SRS

Across the area: Holiday parades set for this weekend

Fans rally for championships
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Football fever hasn't spread through this Barnwell County town with such a frenzy for two decades.

Christmas wishes

'60 Minutes' reporter researching SRS
A racial-discrimination lawsuit against some Savannah River Site contractors has attracted the attention of 60 Minutes.

Prison escapee found

Man dies after 30-foot plunge
A Columbia County employee was killed Thursday morning when the truck he was driving tumbled into a deep ravine on Columbia Road.

Gag order imposed in Wise case
AIKEN -- Circuit Judge Rodney Peeples imposed a gag order Thursday in the death penalty case of Arthur Hastings Wise, the man charged with killing four workers at R.E. Phelon Co. in September 1997.

Police chase lands man back in jail
An Augusta man spent less than one day out of jail before he was sent back for leading police on a two-state chase early Thursday morning, police said.

Senator honored by state
COLUMBIA -- Despite some health problems this year, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., is expected to be on hand Saturday, the day before his 97th birthday, when a massive bronze-and-granite statue of himself is unveiled on South Carolina's capitol grounds.

County not liable for expenses
AIKEN -- Aiken County will not have to pay the medical bills of an inmate injured when three Good Samaritans chased him down after an alleged home invasion in September, a judge ordered Thursday.

Nuisance lawsuit resolved
AIKEN -- Two brothers have settled a nuisance lawsuit that claimed Aiken County and Poultry Power Brands Inc. devalued their property by operating a foul-smelling composting facility next door.

MCG chief files for retirement
Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco has filed for early retirement and plans to step down in December 2000.

Gag order imposed in Wise case

Empty Stocking Fund: Family seeks assistance after job loss, car trouble
Hard times fall on all families. Take, for example, one Augusta family. The husband recently lost his job of 12 years at a local mill, and he was forced to take a job that paid 50 percent less.

County not liable for expenses

Hotel sponsors last Toys for Tots benefit
Stuffed animals, skateboards, bikes and Barbies were stacked ceiling-high at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta on Thursday.

World plans year 2000 parties

Checking it twice
Ed Ergle gets ready for the holidays Thursday as he sets up Christmas lights outside his home in North Augusta. Lower temperatures have brought a more festive feel to the season.

Signal center faces challenges
While the Fort Gordon Signal Corps continues to lose technically trained staff to the private sector, the training center has consistently upgraded its technology this past year, post commander Maj. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello said Wednesday.

Heart transplant recipient to return home
An Augusta boy who got a heart transplant around Halloween could be home this weekend to begin decorating for Christmas.

Panel recommends sentencing guidelines
ATLANTA -- An ad hoc panel of judges, prosecutors and victims' advocates Wednesday asked Gov. Roy Barnes to appoint a permanent commission to draft voluntary guidelines for sentencing felons.

Company offers disposal of pesticides
A day of amnesty will be granted for those wishing to dispose of legal and illegal pesticides Wednesday at Terra International in Waynesboro, Ga.

Across the area: Plan would lower teacher loan rate
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina teachers could get a break on the interest rate for their student loans under a plan approved Thursday by the Higher Education Commission.

Corrections
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle erroneously said the time Chief Deputy Ronald Strength has been in the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. He is a 24-year veteran of the department.

Across the area: Holiday parades set for this weekend
The following Christmas and holiday parades will take place this weekend:

Prison escapee found
A Hancock State Prison inmate -- serving life plus 20 years after pleading guilty to murder and burglary charges -- briefly escaped Wednesday by hiding in garbage that was hauled to the Richmond County landfill.

Raising AIDS awareness
Paine College students Crystal Flucas (from left), Frank Orr and Misty Kendrick release balloons near the school's student center. The event Wednesday marked World AIDS Day, during which groups drew attention to the AIDS fight.

Brooking says Falcons aren't moving forward

Rams coach denies running up scores

Peter still questionable for Sunday

Jaguars run streak to 9 in row

Steelers-Jaguars: Rivalry has lost appeal

Mrs. Helen Chalker
SILOAM, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Griffith Chalker, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Warrenton Health Care Center.

Mr. John Fariss Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John K. Fariss Jr., 56, of Fairview Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

Jamal Easley
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Jamal Easley, infant son of Kelvin Easley and Contessa Norman, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

Mrs. Georgia Allen
Mrs. Georgia Ann Allen, of Forsythe Street, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Mundy
FRESNO, Texas -- Mr. John William ``Bill'' Mundy, 56, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Houston.

Ms. Hattie Johnson
Ms. Hattie Johnson, 63, of Artmus Street, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Sue Dickson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Sue Bates Dickson, 72, of Frances Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Edward Palmer
Mr. Edward Lawrence Palmer, 76, of Wrights Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Frank Head
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Frank Larry Head, 52, of Jordan Mill Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Poole
AIKEN -- Mr. John H. Poole, 69, of Wagener Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

Mr. Ronnie Sanders
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ronnie Sanders, 45, of Carroll Street, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.

Mrs. Margie Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Margie Mae Johnson, 67, of Rabun Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Dennis Selby
AIKEN -- Mr. Dennis Bilderback Selby, 76, of Seneca Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Aiken Adult Care.

Mr. Freddie Corbett Sr.
GLOVERVILLE -- Mr. Freddie Corbett Sr., 55, of Myrtle Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mary Ferrell
Mrs. Mary Ellen Ferrell, of Briarwood Drive, Martinez, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Randall Norris
GLOVERVILLE -- Mr. Randall ``Randy'' Norris, 39, of Project Road, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Diane Griffin
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Diane Williams Griffin, 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Maggie Richardson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Maggie Willing Richardson, 94, of Silver Bluff Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Laura Brown
OLAR, S.C. -- Mrs. Laura Douglas Brown, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Cassie Scott
Ms. Cassie Mae Scott, 29, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Bland
Mrs. Mary Lee Summers Bland, 53, of Third Avenue, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Margaret McElroy
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margaret McElroy, 73, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Grace MacDonald
AIKEN -- Mrs. Grace Eulalie Hanchett MacDonald, 93, of Augustus Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mr. Julian McCorkle
DEARING -- Mr. Julian E. McCorkle, 57, of Reeves Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Fred Nelson
Mr. Fred Nelson, 76, of 12th Street, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Willie Miles
Ms. Willie Mae Miles, 70, of Lincolnton Parkway, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Dennis Selby

Mr. Freddie Corbett Sr.

Ms. Willie Miles

Mrs. Mary Bland

Mrs. Mary Ferrell

Mr. John Poole

Mr. Julian McCorkle

Mrs. Laura Brown

Ms. Cassie Scott

Mr. Ronnie Sanders

Jamal Easley

Mr. John Mundy

Ms. Sue Dickson

Mrs. Grace MacDonald

Mrs. Georgia Allen

Mrs. Diane Griffin

Mrs. Maggie Richardson

Mrs. Margaret McElroy

Ms. Hattie Johnson

Mr. Fred Nelson

Mr. Randall Norris

Mrs. Margie Johnson

Killer Lumpkin lies
No one should be surprised that crafty former Augusta attorney William Lumpkin is appealing his conviction on murdering Realtor Stan White.

Hits Jackson for seeing issue as 'black'
This is in regard to the Nov. 19 letter by Joseph Diggs. Sir, I applaud you. It is good to see thatnot all black people are swayed to make opinions based on the color of one's skin. Mario A. Perez, Gloverville

Protests harvest of babies' body parts
It is a known fact that there are companies which harvest body parts of aborted babies. A recent article about the brain in Parademagazine mentions the harvesting of human stem cells from embryos for use in research. Elizabeth O. Leon, Waynesboro

Urges change from Clinton's policies
By now most Americans know that the Chinagate affair involved the theft of our country's most sensitive and top secret nuclear weapons technology from U.S. government laboratories. The troubling part of all this is the fact that Bill Clinton was aware of this ongoing Chinese espionage and did nothing about it! Frank Murphy Jr., Aiken

Bush's bold tax cuts
Read George W. Bush's lips. He is serious about cutting taxes. Bush the Younger is his father's son, but in politics he's following the Ronald Reagan example, even to the point of seemingly offering the nation the third Reagan term Bush the Elder promised but never delivered.

Laments usurpation of parents' rights
I think as an American; I live as an American. I do the ``9-to-5'' and spend countless hours with my family. I pay my taxes, help my neighbors and feed stray animals. I work with my children on school projects and always sit down with my children's teachers whenever needed. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

Questions lack of Silver Bluff presence
I do not know who is responsible for ``picking'' the football players to be on the North-South team and the Shrine Bowl team, but in the eyes and minds of Silver Bluff fans a terrible mistake has been made. Juanita Scott, Jackson

Explains Humane Society's role
I'd like to bring attention to an erroneous statement concerning the CSRA Humane Society made by Jim Stringer in his Nov. 21 letter. Mr. Stringer stated, ``The Humane Society has locations that can handle these stray animals that no one wants. Spend money and update these locations if you like.'' Kerry Crockett, Augusta

Praises WRDW's investigative series
Al Wells from Harlem didn't get his facts correct. WRDW (Channel 12) is on our side -- the side of the consumer. The person taking the information has to know the facts ... How could consumers get their money back if they didn't have the facts correct? Claudette A. Susi, Martinez

Defends judge's review of warrants
Your recent editorial characterization of Judge William D. Jennings III could not be furtherfrom the truth. William J. Sussman, Augusta

Cites 'pidgin English' in textbook
As a grandparent of a third grader in the Columbia County school system, articles pertaining to the educational learning format provoke my interest. Recently an article in The Chronicle concerning the teaching of ``pidgin English.'' Tom Lindbom, Grovetown

Decry 'scapegoating' of Lynx player
We fully agree that Augusta should stand behind the Lynx team. Although we don't know how far they will go, but the worstcomments come from the Lynx's team management (office not included). Mitch & Laura Jarrett, Martinez

Notes church's role in re-interment
On Nov. 12 in the Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, the re-interment service for the Confederate seamen disinterred from the Mariners' Graveyard under the Citadel Football Stadium took place. Frank E. Odom, North Augusta

Some sour grapes
Veteran Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy was defeated for re-election nine days ago and he still hasn't officially conceded the race, much less congratulate the winner, Marion F. Williams, and wish him well.

Another 'Nutcracker'
If you have never seen the award-winning, nationally-recognized Augusta Ballet's Nutcracker, or if you have seen it before and want to really get in the Christmas spirit, be sure to attend this weekend's performances.

Anti-WTO madness
Seattle Mayor Paul Schell and Washington Gov. Gary Locke were a day late in calling up the National Guard to help put down violent anti-World Trade Organization demonstrators Wednesday.

Backs TV's consumer investigations
I would like to offer some insight regarding ``Slams TV news investigation'' by Al Wells (letter, Nov.19) Jere L. Bennett, Augusta

Deadly M.D. report
The Institute of Medicine report that medical mistakes kill more hospital patients than traffic accidents, breast cancer or AIDS is appalling.

Hits cable TV for misleading ads
For several years the cable TV industry has spent millions on negative advertising that targets satellite broadcasters, crying and bemoaning the fact that local programming and major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX) are not available to dish subscribers. Chris L. Smith, Augusta

Charges discrimination by health group
The recent decision by United Health Group (one of the nation's largest managed-care companies) to give doctors the final say on what is medically necessary is a step back in the right direction, but it is not all that it would seem on the surface. David Proefrock, Ph.D., Augusta

Wants 'stumbling block' flag removed
I must confess that I am not a Southerner by birth. I have, however, lived in the Southern United States for over 15 years. I understand that to some I would not be a credible critic of any tradition here, but I have been reading about the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag flying atop the South Carolina Statehouse. On this issue I feel moved to speak. Mary Latham, Harlem

Overtime: '36 Heisman attracts $110,000 bid

Jones' green jacket up for auction

Cyclist Armstrong wins Cyclist of the Year

Internet site sells NASCAR items

Els faces challenge of the million dollar kind

Jarrett's crew chief grows into role of champion

Fans are the key to sport's growth

Hubble repair mission delayed again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's trip to fix the Hubble Space Telescope has been delayed another two days so workers can complete final wiring checks aboard space shuttle Discovery.

FDA urged to label --and not to label -- biotech foods
WASHINGTON -- Consumer groups urged federal regulators Tuesday to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients and to tighten the approval process for biotech crops, but the food industry fears such labels would unfairly stigmatize the products.

Amazon.com takes stake in Web merchant Ashford.com
YORK -- Amazon.com is expanding its empire yet again, taking a stake in the all-around luxury goods Web merchant Ashford.com, the companies said.

Web sites offer holiday products
If you need a garland of evergreens for your front door or a plastic Santa for your roof, chances are you can find it online. Here's a sampling of Web sites specializing in products and suggestions for decorating your home for the holidays.

Internet sites ready for Mars invasion
PASADENA, Calif. -- The sights and sounds of Mars will be no farther away than any computer plugged into the Internet once NASA's Polar Lander is in operation Friday.

Mini-Zip virus tears through computers
SAN FRANCISCO -- A computer virus rampaged through corporate systems, devouring files, crippling e-mail systems and affecting thousands of computers Tuesday, according to anti-virus experts.

Nationwide computer tracks guns used in crime
WASHINGTON -- Illegal gun traffickers beware: Law enforcement officials are now equipped with a new nationwide computer system to track you down.

Study: Good health habits can extend life by about a decade
WASHINGTON -- What's a healthful lifestyle worth? Maybe six to 10 extra years of life, new research suggests.

Government developing brake tests for consumers
WASHINGTON -- Federal safety officials are developing tests aimed at letting consumers know how well the brakes work on new cars, sport utility vehicles and pickups.

Amazon.com takes stake in Web merchant Ashford.com

FDA urged to label --and not to label -- biotech foods

Mini-Zip virus tears through computers

Internet sites ready for Mars invasion

Nationwide computer tracks guns used in crime

Web sites offer holiday products

Study: Good health habits can extend life by about a decade