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LOS ANGELES -- Only one film will get its hands on the best-picture Academy Award. Win or lose, though, the contenders can walk away with fistfuls of cash because of their nominations.

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LOS ANGELES - For TV viewers, the Academy Awards ceremony has become a fashion show comparable to the best of Paris - sometimes bizarre, always eye-catching.

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LOS ANGELES -- Oscar acceptance speeches can be as boring as recitations from a phone book - a droning list of lawyers, agents, managers, stylists and publicists unknown and unimportant to the world outside Hollywood.

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Aquinas baseball coach Mike Laney can't figure his team out.

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PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - With nearly a week between games - thanks to the recent downpours - Lakeside baseball coach Jimmy Smith was worried his pitchers would be rusty for Wednesday's road game against Silver Bluff.

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PHOENIX -- The Seattle Mariners delayed their flight to Tokyo and the Oakland Athletics were on standby Tuesday as baseball moved toward canceling the season-opening series in Japan because of the threat of war in Iraq.

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Charlie M. Wright IV and Daisy L. Wright of Jackson announce the birth of a son, Charlie Monroe Wright V, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Jimmy Blackmon of Bath and the late Jenny Blackmon, and Charlie M. Wright III and Gina Wright of Jackson.

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Chad and Julie McFalls of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Cameron Scott McFalls, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Scott and Teresa Peace of Aiken and Ven and Deborah McFalls of Hephzibah.

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Jonathan Paul and Hope Elizabeth Eubanks of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Jordan Paul Eubanks, Monday, March 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Thomas of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eubanks of Augusta.

Lauren Elizabeth Key

Jonathan Cade Martin

Michael Jaion Meyers

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Quincy Anthony Collier and Carla Altrena Palmer, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Quin'Asia Na'cole Collier, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Debbie Hudson, Verlon Wadley and Mamie Collier, all of Augusta.

Zoe Larissa Beard

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Steven and Karen Key of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Key, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy J. Works of Lincolnton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Key Sr., all of Augusta.

Jordan Paul Eubanks

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Richard Wayne and Nancy Lynn Morgan of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Caleb Blanchard Morgan, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gene and Katie Clements, Donald Morgan and Judy Wyatt, all of Thomson.

Hannah Brea DeAngelo

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Christopher M. and Leslie M. Rogers of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Lanie Christine Rogers, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Seth Mason of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rogers of Thomson.

Ashley Faith Jones

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Greg and Amanda Boatwright of Graniteville announce the birth of a son, Kolby Grant Boatwright, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Terry and Liz Toole of Warrenville and Walt and Gale Carroway of Clearwater.

Caleb Blanchard Morgan

Cameron Scott McFalls

Kylie Savannah Ray

Lanie Christine Rogers

Charlie Monroe Wright V

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Jason and Kristen Martin of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Jonathan Cade Martin, Thursday, March 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John E. Dixon of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Martin of Beech Island and Mr. and Mrs. John E. Martin of Jackson.

Quin'Asia Na'cole Collier

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Michael Amos Meyers and Tameka Rochell Johnson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Michael Jaion Meyers, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Willie and Carolyn Johnson Sr. and Amos and Sharon Meyers, all of Hephzibah.

Edgar Leslie Perry IV

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Otto Wylie Ray Jr. and Kimberlie Ellen Ray of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Kylie Savannah Ray, Monday, March 10, 2003, at Aiken Regional Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny O. Jackson Sr. and O.W. Ray, all of Aiken, and the late Bette C. Ray.

Jordana Rose Harris

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Waylon Christopher and Tiffany Marie Blake of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Scarlett Victoria Blake, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Don Cleghorn and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Blake, all of North Augusta.

Morgan Elizabeth Clark

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Tia Donara Tranum of Grovetown announces the birth of a son, Brandon Christopher Stuart Tranum, Saturday, March 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donald and Barbara Stewart of Grovetown and Richard and Hanna Tranum of Augusta.

Vincent Grey Wildcatt

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Victor and Lisa Wildcatt of Augusta announce the birth of a boy, Vincent Grey Wildcatt, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Lido and Pat Franceschini of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Rick and Mianna Luther of Cherokee, N.C.

Dylan Lee Cooksey

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Mardy and Rachelle Clark of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Clark, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeff L. Rowe and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy M. Clark, all of Hephzibah.

Kolby Grant Boatwright

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Michael Sean Neal and Crystal Lynn Cooksey, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Dylan Lee Cooksey, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Lee Swift of Martinez, Tommy C. Cooksey Sr. of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Neal of Augusta.

Scarlett Victoria Blake

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Brian DeAngelo and Kimberly Willard, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Brea DeAngelo, Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gerry and Carol Hudson of Augusta and James and Josephine DeAngelo of Fort Pierce, Fla.

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Mark and Evalyn Harris of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jordana Rose Harris, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Alejandrino of E.B. Magalona, Philippines, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William H. Harris.

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Anthony Fail and Jessica Gregory, both of Beech Island, announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Alexis Fail, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Gregory of Warrenville, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Fail of Graniteville and Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Davis of Louisville, Ga.

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Edgar Leslie Perry III and Dee Dee Orr Perry of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Edgar Leslie Perry IV, Monday, March 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eugene Orr of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Leslie Perry Jr. of Augusta.

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Kevin and Wendy Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Faith Jones, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Arthur and Mary Suprek of Martinez, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Jones of Grovetown and Linda Ward of Augusta.

Brandon Christopher Stuart Tranum

William Dylan Reeves

Shelby Alexis Fail

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Joshua Ryan Beard and Michelle Denise Allmond, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Larissa Beard, Monday, March 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Conny Jones and Trevis and Melissa Brock, all of Augusta.

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Ron and Laurie Reeves of Bath announce the birth of a son, William Dylan Reeves, Friday, March 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Patsy Franklin of Gloverville, Ronnie and Carol Reeves and Connie Harsey, all of Bath, and the late Charles W. Harsey.

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HEALDSBURG, Calif. -- The game "Rock, Scissors, Paper" has settled countless childhood disputes. Now the game is determining who gets some serious cash.

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CLEVELAND -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia banned broadcast media from an appearance Wednesday where he will receive an award for supporting free speech.

Pratt drawing attention in Braves' bullpen

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - While most of the attention this spring has been centered on Horacio Ramirez, there's another young lefty who's front and center for a spot in the bullpen.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This spring's best starter for the Atlanta Braves hasn't been Greg Maddux or rookie sensation Horacio Ramirez. It's been the quiet California native, Russ Ortiz.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta Braves infielder Mark DeRosa is batting .308 this spring.

Ortiz doing what it takes to impress

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are discounting some ticket prices and raising others for the upcoming season.

Braves hitting stride

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A jury Tuesday cleared Bayer Corp. of liability in a $560 million lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths.

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is again considering legislation that would make it more difficult for consumers to erase their debts in bankruptcy court, as Democrats opposed to the bill protested Wednesday the way majority Republicans in the House brought it to the floor for a vote.

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WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iraq move closer to war, oil markets seemed to be taking it all in stride. Global crude oil stocks are growing, prices declining and some analysts are talking cautiously of a possible oil glut on the horizon. Lower energy prices probably would follow.

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NEW YORK - Ted Turner said Tuesday he will consider remaining on AOL Time Warner Inc.'s board after he leaves as vice chairman in May.

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Anything from a trip on the office stairs to a serious machinery accident can lead an employee down the workers' compensation claim process.

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The growing trend of American businesses that specialize in getting people cheap medications from Canada has now come to Augusta.

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LOS ANGELES -- Barry Diller has resigned as co-chief executive of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, saying Wednesday that it was appropriate for him to get out of the way while its cash-strapped French parent company is seeking to sell its assets.

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NEW YORK -- Ted Turner said Tuesday he will consider remaining on AOL Time Warner Inc.'s board after he leaves as vice chairman in May.

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WASHINGTON -- The number of new housing projects builders broke ground on in February plunged by 11 percent, the sharpest decline in nearly a decade, as bad weather and an uncertain economic climate took its toll on the residential construction market.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hours after receiving permission from an arbitrator, Sprint Corp. named the former No. 2 executive at rival BellSouth its new chief executive.

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NEW YORK -- Wall Street notched its longest winning streak in nearly three years Wednesday, as investors picked up shares before the deadline President Bush set for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to flee or face war.

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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve held a key interest rate steady at a 41-year low Tuesday, giving policy-makers time to see how a war with Iraq unfolds and gauge its impact on the fragile economy.

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- The compatibility that drew Clemson basketball coach Larry Shyatt back to the Upstate campus five years ago was gone.

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College football fans have a short memory.

Clemson's Bowden tells club of spring agenda

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier sat in the stands at The Swamp and looked longingly to his left. That's where the new luxury suites are being built - a testament to the success Spurrier brought to Florida during his dozen years as coach.

Sen. Tom Daschle, D-France

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Most Democrats are rallying around President George W. Bush now that a war with Iraq is all but inevitable. Sadly, though, the Senate's minority leader, Tom Daschle, D-S.D., isn't among them.

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George Cunningham was a man of great energy and passion - for both his business and for Augusta, the community in which he was born and raised.

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The shooting hadn't even started earlier this week, and there was already a war hero.

Our first war hero

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Anti-American angst has a number of causes. Some are jealous of our blessings. Some are fearful of our singular power in the post-Cold-War world. Some just have interests that are in conflict with our own. France and Russia, for example, have extensive financial dealings in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Others simply don't share our values of individual freedom and openness - or our love of life, frankly.

George Cunningham

That's leadership

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This wine is loaded with dark lush red fruit flavors and hints of vanilla oak. After my first glass all I could think of was dark red velvet, soft and lush.

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Coming soon to an opera house in Prague: a celebration of the country's hockey gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Hootie & the Blowfish and the Goo Goo Dolls have been added to the list of performers for the inaugural Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert.

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WASHINGTON -- The looming war, job losses and higher energy prices will lead Federal Reserve policy-makers to keep short-term interest rates at decades-low levels, analysts said.

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WASHINGTON -- Consumers would have a harder time erasing their debts in bankruptcy court under legislation that won overwhelming House approval Wednesday.

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Now you can enjoy fruit in your Cheerios without stopping by your grocery's produce section.

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Chicken cacciatore is one of my favorite Italian dishes. This week, I've come up with a soup that has all the flavors of this classic Italian chicken entree.

Small portions

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ATLANTA - Georgia Tech finished. Thus, the Yellow Jackets' season isn't.

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ATLANTA - Theodis Tarver has been waiting all season for this opportunity. Like his team, he's going to try and take advantage of it.

Jackets to give NIT tipoff to freshman

Jackets finish job in NIT opener

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AIKEN - Aaron Black walked up to coach Mike Carlisle at the 18th green and asked him about the situation.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Don't be surprised to see Tiger Woods team with Augusta native Charles Howell in mid-November's Presidents Cup match-play tournament.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The "King and the Bear" is more than just the name of a golf course in St. Augustine, Fla., at least for the next two days at the Bay Hill Invitational.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The road to the Masters starts in Florida.

Woods shows Howell respect

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PHOENIX -- Annika Sorenstam is playing the Colonial this year because she wants to see if she can compete against men. Then again, maybe she was just getting bored beating her fellow LPGA Tour players.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are rivals again, even if the world's two best golfers haven't made eye contact in nearly five months and have rarely been within 6,000 miles of each other.

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The woman leading the fight against Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership foresees a scaled-down protest as the United States prepares for war against Iraq.

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ATLANTA -- Thrashers center Patrik Stefan will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right ankle while blocking a slap shot.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A jury Tuesday cleared Bayer Corp. of liability in a $560 million lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths.

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NEW YORK -- Ted Turner said Tuesday he will consider remaining on AOL Time Warner Inc.'s board after he leaves as vice chairman in May.

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A text of President Bush's remarks Wednesday night announcing the beginning of U.S.-led military action in Iraq, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:

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LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair pleaded Tuesday for his party's backing for joining the United States in military action against Iraq, saying the crisis will determine the shape of international politics for a generation.

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Hours before the deadline set by President Bush, Saddam Hussein gave no sign of yielding to America's demands Wednesday, and U.S. troops rumbled through Kuwaiti sandstorms toward Iraq's border and the brink of war.

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U.S. forces may use a new "e-bomb" during the expected invasion of Iraq as part of a 21st century blitzkrieg designed to render Saddam Hussein's forces blind, deaf, dumb and incapable of retaliation.

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China's new leaders pressed ahead Tuesday with efforts to avoid military conflict in Iraq, insisting that U.N. weapons inspections must continue despite President Bush's ultimatum to Saddam Hussein.

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WASHINGTON -- War against Iraq will be as short as possible but Americans must be prepared for loss of life, the White House warned Wednesday as the deadline neared for Saddam Hussein to flee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As President Bush told the nation that the United States had launched a strike on Iraq, the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville opened its doors to the community to watch on two big screens - and to pray.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Saddam Hussein accused the United States of commiting a "shameful crime" by attacking Iraq, urging his people in a nationally televised address Thursday to "go draw your sword" against the enemy.

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MANAMA, Bahrain -- The Persian Gulf state of Bahrain offered Saddam Hussein a haven Wednesday, the first such offer to be publicly extended to the embattled Iraqi leader.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Almost every ring of the telephone leads to another heartbreaking question Cindy Bocash must ask.

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KUWAIT CITY -- A massive aerial assault by volleys of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs followed by sharp ground attacks - some deep inside Iraq - would mark the opening days of the war against Iraq.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq, President Bush said Wednesday night. He described the action as the opening salvo in an operation to "disarm Iraq and to free its people."

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WASHINGTON -- In a countdown toward war, President Bush is ready to order a massive military strike against Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to surrender power by a deadline of 8 p.m. EST Wednesday. Wary of retaliation, Bush braced Americans for possible terrorist attacks.

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IRBIL, Iraq -- Iraq Kurdish forces will permit temporary U.S. control of key northern oil fields but demand a "partnership" with Washington in the areas if Saddam Hussein falls, a top Kurdish political leader said Wednesday.

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The American ground forces expected to lead the charge into Iraq are among the most storied in the U.S. military.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's leadership on Tuesday rejected the U.S. ultimatum that Saddam Hussein and his sons leave Iraq or face war, and the United Nations pulled its weapons inspection staff out of the country as battle appeared inevitable.

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WASHINGTON -- The opening salvos in the war to remove Saddam Hussein relied on tried-and-true cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs dropped by Air Force stealth fighter-bombers.

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President Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein to surrender power passed unheeded Wednesday night, and war against Iraq appeared inevitable. An American-led invasion force of 300,000 troops awaited the order to strike.

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ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT -- War preparations are in full swing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt - most of the crew is asleep.

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Heavy pre-dawn rainfall pushed Savannah River reservoirs well into flood control stages Thursday, with as much as 3.75 inches recorded in some areas during the past 36 hours.

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - A distant boom. A nearby whistle. A fellow soldier yells, "Gas!"

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For years residents of areas surrounding the Augusta National Golf Course have good-naturedly moaned and groaned about traffic and crowds during the Masters Golf Tournament. Since this tournament benefits the area, it has always been a minor inconvenience. Arlene Hally, Augusta

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My son was assigned to the 319th Transportation Co. from the 498th Transportation Co. from Mobile, Ala., when the 319th was called to active duty in January. Coverage by The Augusta Chronicle has been excellent. I followed the 319th while they were at Fort Stewart prior to their departure overseas. Kenny Bosarge, Grand Bay, Ala.

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This is in response to Harry Sellers' Jan. 13 letter, "U.S. should stop supporting Israel," concerning Israel. Stephen Steinberg, Augusta

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When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began the investigation of outer space, the apparent reason was to ascertain whether there was life and if there was a possible use for outer space. No life was found, and humans could not exist in space without a chamber of artificial atmosphere. Given this information, it certainly did not show that it would be worthwhile to colonize space. Also, there was no indication of danger to the Earth's population, unless one subscribes to the existence of UFOs bearing aliens aimed at attacking Earth. V.R. Kennen, Augusta

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It's unfortunate that negative campaigning is predictable in sheriff's elections, usually from the side that feels the most threatened. Carl Langley once told me that you shouldn't wrestle in the mud with a pig because you and the pig both get dirty, but only the pig enjoys it! Howard L. Sellers, Aiken, S.C.

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I think it is time we remind our "friends," as President George W. Bush said, "You are either with us or against us." Richard T. Banks, Augusta

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I had the privilege of attending the press conference for Mike Hunt when he announced his intention to run for sheriff of Aiken County. All the things that our Howard Sellers clone just announced that he implemented, Mike Hunt had stated was his platform for reform of the sheriff's office. Bobby Boggs, Windsor, S.C.

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On March 6, another suicide bomb kills multitudes in Israel. France, Germany and Russia will oppose United Nations approval of "aggression" toward Iraq. Augusta State University students hold an anti-war protest in response to National Walk-out Day. What? One student simply didn't understand our nation's stance on world peace. Another promoted "Enlightenment, not annihilation." Excuse me, but does he really know what Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's track record is? I suggest he enlighten himself with a case study as to who and what type of human being Saddam really is! Mark L. Hopkins, Augusta

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The debate to go to war is unlike all others. Its outcome can be a decision with consequences more vivid and self-evident than any other made by the people or their government. Once soldiers are on the ground and fighting, they become unique. They rise above any questions of right or wrong and deserve the total support of their countrymen. John C. Guisti, Beech Island, S.C.

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As a retired policeman I have known both Republican Aiken County sheriff candidates - Mike Hunt and Jody Rowland - for over 20 years. Carl A. Pagano, Belvedere, S.C.

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In response to the Feb. 14 letter from my friend, Roy DeLamotte, "Speak out against war with Iraq before it's too late": W.F. Lawless, Augusta

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Lt. Mike Hunt's plans to improve the Aiken County Sheriff's Office are welcome and long overdue. While the sheriff's office has seen tremendous improvements over the last decade, Mr. Hunt knows improvements must be continuous in order to be effective. Mark Stowell, Aiken, S.C.

In the know

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs have developed software to protect children from online predators.

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NEW YORK -- Call it a role reversal: Angie Harmon, once the new kid on the block on NBC's "Law & Order," is the seasoned mentor in charge of a teenage spy in the film "Agent Cody Banks."

Bullies beat up desperate Lynx

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Looking to restore the luster to what minority owner Mark Vieira called a 'tarnished' franchise, the Augusta Lynx have hired 35-year hockey veteran and former National Hockey League coach Larry Kish to be the team's new president and general manager.

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Augusta Lynx defenseman Mark Thompson answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies at Augusta Lynx.

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The eyes of the Augusta Lynx kept turning toward the scoreboard looming high above center ice.

Lynx notebook

Lynx hire new GM, president

Lynx GameNight

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Philippe Roy was viewed as the final and most important piece of the puzzle for a new and improved Augusta Lynx defense that seemed poised to help the club make a serious push for a postseason berth.

Lynx 'Original Seven' say pride is on the line

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The National Hockey League has the "Original Six" - a half-dozen teams that have been the cornerstones of the league since 1942.

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A recent break-in of 12 vehicles at Bobby Jones Ford on Wrightsboro Road was surprising to Lavon Bishop, but more mind-boggling were the items someone took - nearly two dozen air bags.

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Augusta unit weathers missile attack

Minor earthquake causes late-night jitters

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The Augusta Rescue Mission will have more space to serve disadvantaged men in Augusta, thanks to a new office building that opened Tuesday, the group's director said.

Police charge man in rape

Case's dismissal sparks dissent

Group will limit scope of protests

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - When their convoys head north into Iraqi territory, the Army reservists of the Augusta-based 319th Transportation Company will be counting on the Marines to defend their trucks and their lives.

Correction

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ATLANTA -Georgia voters will get a chance to tell lawmakers what they think about the state flag Thursday in the first planned hearing on a referendum to change the official banner.

Teed off

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For Joel Judah, it will be a new kind of training that will allow him more sleep and freedom. For Nicole Heidemann, it will be a calling she loves despite the menace of skyrocketing insurance premiums.

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A small earthquake rumbled more than 40 miles northwest of Augusta early Tuesday morning.

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WHY DON'T WE all show our support for the Masters by putting up green bows everywhere? Martha would know how much we support the Masters.

Across the area

Flooding reported thorughout the area

Pupils get view of other cultures at school's international festival

Across the area

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An Augusta man charged with first-degree vehicular homicide in the death of a Martinez man remained in jail Wednesday awaiting the results of a blood alcohol test.

Across Georgia

Perdue replaces emergency team leader

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I DON'T WATCH reality shows, but if CBS would send one of the Beverly Hills elite to live in the Southern hill country, I would pay to watch that.

Black box gives case in deadly car crash

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BEAUFORT - Officers, experts and witnesses will take the stand in a reckless homicide trial this week, but the most unique testimony is expected to come today - from the defendant's own truck.

Adult businesses use loophole

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Their money has paid for microscopes in inner-city classrooms and conservation programs at a local nature park.

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CHARLESTON -A 15-year-old boy has been charged with firing a pellet gun at Burns Elementary School, authorities said.

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Business and emergency officials packed a bomb threat class given by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, shortly before the deadline for a potential war in the Middle East.

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ALBANY -After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Southern Ag trucking company stuck American flag decals on its trucks and trailers to show its patriotism.

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WHY DON'T WE all show our support for the Masters by putting up green bows everywhere? Martha would know how much we support the Masters.

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AIKEN - The goal is putting more deputies on the street during the hours when crime is most likely to occur, an answer to one of the public's most pressing demands.

Women's group keeps heat on Burk

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A judge's decision Wednesday to throw out a burglary case against a 15-year-old Augusta boy has put him at odds with District Attorney Danny Craig, Sheriff Ronnie Strength and the Georgia Supreme Court.

Hospitals foresee less Medicaid

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NEW ELLENTON - Someone might know where Mary Alice Dixon is.

Medical students prepare to learn futures

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Greenville County's council meeting went smoothy Tuesday night, with both sides calmly debating whether the county should officially celebrate a holiday honoring Martin Luther King.

Lawsuit decries anthrax vaccine

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ATLANTA -- Lawmakers chose a large auditorium for their first hearing on proposals to change the Georgia flag, but there's a catch for the crowds expected - only legislators will be allowed to talk.

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Schools have pencils, erasers, chalkboards and computers, and they might soon have one more piece of equipment - one that could save lives.

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It's open season for strip clubs.

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Fifty million doesn't go as far as it used to.

Travel agencies foresee drop-off

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Before South Carolina's Lou Holtz teaches his Gamecocks football technique and strategy, he'll teach them about Iraq, the world situation and the likely war ahead for the United States.

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As the likelihood of war increases in the Middle East, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition expects to scale back its numbers and its demands in Augusta during this year's Masters Tournament, an official with the group said Tuesday.

Hospital applies for bonds

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MARCH 19, 1958 The strongest foreign field in history will compete in this year's Masters Tournament, which begins April 3 at the Augusta National Golf Club.

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An elderly Edgefield, S.C., man died after he was thrown from the minivan he was riding in Monday afternoon when the vehicle hit a bridge abutment.

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Calton R. Johnson turned 17 on the beaches of Normandy nearly 60 years ago.

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ATLANTA - The day before a Bush administration deadline that could lead to war in Iraq, Gov. Sonny Perdue replaced the head of the agency that would respond to a terrorist attack or other disaster in Georgia.

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - As the soldiers of the 319th Transportation Company awoke Tuesday morning, word spread quickly of the speech President Bush gave at 4 a.m. Kuwait time while they were sleeping.

Shelter obtains building

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Todd Manzi (right), who runs an anti-Martha Burk Web site, reads over protest signs with Harley Jones, of Augusta, one of seven people who met Mr. Manzi at a site on Washington Road on Tuesday to protest Ms. Burk's stance against the Augusta National Golf Club.

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An Augusta man was charged Tuesday in the rape of a woman who lived nearby, police said.

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Ann Bruno and her co-workers at AAA Travel Agency's Augusta office met Tuesday to prepare for possible travel cancellations in the midst of a war with Iraq.

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Today's subscriber of the day is Crystal Faulk of Martinez.

Different worlds live at Kuwait base

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I DON'T WATCH reality shows, but if CBS would send one of the Beverly Hills elite to live in the Southern hill country, I would pay to watch that.

Schools could get heart units

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Col. William H. Maglin II was a bit in awe of the men and women seated in front of him.

Correction

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In Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a photo caption should have identified Patrick Stapleton as a cast member for Greenbrier High School's production of Bye Bye Birdie.

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MARCH 20, 1970 The dean of Georgia College at Milledgeville has been named the new Augusta College president, University Chancellor George L. Simpson Jr. announced Thursday.

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Jessica Powell travels Martintown Road to go to classes at Augusta Technical College, but since the bridge near her home in Edgefield County was shut down Monday, her daily drive has been significantly longer.

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A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Gary McConnell is the former director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency who was dismissed by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.

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Sabrina Dunn, a fourth-grader at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School, dances to a Spanish song at the event.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and Department of Juvenile Justice officers combed the Augusta Youth Development Campus to round up illegal items Wednesday.

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A federal lawsuit is seeking to declare the anthrax vaccine the military is using to protect American troops in Iraq an experimental and illegal drug.

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ATLANTA -- A law banning cell phones while driving? Don't count on it this year.

Reports prompt campus search

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ATLANTA -- Police and security officers started randomly inspecting vehicles Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Sheriff candidates argue shifts

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Nearly every Georgia county that had a local sales tax on the ballot Tuesday approved it, with the money earmarked for law enforcement, highways, school construction and other purposes. Turnout was generally light.

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Today's subscriber of the day Robert Mercier of Thomson.

Across Georgia

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Recently I wrote about poor customer service and asked you business owners, managers and employees to turn the tables and tell me what really bugs you about your customers.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - No matter how bad things get for Rusty Wallace, he knows the chance for redemption always comes twice a year when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series moves to the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Planning for war

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Here are facts about his weekend's Food City 500 race.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- It wasn't a sellout and it definitely wasn't sunny. But things couldn't have gone much better for Darlington Raceway leaders pleading to keep two races on future NASCAR schedules.

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Ricky Craven won last week's race at Darlington, S.C., and heads into Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway as the fifth-ranked driver in points. He suffered a brain injury in a severe crash at Texas in 1998, and it took him more than two years to win the confidence of a major team to find work. He recently talked to motor sports writer Don Coble about winning the Dodge 400 by an inch over Kurt Busch, his physical struggles and the satisfaction of finally fulfilling his own expectations.

Racing facts - Food City 500

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Eddie Jones made two sets of reservations for his race team's trip to the Texas Motor Speedway. One involves the use of private and commercial airplanes; the other involves a couple of modified passenger vans.

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WELCOME, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick was reunited with crew chief Todd Berrier on Tuesday, a little more than a year after the two teamed up to win the 2001 Busch Series.

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WASHINGTON -- From airports to cattle feedlots to nuclear plants, the government began tightening security Tuesday to fortify America against terror.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Prosecutors charged a self-proclaimed prophet and his wife Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, disclosing for the first time details of the girl's nine-month ordeal.

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WASHINGTON -- How long and how much you smoked, and how long it's been since the last puff, make a difference in the risk of getting lung cancer.

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WASHINGTON -- Random vehicle inspections will resume at airports throughout the country and more law enforcement officers will be posted in and around terminals because of fears that a war with Iraq could lead to terrorist attacks on commercial aviation.

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President Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein to surrender power passed unheeded Wednesday night, and war against Iraq appeared inevitable. An American-led invasion force of 300,000 troops awaited the order to strike.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Elizabeth Smart's family is calling on prosecutors to make sure they do not traumatize the girl during questioning about the nine months she spent with her captors.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference can argue it has the top young talent in the country. That list also might include the best big newcomer in college basketball.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- When Skip Prosser was hired at Wake Forest, he asked forward Josh Howard to drive him around and show him the sights.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Austin Peay's travel to the NCAA tournament was delayed Wednesday by a snowstorm that dumped 45 inches in Denver.

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ESPN is breaking new ground by televising all 63 games of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, a commitment the network says won't waver, even if it takes men's games from CBS.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino was never far from the NCAA tournament, even when he was coaching the Boston Celtics.

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Like most coaches, Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson has a few concerns about his basketball team as the NCAA tournament begins.

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Professional cycling race set to ride into Augusta

Race-day rain hits Aiken groups

Sports will play on despite threat of war

Harlem girls have turned around team

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Kurt Garin was amazed to hear that a professional cycling race is coming to Augusta.

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CHICAGO -- Kasey Keller and Brian McBride were among 10 players from last year's World Cup roster picked by the United States for its exhibition game against Japan in Seattle on March 29.

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NEW YORK -- Now that Roy Jones Jr. owns a heavyweight championship, he might go back to his boxing roots in a lighter division.

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After a dismal 2002 season, Harlem's girls have been a surprise force in Region 3-AAA this season.

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When bad weather hampers Aiken's Triple Crown horse races, it's not the track owners who lose out - officials say it's local civic groups, charities and businesses.

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Top-flight amateur women boxers typically have a tough time finding fights.

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The Aiken-Augusta Swim League placed 25th out of 88 teams last weekend at the Senior Sectional Swimming Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Even with Pete Sampras absent and Andre Agassi coming off an injury, American men will be worth watching when the Nasdaq-100 Open begins Wednesday.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- He's 32 years old and a new first-time father, past his prime but not ready to retire.

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The last time Roger Hazel can remember the South Carolina High School League postponing games statewide was in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated.

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Freddy Adu shrugged at the suggestion that he's growing up much faster than other kids his age.

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NEW YORK -- The NFL has chosen one proposal for changing its overtime rule: allowing each team at least one possession if a game is tied after regulation.

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NEW YORK -- The NFL is considering a proposal made by the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs to expand the playoffs by two wild-card teams.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Bobby Beathard has agreed to serve as a consultant to the Atlanta Falcons for another season.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Free-agent wide receiver Kevin Dyson agreed to a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons wanted a new logo to reflect a team working aggressively to change its image.

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HOUSTON -- Columbia lost a "steady stream" of pieces from California all the way to its final breakup over Texas, as wires in its left wing burned and shorted out, shuttle officials told the accident investigation board Monday.

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WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday warned about a serious flaw in almost every version of its popular Windows software that could allow hackers to seize control of a person's computer when victims read e-mails or visit Web sites.

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WASHINGTON -- How long and how much you smoked, and how long it's been since the last puff, make a difference in the risk of getting lung cancer.

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GENEVA -- Doctors focused their search for the cause of a mysterious flu-like illness Wednesday on a virus family responsible for some common respiratory illnesses as the fast-moving infection killed another victim, a French doctor at a hospital in Vietnam.

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the wilderness along Afghanistan's mountainous frontier with Pakistan, it isn't always easy to figure out who's a refugee and who's just pretending.

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NEW YORK -- CBS will expand its coverage of the 2003 Tony Awards, devoting three hours to the June 8 show, honoring the best of the Broadway season.

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NEW YORK -- ABC and NBC ordered its reporters out of Baghdad on Monday, as news organizations weighed safety concerns against the desire to be in the center of the world's biggest story.

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LOS ANGELES -- Organizers of the 75th annual Oscar awards say the impending war in Iraq won't derail Hollywood's biggest event on Sunday.

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BURBANK, Calif. - Tim Conway has made an art form out of breaking up his fellow performers - most notably Harvey Korman on the old The Carol Burnett Show. His skill at reducing Mr. Korman to unscripted giggles, guffaws and titters also generated its own particular brand of improv to get the skits back on track.

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NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters is stepping away from the Oscars, but Joan Rivers isn't.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Football stars Brad Edwards and Robert Brooks, and longtime head of South Carolina's facilities Sarge Frye head the list of eight inductees to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Before South Carolina's Lou Holtz teaches his Gamecocks football technique and strategy, he'll teach them about Iraq, the world situation and the likely war ahead for the United States.

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's prime minister warned Tuesday that high tensions over North Korea's nuclear programs could rise further with an outbreak of war in Iraq.