O'Neill stands by account in book

Two plays share one storyline

Two plays share one storyline
Booze and babblin'. That's the premise for the two one-act plays, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, to be staged by the University of South Carolina Aiken's University Theatre. The James McClure plays, directed by seniors Noel Solomon and Jade Johnson, open at 8 tonight in the school's O'Connell Theatre. The plays also will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Monday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

O'Neill stands by account in book
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says he stands behind his criticism of the inner workings of the Bush administration, but regrets that some of his "vivid language" is detracting from serious issues he wants to discuss.

Mora agrees to $10.5 million, three-year deal with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- All-Star Melvin Mora agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Sakaski says goodbye

Sakaski says goodbye
SEATTLE -- Kazuhiro Sasaki choked back tears when he stopped by the Seattle Mariners clubhouse and said goodbye to Edgar Martinez, Bret Boone and other former teammates.

Chicago City Council to vote on Wrigley landmark status

Zeile finalizes $1 million, one-year deal with Mets
NEW YORK -- Todd Zeile had no interest in going back to the Bronx.

Zeile finalizes $1 million, one-year deal with Mets

Minor leaguer apologizes for role in gay porn video

Judge: Pitcher who killed osprey must do service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A minor league pitcher who killed a popular osprey with a baseball last year cannot pay his way out of performing community service, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Minor leaguer apologizes for role in gay porn video
CLEVELAND - Indians minor leaguer Kazuhito Tadano is asking for forgiveness for what he called a one-time mistake - his appearance in a gay porn video in which he engaged in a homosexual act.

Chicago City Council to vote on Wrigley landmark status
CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is closer to landmark status after a Chicago City Council committee unanimously approved a plan that would declare the ballpark a landmark but still allow some changes.

Girl survives for days after accident next to her dead mother
GLOBE, Ariz. -- A 3-year-old girl survived five days alone in a car after an accident that killed her mother, authorities said.

Defibrillator spark sets patient's clothing on fire in ambulance
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- A spark from a defibrillator set a woman's clothing on fire when a paramedic tried to restart her heart in an ambulance.

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- So a day care center is getting a new teddy bear. Big deal, right?

Inmate charged with escape after getting stuck in his cell window
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An inmate who was stuck for four hours with his head and one shoulder through a cell window has been charged with felony escape.

Odds and Ends
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Fran Lasee is 83, but the numbers are on his side.

Hearing set for fraternity member accused of killing raccoon
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity member who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity will be in court on Feb. 5.

Hampton Inn announces $80 million upgrade
For hotel companies trying to fluff up profits, it's become all about the bed.

Firms learn health tactics
In between hiring and firing, it makes good business sense for human resource managers to keep their employees healthy.

Consumer confidence rises in January

Apple to build a second supercomputer at Virginia Tech

Prosecutor: Martha Stewart had tip no one else had
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart lied to investigators and committed "serious federal crimes" by selling off nearly 4,000 shares of stock based on a tip no one else had, a prosecutor charged Tuesday.

Federal judge dismisses customer DSL suit against BellSouth
MIAMI -- A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit that claimed BellSouth Corp. broke antitrust law by requiring customers seeking high-speed DSL lines to buy its local phone service.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence strengthened in January, rising to its highest level since mid-2002, an industry group reported Tuesday.

Apple to build a second supercomputer at Virginia Tech
ROANOKE, Va. -- After building one of the world's fastest supercomputers on its first try, Apple Computer Inc. is again teaming with Virginia Tech to make another high performance machine using its new 64-bit Xserve G5 computer.

Will the Parmalat scam spatter all Italian business?
PARMA, Italy -- Italian business leaders are worried about the Parmalat case, fearful that the brazen fraud could stain the country's reputation, already saddled with persistent stereotypes of Mafia thuggery and corruption.

Will the Parmalat scam spatter all Italian business?

Fed holds key short-term rate steady at 45-year low
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, not wanting to upset the economic recovery, held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Wednesday. But the central bank hinted that rates could move higher in the future.

Congress discusses indecency on TV, radio after FCC record fine

Virus poses as error message
NEW YORK - The continued spread Tuesday of a cleverly engineered computer virus exposes a key flaw in the global embrace of technology: Its users are human.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady at 45-year low

Damage claims pile up after area ice storm
Raymond Bork did everything right after a tree weighed down by ice snapped and smashed into his Columbia County home Monday evening.

Business briefs

Bank of Italy rejects criticism in Parmalat scandal
ROME -- The head of the Bank of Italy on Tuesday rejected claims the central bank failed to heed signals that something was wrong at Parmalat before a fraud scandal erupted at the dairy giant, but said the nation's stock market watchdog needs more powers.

Prosecutor: Martha Stewart had tip no one else had

Damage claims pile up after area ice storm

Bank of Italy rejects criticism in Parmalat scandal

Congress discusses indecency on TV, radio after FCC record fine
WASHINGTON -- Federal broadcast regulators insisted to skeptical lawmakers Wednesday that they have aggressively enforced laws designed to keep indecent programming off radio and television.

Firms learn health tactics

South Carolina jobless rate drops in December
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's jobless rate dropped to 6.1 percent in December, after reaching 6.9 percent in November.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, not wanting to upset the economic recovery, held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Wednesday.

Consumer confidence rises in January
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence strengthened in January, rising to its highest level since mid-2002, an industry group reported Tuesday.

FCC proposes fining Clear Channel $755,000 for obscenity
WASHINGTON -- The government proposed a $755,000 fine against Clear Channel Communications on Tuesday for a sexually explicit radio show aired on four stations.

Federal judge dismisses customer DSL suit against BellSouth

South Carolina jobless rate drops in December

Three 2004 signees already at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three of Tennessee's 2004 signees are ahead of the game, already taking classes and preparing for spring practice.

Texas State fires AD and football coach after inquiry
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Texas State fired athletic director Greg LaFleur and football coach Manny Matsakis on Wednesday after an internal investigation uncovered NCAA rules violations.

Auburn announces next two football schedules

Texas State fires AD and football coach after inquiry

Auburn announces next two football schedules
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will open next football season against Louisiana-Monroe and has scheduled future nonconference games against Tulane and South Florida.

Greenbrier lineman picks Iowa
When offensive lineman Rashad Dunn committed to Iowa earlier this week, he became the first-ever Greenbrier player to land a scholarship at a Division I-A school.

Three 2004 signees already at Tennessee

Greenbrier lineman picks Iowa

Lady Jaguars falter

Second half sustains Jags

Indiana upsets Purdue

Cool response to ice

Thin ice

Intelligence deficit

The 'comeback kid'

A crushing responsibility
OK, so here's what you've got in Reinaldo Rivera: a psychopathic serial killer/rapist who admits he did it and will do it again - the poster boy for the death penalty. Open and shut case? Easy time of it?

Cool response to ice
One thing you can say about this week's devastating ice storm is that for a brief while it turned our region into a winter wonderland - what you'd like to see on a Christmas Eve.

The 'comeback kid'
Talk about the "comeback kid" - that would be U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts liberal whose presidential candidacy seemed dead in the water less than a month ago.

A crushing responsibility

Intelligence deficit
David Kay, head of the U.S. weapons search team in Iraq, says that after months of searching he's convinced there are no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The WMD hunt will continue, but under a new boss; Kay has stepped down.

Thin ice
We do not hold that our elected officials must be perfect. That is why we're disinclined to seek Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek's resignation for his DUI arrest on Sunday.

Adam's Lounge to be busy for Super Sunday
At the Holiday Inn West, 1075 Stevens Creek Road, you have two options: Check into a hotel room and end your day, or head into Adam's Lounge next to the lobby and start your night.

People in the News
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Wallace says he doesn't blame Barbara Walters for her decision to step down from ABC's "20/20," the newsmagazine she's called home since 1979.

Halle Berry 'just fine' after accident on 'Catwoman' set
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Halle Berry was taken to a hospital after colliding with a piece of set equipment while filming a running scene for "Catwoman" but is now back at work, production spokesman Joe Everett said.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Stuff to do
The Augusta Futurity cutting horse competition continues its 10-day run through Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Call 823-3417.

Extras, extras
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in Revolution Studios' uplifting drama Radio.

Stocks plunge after Fed announcements

Mutual fund whistleblower tells of beating; fund fees denounced
WASHINGTON -- He was dragged from his car and beaten with a brick after confronting an investment-company superior about trading abuses in mutual funds, Peter Scannell told Congress.

Mutual fund whistleblower tells of beating; fund fees denounced

Stocks pull back following big day of gains
NEW YORK -- Investors intent on preserving profits looked past positive earnings reports Tuesday and sent stocks sharply lower. Technology stocks saw steep declines on a disappointing outlook from chip maker Novellus Systems Inc.

Stocks pull back following big day of gains

Employers could save billions with pension relief bill before Senate
WASHINGTON -- The Senate moved toward a vote Wednesday on legislation to reconfigure how employers pay into their pension plans, potentially saving them tens of billions of dollars that could go toward new investment and hiring.

Whispers return to Wall Street

Stocks plunge after Fed announcements
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell sharply Wednesday as the Federal Reserve, shifting its stance on interest rates, signaled that an increase is coming. The Dow Jones industrials tumbled more than 140 points.

Putnam says it will lower fees, improve disclosure
BOSTON -- Battered by revelations of market timing abuses, Putnam Investments is working to regain investor confidence by lowering a range of fees for its mutual funds and improving disclosure about its practices.

Whispers return to Wall Street
NEW YORK -- It didn't matter that earnings from companies like Yahoo and Intel surpassed analysts' expectations earlier this month. Their stocks still fell, partly because their results missed the so-called "whisper numbers."

Tax tip: Your old car can be a tax deduction
WASHINGTON -- Donating a car to a favorite charity can be a great way to help a good cause and secure a tax deduction. But the IRS warns that charities sometimes get far less from donated vehicles than taxpayers assume.

Cattle futures trading prior to mad cow confirmation investigated
WASHINGTON -- A federal investigation has been launched to determine whether commodities traders profited last month from advance knowledge of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease.

Tax tip: Your old car can be a tax deduction

Stocks plunge after Fed announcements

Employers could save billions with pension relief bill before Senate

Interest in bison growing as beef alternative

Dining out
Reviews of restaurants in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Tilly's provides casual charm, simple elegance

Tilly's provides casual charm, simple elegance
Tilly's Peas and Butter Beans restaurant on Wrightsboro Road provides country cooking with simple elegant decor. The recently opened restaurant packs in customers every day.

Interest in bison growing as beef alternative
DENVER -- A bison boomlet is under way as Americans look for an Atkins diet-friendly and mad cow-proof alternative to beef.

Dining out

Rapp, Rice win big in lottery

Texan shines in rare Augusta appearance

Former champs advance
If last year was a barometer of success, Tag Rice and Chiquita Pistol might be OK.

Rapp, Rice win big in lottery
Mary Ann Rapp clutched her yellow ping-pong ball marked with a black No. 1.

Draw surrounded by intrigue
Cowboys and cowgirls will take a pause from their regular line of work today to play a Western version of chess.

Texan shines in rare Augusta appearance
If you think Jim Ware is your ordinary cutter, listen to him speak.

Draw surrounded by intrigue

Former champs advance

Elder fends off Tigers
ATLANTA - Now that should end all the slump talk.

'Will the Thrill' wowing 'em at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Will Bynum always wanted more from life than what he saw daily on Chicago's mean streets.

Elder fends off Tigers

'Will the Thrill' wowing 'em at Georgia Tech

Els gets ready to defend Johnnie Walker Classic title

Mickelson bounces back

Els gets ready to defend Johnnie Walker Classic title
PATHUM THANI, Thailand -- Ernie Els is hoping to defend his second title in as many tournaments when the Johnnie Walker Classic begins Thursday.

Driver testing starts with manufacturers
Skip Kendall's reaction was typical of most players when asked if he had submitted his driver to be tested for springlike effect.

Mickelson bounces back
The story might sound familiar.

Driver testing starts with manufacturers

Icy weather freezes games

Prep basketball scores

Red Wings' Hasek may return to ice in week

Heatley set to return Wednesday
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley's quick return to the ice couldn't come at a better time for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Heatley set to return Wednesday

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision
PITTSBURGH -- Looks as though the Pittsburgh Penguins will have rookie Marc-Andre Fleury in net much longer than they once expected.

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision

Heatley returns four months after fatal wreck
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley's body has healed. His heart is another matter.

Heatley returns four months after fatal wreck

Canucks recall Grenier
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks recalled defenseman Martin Grenier from Manitoba of the AHL on Wednesday.

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision

Red Wings' Hasek may return to ice in week
DETROIT -- Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek's injured groin has improved and the Red Wings expect him to be able to skate again in about a week.

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision
PITTSBURGH -- Looks as though the Pittsburgh Penguins will have rookie Marc-Andre Fleury in net much longer than they once expected.

Spice up Super Bowl with Hawaiian treat
The Super Bowl is a nationwide event - leading to gatherings of family, friends and neighbors.

Spice up Super Bowl with Hawaiian treat

Blythe residents asked to conserve water
Blythe residents are being asked to conserve their water usage today until the town's water works department can restore a water pump that has quit working.

Richmond schools to open Thursday; Aiken schools remain closed
Richmond County schools will reopen Thursday, but Aiken County will remain closed.

James Brown released after bond hearing
AIKEN - Professing his love for his wife, entertainer James Brown was whisked away by limousine from the Aiken County Detention Center this morning after being released on his own recognizance on a charge of criminal domestic violence for alleged spousal abuse.

7,000 in Aiken County still without power
More than 7,000 Aiken County residents are still without electricity this morning after an ice storm Monday that knocked out power all over the Augusta-Aiken area.

Thousands still without electricity
Thousands of Augustans have had their power restored after Monday's ice storm, which caused untold amounts of damage, but thousands in the area are still without power this morning, officials said.

James Brown arrested for domestic violence
AIKEN - Legendary soul singer James Brown was arrested today on a charge of criminal domestic violence and was booked at the Aiken County detention center at about 1 p.m., said Lt. Nicholas Gallam, a supervisor at the jail.

Boshears named director at Augusta Regional Airport
The Augusta Aviation Commission unanimously voted today in favor of naming Buster Boshears as the new full-time director at Augusta Regional Airport.

Clark represents the worst of America's divisiveness
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a Democratic candidate for president of the United States, represents the worst of America. He demonstrates what remains our greatest challenge in our still very divided country. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Renews belief that reproductive freedom is paramount
A letter by Jim Irish on Jan. 21, "Roe v. Wade: children murdered in the name of 'choice,"' requires a retort from someone who is offended by extremists who carry a blatant disregard for people's freedom of choice. James Epps, Augusta

Cartoon on space program down to earth; let's stay home

Comic destructive to racial harmony

Cartoon on space program down to earth; let's stay home
Rick McKee's Jan. 17 editorial cartoon was right on target. The space walker on the highway to Mars made of stacked dollars is a graphic reminder that we have some space-extremist leaders in our NASA program. President George W. Bush in recent remarks has joined them. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, Ga.

Bush's war has not made us any safer

Comic destructive to racial harmony
I read your paper regularly and enjoy the diverse opinions expressed by contributors and other readers on your editorial pages. But when I read the comic section, I am seeking humor - not political commentary. The Boondocks is pure, one-sided, racist, political opinion masquerading as humor, and has no place in the comic section. Alan Oester, Martinez, Ga.

Clark represents the worst of America's divisiveness

Bush's war has not made us any safer
After watching the State of the Union address, we are surprised that President George W. Bush was even a "C" student at Yale. If he ever submitted a paper filled with such platitudes and half-truths, as was in the State of the Union address, we suspect he would have received an "F." Does President Bush see the American public as gullible and so easily misled? Harold M. Szerlip, David J. Szerlip Martinez, Ga.

Government begins work on CO2 storage project at Teapot Dome

Experts gather for emergency bird flu meeting in Bangkok

Government bans cattle blood in feed, nears end of probe

Living briefs

Homeland Security to offer free e-mails with cyber warnings

Getting a grip on the game

NASA's photos of Mars rocks reflect martian history

Health and fitness calendar

Rover sends photos from Mars

Living briefs

Study involving mice suggests mother's diet may influence babies' life span

Researchers say chemical reduction during sleep helps memory

WHO: Chances good for beating bird flu

Experts gather for emergency bird flu meeting in Bangkok
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Two sisters in Vietnam became the latest victims of Asia's bird flu crisis Wednesday, as ministers from across the region convened an emergency meeting with international health experts in the Thai capital.

Study involving mice suggests mother's diet may influence babies' life span
Experiments with mice suggest that life span may be related to what your mother ate during pregnancy.

Decline in shark attacks reported worldwide for 3rd straight year
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The number of shark attacks worldwide has dropped 30 percent over the past three years, good news for surfers but apparently bad news for sharks.

Rover sends photos from Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA scientists on Tuesday unveiled a high-resolution photograph of an intriguing slab of martian bedrock just yards from the Opportunity rover, while they worked to avoid the computer problems that crippled its twin, Spirit.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

WHO: Chances good for beating bird flu
BANGKOK, Thailand -- There is a good chance of preventing the bird flu outbreak sweeping Asia from taking root in the human population, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Getting a grip on the game
Amid the hoopla and high-fives as the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots prepare to take the field for the 38th annual Super Bowl, it's hard to imagine the humble beginning of such a sport juggernaut.

Government bans cattle blood in feed, nears end of probe
WASHINGTON -- The government is banning the use of cattle blood in livestock feed in an effort to ward off an outbreak of mad cow disease.

Government begins work on CO2 storage project at Teapot Dome
CASPER, Wyo. -- The government is trying to bury something at its Teapot Dome oil field again. Not secret oil leases, as it did during an infamous scandal of the 1920s, but carbon dioxide - lots of it.

Computer virus experts say latest e-mail worm vicious
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An e-mail worm that looks like a normal error message but actually contains a malicious program continued to snarl computers around the world on Tuesday.

Homeland Security to offer free e-mails with cyber warnings
WASHINGTON -- Aiming to increase Internet security, the government is now offering Americans free cyber alerts and computer advice from the Homeland Security Department.

Researchers say chemical reduction during sleep helps memory
WASHINGTON -- A reduction in the level of a chemical during certain types of sleep allows the brain to replay activities, which helps fix memories, German researchers report.

Living briefs
The Idaho Potato Commission is looking for a few good spuds.

Living briefs
They may seem more like old friends than science-fiction characters, but anyway, here's a chance to catch both of the live-action Flintstones movies: The Flintstones (1994) at 7 and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) at 9 on Sci-Fi.

NASA's photos of Mars rocks reflect martian history
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA on Wednesday released the first color photographs taken by the rover Opportunity of layers of martian rock that could have been formed by water.

Lynx slap shots

Lynx slap shots
Coming up, Friday at 7:05 p.m. the Augusta Lynx travel to Reading to duke it out on the ice with the Reading Royals.

Swinson's future remains cloudy
Veteran defenseman Wes Swinson's days with the Augusta Lynx are over, but where he will end up was unclear Tuesday.

Swinson's future remains cloudy

Officials push to appoint posts
COLUMBIA - State constitutional officers had their first opportunity Wednesday to talk about proposed legislation that would make their positions appointed rather than elected.

Judge rules ordinances sought by residents illegal

Fire officials across state push for sprinkler systems

Senator pushes for casino gambling
AIKEN - Charleston Sen. Robert Ford might be one of the only believers at the table, but that hasn't stopped him from playing a hand that would legalize casino gambling in South Carolina.

Charleston's mean streets take toll on community
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dusk gave way to night as Henry Wright sat outside an elegant Market Street hotel, carefully rolling a sprig of rosemary and a short-stemmed yellow rose into a crumpled wedge of tinfoil.

Lawman suspects more victims
"I took the lives of so many people," Reinaldo Rivera told the jury which ultimately sentenced him to death.

State may cut funds for science center
Augusta area state legislators said Wednesday that the state may have cut several thousand dollars from funding for the National Science Center.

Residents get answers on county Fire Master Plan
Harlem, Grovetown and Columbia County fire department officials did not get a formal explanation of the county's recently released Fire Master Plan at Tuesday's Community and Emergency Services Committee meeting.

Finished job to be studied
Within the next few weeks, Augusta city officials plan to study an area once called the Hephzibah Grand Canyon.

Bad weather promotes togetherness
While deciding whether the Medical College of Georgia should close because of icy weather, Mitch Jones was busy playing Uno with his children.

Cingular Teen Distracted Driving Program Reaches 5.6 Million Students
ATLANTA,-- Cingular Wireless' award-winning teen distracted driving program ended 2003 having reached approximately 5.6 million students, up from two million at the end of 2002. More than 14,500 high schools and 2,100 professional driving schools in all 50 states are using the program, which Cingular created in 2002 as part of Be Sensible, a public service campaign to educate and remind consumers nationwide about safe and courteous ways to use mobile phones.

Fires result from ice storm
AIKEN - Police and fire radio transmissions crackled with dozens of reports of fires Tuesday in Aiken County, many sparked by downed power lines in the second day of an ice storm that left thousands without power.

U.S. attorney sworn in for South Georgia district
A new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia was sworn into office Wednesday in Augusta.

Richmond County police get gang coordinator
In the fight against gangs in Augusta, information is a key weapon.

Rants and raves
I DON'T KNOW if Bush is going to find oil on Mars, but maybe he's looking for weapons of mass destruction.

Residents begin to clean up
The area's ice storm will be memorable, to say the least, for residents - slick roads, no electricity, falling tree limbs and closed schools.

State imposes monthlong ban on catching female blue crabs
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Georgia's crabbers will find their hands tied in March, as officials impose a monthlong ban on catching female blue crabs in an effort to restore the state's declining crab population.

Shoppers snatch up necessities
The last-minute rush to find supplies to survive the ice storm left many grocery store customers without.

Cingular Teen Distracted Driving Program Reaches 5.6 Million Students

Ice storms, power outages freeze gasoline supply
The regional ice storm might be creating its own gasoline shortage.

State takes steps to combat shortage in special ed teachers

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Savannah Heather Zeccardi, 3, of Augusta.

Delta to expand presence in New York in $300 million effort
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines is pumping $300 million into an expansion of its service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport - the main hub of discount carrier JetBlue Airways - as part of a plan that was derailed by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

State takes steps to combat shortage in special ed teachers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A nationwide shortage has left South Carolina without enough qualified special education teachers, prompting the state to relax standards applicants must meet in order to teach.

Utilities work to restore power in rural areas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lights were back on for most of the 300,000 customer across South Carolina who lost power after ice, sleet and snow blanketed the state.

DMV tries program to give permit test in school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- During his 20 years teaching driver's education at South Aiken High School, Larry Nelson has seen many parents take time off work to drive their excited teen to the Department of Motor Vehicles to take a beginner's permit test.

Green tree frog approved as officials state amphibian
ATLANTA -- To Georgia state's symbols of peaches, peanuts and grits, add one more: green tree frogs.

State imposes monthlong ban on catching female blue crabs

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia fraternity member who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity will be in court Feb. 5.

Across the area

Across the area
Police arrested a Grovetown man Tuesday and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a Richmond County sheriffs report stated.

Senator pushes for casino gambling

Brown arrested, charged with domestic abuse
Soul singer James Brown was arrested at his Beech Island home Wednesday on charges of beating his wife, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

DMV tries program to give permit test in school

Fires result from ice storm

Commissioners square off over city demolitions

Gordon Blackwell, former president at Florida State and Furman, dies at 92

Richmond County police get gang coordinator

U.S. attorney sworn in for South Georgia district

James Brown arrested for domestic violence

Isaac Hayes among Trumpet Award winners

Apprentices get taste of real world while in high school

Bill would make it a felony to flee police
ATLANTA -- Leading police on a high-speed chase would be a felony under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Georgia House.

Governor declares state of emergency

Underground Atlanta sees promise in earlier closing time for other Atlanta bars
ATLANTA -- Underground Atlanta sees a glass half-full in a new city ordinance requiring most bars to close earlier.

Candidates to court voters
AIKEN - The Democratic presidential contest barrels into South Carolina tonight with a prime-time, televised debate. It has heightened importance because the state's primary is five days away and a high percentage of voters is undecided.

Hearing set for fraternity member
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity member who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity will be in court on Feb. 5.

Coast Guard towing disabled boat to shore

Apprentices get taste of real world while in high school
CANTON, Ga. -- Austin Bursmith has a steady job at an established medical practice - and he hasn't even graduated from high school yet.

Kid of the day

Governor launches new land partnership program
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue began his plan to protect more of the state's land from development on Wednesday as he swore in 19 advisory council members who will guide the effort.

Residents begin to clean up

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Carolina Investors chairman Earle Morris Jr. beamed as he left the courtroom Wednesday, his freedom on securities fraud charges assured by his word he would show up at trial.

Sanford says no to special election on tax referendum
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford refused Tuesday to set a special election on a $1.3 billion Charleston County tax referendum, saying it was not right to do so based simply on the needs of the local bus system.

Plans dropped develop hotel on state-owned land
EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. -- Plans to develop a small hotel and conference center on state-owned land near Edisto Beach have been dropped after local residents objected.

Governor declares state of emergency
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in South Carolina, where slick and icy roads meant continued dangerous driving conditions and more than 250,000 customers remained without power.

Sign draws attention to park
Non-Augustans will now finally know what that huge, abstract metal sculpture across from Springfield Baptist Church is a part of.

House Committee passes bill requiring DNA from all felons
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would expand the state's DNA database to include anyone convicted of a felony.

Across the area
Two men were in critical condition Wednesday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a motorcycle struck a pedestrian at Gordon Highway and Milledgeville Road, a Richmond County sheriff's deputy said.

Coast Guard towing disabled boat to shore
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Coast Guard cutter was towing a 47-foot-sailboat from Hilton Head Island with four people aboard back to shore after the vessel lost its rudder in heavy seas off Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Across South Carolina
EDISTO ISLAND - Plans to develop a small hotel and conference center on state-owned land near Edisto Beach have been dropped after local residents objected.

FedEx, UPS ask DOT to reject law judge's ruling on Astar ownership
ATLANTA -- Shipping giants FedEx and UPS are asking the Department of Transportation to reject a federal administrative law judge's ruling that Miami-based Astar Air Cargo is owned and controlled by a U.S. citizen.

Sanford says no to special election on tax referendum

16-year-old son charged in mother's death
TIFTON, Ga. -- A 16-year-old Tifton boy has been charged with voluntary manslaughter following an altercation with his mother.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Coast Guard cutter was towing a 47-foot-sailboat from Hilton Head Island with four people aboard back to shore after the vessel lost its rudder in heavy seas off Cape Canaveral, Fla.

House Committee passes bill requiring DNA from all felons

Waiting for a return to normalcy
AIKEN - Lights were still out and furnaces were still cold for more than 13,000 people in Aiken County and surrounding communities Wednesday, and the extended duration and damage from this week's ice was to blame, South Carolina utility officials said.

Kid of the day

Panel OKs amphitheater funds
The sales tax citizens committee breathed new life into a south Augusta amphitheater Wednesday but scratched a proposal that would revitalize some low-income neighborhoods.

County cancels make-up days

Bill would make it a felony to flee police

7,000 in Aiken County still without power

16-year-old son charged in mother's death

AirTran plans call center in Carrollton; to employ 200

Couple running unlicensed day care charged in death of 6-month-old

Charleston's mean streets take toll on community

Public works tackles sinking sites

Candidates to court voters

Finished job to be studied

Across South Carolina

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond

Government safety requirements at nuclear weapons facilities targeted for elimination

Pit facility selection is delayed
AIKEN - A decision on where to build a multibillion-dollar bomb trigger facility has been temporarily delayed, officials announced Wednesday, the second round of bad news for Savannah River Site in as many weeks.

Government safety requirements at nuclear weapons facilities targeted for elimination
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is moving to replace safety requirements at federal nuclear facilities with standards written by contractors - after Congress directed the government to start fining the contractors for violations.

Augusta is hurt most by ice storm
Other cities across Georgia may have seen more ice and snow from this week's winter storm, but Augusta saw the most damage, Georgia's insurance commissioner said Wednesday during a tour of some of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Across the area

Gordon Blackwell, former president at Florida State and Furman, dies at 92
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Gordon W. Blackwell, who led Florida State University and Furman University through integration during the 1960s, has died. He was 92.

Rural Georgia slowly recovers from ice storm

Commissioners square off over city demolitions
The demolition of several dilapidated city homes received tentative approval from a panel of Augusta commissioners Tuesday, but figuring out how best to improve housing in Augusta's most impoverished neighborhoods was up for debate.

Pit facility selection is delayed

Blythe residents asked to conserve water

Panel OKs amphitheater funds

Fire officials across state push for sprinkler systems
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Upstate fire that left six people dead and six others critically injured has firefighters across the state calling for hotels that don't have sprinkler systems to upgrade, and some officials began inspecting hotels in the wake of the tragedy.

Officials push to appoint posts

Rural Georgia slowly recovers from ice storm
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Most of the ice may have melted, but for many people in rural Georgia the storm that blew down trees and power lines earlier in the week was still very much with them Wednesday.

Governor launches new land partnership program

Layoffs begin at Brown & Williamson Macon plant
MACON, Ga. -- Forty-five Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. employees lost their jobs on Wednesday in layoffs stemming from its planned merger with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond

Isaac Hayes among Trumpet Award winners
ATLANTA -- Singer and composer Isaac Hayes was among those honored at the 12th Annual Trumpet Awards on Monday night, which traditionally recognize achievement by blacks in politics, business, law and the arts.

Utilities work to restore power in rural areas

Singer, husband face drug possession charges
HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested on drug possession charges by Hapeville police Tuesday night.

Firefighters, officers recall dash to save lives in motel fire

Four Fort Benning protesters sentenced to 90 days in prison
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Four people convicted of trespassing on Fort Benning during a Nov. 23 protest against a Defense Department school for foreign soldiers were sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in federal prison.

Layoffs begin at Brown & Williamson Macon plant

AirTran plans call center in Carrollton; to employ 200
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- AirTran Airways plans to open a call center here expected to employ 200 people to handle reservations and other customer calls.

Transportation board votes in Kuhlke

Firefighters, officers recall dash to save lives in motel fire
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Whey they arrived, they had to talk people out of jumping from windows. And the smoke was so thick they couldn't see more than a foot or two in front of them.

Panel OKs amphitheater funds
The sales tax citizens committee breathed new life into a south Augusta amphitheater Wednesday but scratched a proposal that would revitalize some low-income neighborhoods.

Judge rules ordinances sought by residents illegal
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge has ruled two ordinances proposed by Blythewood residents illegal, while a third may be taken up by the town council.

Transportation board votes in Kuhlke
ATLANTA - State legislators representing Georgia's 9th Congressional District ousted a longtime State Transportation Board member Wednesday in favor of a former Augusta Commission member.

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge Wednesday morning released former Carolina Investors chairman Earle Morris Jr. on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond.

Public works tackles sinking sites
Monday's ice storm might have kept Augusta Public Works officials busy this week, but for the next few months the department will focus on a more pressing problem -- cave-ins.

Volunteers help report out-of-state and expired license plates
CONWAY, S.C. -- Some residents in this coastal area have been jotting down expired or out-of-state license plate numbers and reporting them to the Horry County Auditor's Office.

County cancels make-up days
The unexpected school closings in Richmond County this week won't eat into pupils' summer vacation.

Couple running unlicensed day care charged in death of 6-month-old
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The owner of an unlicensed day care has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a 6-month-old girl died in her care.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jabril Ni'Quan McKevie, 7, of Aiken.

James Brown released after bond hearing

Purnell learning the hard way
ATLANTA - Oliver Purnell knew it would be tough transitioning into the Atlantic Coast Conference. Just not this tough.

Trivia from the 76th annual Academy Award nominations
Tidbits and trivia from Tuesday's Oscar nominations:

Some surprises - and obvious choices - among the Oscar nominations
Some surprises among the Oscar nominations Tuesday:

Globe wins put 'Rings' on track to snap Oscar fantasy taboo

'Return of the King' leads Oscar race with 11 nominations

Oscar-nominated Brazilian director asks if Academy has gone 'mad'

'Return of the King' leads Oscar race with 11 nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final chapter in Peter Jackson's majestic fantasy trilogy, led the Academy Awards race Tuesday with 11 nominations, including best picture and director.

Young New Zealand actress' nomination a surprise
SYDNEY, Australia -- New Zealand anticipated Oscar success Tuesday for homegrown director Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" finale. But a best-actress nomination for 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes - the youngest-ever nominee in that category - was a surprise to the "Whale Rider" star.

Globe wins put 'Rings' on track to snap Oscar fantasy taboo
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and its mythical creatures are poised to go where no fantasy film has gone before: The winner's circle at the Academy Awards.

Oscar-nominated Brazilian director asks if Academy has gone 'mad'
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian movie director Fernando Meirelles, whose film "City of God" was nominated Tuesday for four Academy Awards, asked production assistants a single question when he heard the news: "Has the Academy gone mad?"

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Top 20 concert tours

Sound Bites: audio reviews

Company offers slices of 1950s Elvis recording to fans

Sound Bites: audio reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Singer Faith Evans, husband face drug possession charges
HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested on drug possession charges.

Company offers slices of 1950s Elvis recording to fans
NEW YORK -- A New Jersey company is offering Elvis Presley fans a chance to buy what it says is a slice of history.

NASCAR newsmaker Bob Snodgrass
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bob Snodgrass has been involved with road racing for 32 years, first serving as general manager at Brumos Racing in Jacksonville, Fla., and now as the team owner. His teams once dominated the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, but it's been 25 years since one of his cars rolled into Victory Lane. He will send two Porsche-powered Fabcars to the Daytona International Speedway this weekend in an effort to break the streak. He talked about returning Brumos Racing to the podium in sports car racing and the state of the sport itself.

NASCAR pleased with changes, so far
LAS VEGAS -- John Darby grinned as a slate gray car with a bright orange triangle of tape on the door as its only marking sped through the garage area at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt VP resigns after eight years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ty Norris, vice president for motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc., has resigned after eight years with the organization, thatsracin.com reported Wednesday.

Racing notes

Racing notes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR said it plans to use hand signals in the same manner as a football, basketball and hockey referee for some of the common violations on pit road.

Judge approves CART's team owners' bid over IRL offer

Sports car recovery rides 24 hours of Daytona track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Every time Roger Edmondson is asked what he will say if another GT-class car wins the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Sunday, his tone instantly turns confident and powerful.

Earnhardt VP resigns after eight years

Judge approves CART's team owners' bid over IRL offer
INDIANAPOLIS -- A bankruptcy judge rejected a bid Wednesday by the Indy Racing League for an offer by a group of CART team owners to bring that open-wheel series out of Chapter 11 and put it back on the track.

NASCAR newsmaker Bob Snodgrass

NASCAR pleased with changes, so far

NBA briefs
First off, Hornets barely edge out the Bucks 101 to 100.

Boozer misses game to be with family
CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer missed Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat so he could be with his family following his grandmother's funeral.

Curry out indefinitely after elbow surgery
TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors forward Michael Curry will be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow.

Curry out indefinitely after elbow surgery

Cassell makes strong case for All-Star game
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Cassell has spent his career putting the ball in the hands of big scorers whose gaudy stats earned them All-Star appearances.

Celtics fall in coach's debut

NBA briefs

Celtics coach O'Brien quits

Carroll takes over after latest Celtics stunner
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Still stunned by the resignation of Jim O'Brien, interim coach John Carroll tried to focus the Boston Celtics on their next game.

Carroll takes over after latest Celtics stunner

Celtics fall in coach's debut
BOSTON - Chauncey Billups scored eight of his 21 points in the final five minutes and the Detroit Pistons beat Boston 106-103 Wednesday night, spoiling John Carroll's debut as coach of the Celtics.

Celtics coach O'Brien quits
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Jim O'Brien quit as coach of the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, after half a season under new boss Danny Ainge.

Cassell makes strong case for All-Star game

Second half sustains Jags
Not that Lander didn't have a shot against Augusta State, it just didn't have very many shots.

Indiana upsets Purdue
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A.J. Moye scored 15 points and Roderick Wilmont added all six of his points on a pair of 3s in the final minute Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a 63-58 upset of No. 21 Purdue.

Lady Jaguars falter
With first place up for grabs and a previous loss to avenge, Augusta State's women's basketball team had plenty on the line Wednesday night against Lander. You couldn't tell by watching them.

Quick, spell Massachusetts

Bullet Bob gets his last, best chance

Seahawks RB added to NFC roster

Raye leaves Jets, joins Turner with Raiders

Jenkins tries to get son to Super Bowl

Kraft, Richardson know when to get out of the way

One player goes down, another steps in

Dolphins sign free agent WR Minnis

2002 season set up 2003 Super Bowl runs

Once a wonder, Astrodome seems smaller now

NFL Hall of Famer, Wisconsin AD Hirsch dies

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Suspended IOC vice president arrested

Taekwondo Union retains its powers

Suspended IOC vice president arrested
SEOUL, South Korea -- Suspended IOC vice president Kim Un-yong was arrested Wednesday following investigations into possible embezzlement of funds from taekwondo organizations.

Agreement saves taekwondo federation
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Taekwondo Union agreed to a restructuring plan Tuesday, sparing it from being stripped of its powers as the sport's national governing body by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Mayor fights back against Olympic security cameras

Iraq to elect new Olympic committee

Iraq to elect new Olympic committee
DUKAN, Iraq -- Iraqi sports officials will elect a new national Olympic committee Thursday, picking a president to replace Saddam Hussein's son Odai, who reportedly tortured athletes.

Agreement saves taekwondo federation

Taekwondo Union retains its powers
The U.S. Taekwondo Union agreed to a restructuring plan Tuesday, sparing it from being stripped of its powers as the sport's national governing body by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Mayor fights back against Olympic security cameras
ATHENS, Greece -- The mayor of the city hosting Olympic weightlifting ordered crews to vandalize street security cameras after residents complained they violated their privacy.

FIFA says it's on course to adopt WADA doping code

Overtime

Winter X Games shine under the bright lights

Henin-Hardenne reaches Australian Open final

An Australian Open in March?

Semifinal showdown

Safin upsets Roddick

IAAF set to challenge Jerome Young doping case in arbitration court

Team Velocity speeds to new class

MLS season opens April 3

Raich wins World Cup slalom

Overtime

Team Velocity speeds to new class
Team Velocity Racing, an Augusta-based motorcycle team, will compete in the heavyweight superstock class of the WERA National Endurance Series this season.

MLS season opens April 3
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer's ninth season will open April 3 with a full schedule of five games, including D.C. United's first game since acquiring 14-year-old Freddy Adu.

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight falls on Brianna Waters, 12, Augusta.

Safin upsets Roddick
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Roddick was gone by the time the crowd began serenading Marat Safin with "Happy Birthday."

Winter X Games shine under the bright lights
ASPEN, Colo. -- Lights, camera, action sports.

IAAF set to challenge Jerome Young doping case in arbitration court
LONDON -- The long-running dispute over U.S. sprinter Jerome Young's drug case could be headed for the sports world's highest court.

Semifinal showdown
MELBOURNE, Australia - It's a showdown worthy of a Grand Slam final: Roger Federer vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero, with the No. 1 ranking at stake.

Henin-Hardenne reaches Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Justin Henin-Hardenne advanced to her fourth Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fabiola Zuluaga at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Overtime
Golf

Overtime
After a long touchdown run for Wisconsin in 1942, Elroy Hirsch was described as looking like a "demented duck," whose "crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions all at the same time."

Raich wins World Cup slalom
SCHLADMING, Austria -- Benjamin Raich of Austria won a World Cup slalom Tuesday, and Bode Miller finished fourth after holding the first-leg lead.

Australian Open Glance
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Highlights Wednesday from the Australian Open:

Lalas hired as Earthquakes' GM and president
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Alexi Lalas, a former U.S. national team star and one of Major League Soccer's founding players, was hired Tuesday as president and general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes.

FIFA says it's on course to adopt WADA doping code
ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA met with the World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, and soccer's governing body said it was on course to adopt WADA's doping code.

An Australian Open in March?
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The women's tennis tour supports a proposal to shift the Australian Open to March.

Alabama state park overrun with deer opened to hunters
PELHAM, Ala. -- Alabama broke with its past and opened a suburban state park to bow hunters Tuesday to begin thinning a deer herd that wildlife officials said is sick and starving because of overpopulation.

Alabama state park overrun with deer opened to hunters

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores for Tuesday night.

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores for Wednesday night.

Icy weather freezes games
Athletic contests in Richmond, Columbia County and Aiken counties were canceled Tuesday because of inclement weather, and at least two games have been rescheduled for today.

Dolphins sign free agent WR Minnis
MIAMI -- Free agent wide receiver Marvin "Snoop" Minnis signed with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

Kraft, Richardson know when to get out of the way
HOUSTON -- With the AFC championship game looming, Patriots owner Robert Kraft brought quarterback Tom Brady an enticing invitation: The first lady would like him to be her guest at President Bush's State of the Union address.

One player goes down, another steps in
HOUSTON -- No-names are in and egos are out on Bill Belichick's team.

2002 season set up 2003 Super Bowl runs
HOUSTON -- By failing last season, the New England Patriots set themselves up for success this year.

Bullet Bob gets his last, best chance
HOUSTON -- The penalty, fair or not, has been served. Bob Hayes didn't live long enough to witness a vote that could finally put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Once a wonder, Astrodome seems smaller now
HOUSTON -- The Eighth Wonder of the World isn't even the biggest building on the block anymore.

Bills sign free agents FB Shelton, OL Smith
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent fullback Daimon Shelton on Wednesday.

Jenkins tries to get son to Super Bowl
HOUSTON -- Kris Jenkins remembers the way his son looked at him when he realized his daddy was a big, tough football player.

Patriots list three on injury report
HOUSTON -- New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was listed as probable Wednesday on the first injury report of Super Bowl week, and tight end Christian Fauria and running back Patrick Pass were also given a 75 percent chance of playing in Sunday's game against Carolina.

Raye leaves Jets, joins Turner with Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders hired Jets assistant Jimmy Raye as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Wednesday.

Seahawks RB added to NFC roster
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander was added to the Pro Bowl roster Tuesday, an injury replacement for Deuce McAllister of the New Orleans Saints.

Quick, spell Massachusetts
HOUSTON -- Hey, who let this kid in here?

NFL Hall of Famer, Wisconsin AD Hirsch dies
MADISON, Wis. -- Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, a pro football Hall of Famer and later the athletic director at Wisconsin, died Wednesday. He was 80.

American Idol' again celebrates the good and the horrible
NEW YORK -- Simon Cowell couldn't believe his ears. You'd think he'd be used to it by now. But the acerbic "American Idol" judge was railing again about the tone-deaf auditioners he, along with Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, is forced to endure.

Golden Globes gets record-setting ratings for NBC
NEW YORK -- Hobbits and Hollywood stars were an irresistible combination as NBC drew a record-setting audience of 26.8 million people to the Golden Globes telecast Sunday night.

Film opens revealing window into black life, attitudes
LOS ANGELES -- Ask scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. about the problems facing black Americans and how to fix them and the words pour out.

Jack Paar, 'Tonight Show' pioneer, dead at 85

Jack Paar, 'Tonight Show' pioneer, dead at 85
GREENWICH, Conn. -- Jack Paar, who held the nation's rapt attention as he pioneered late-night talk on "The Tonight Show," then told his viewers farewell when still in his prime, died Tuesday. He was 85.

Golden Globes gets record-setting ratings for NBC

Film opens revealing window into black life, attitudes

American Idol' again celebrates the good and the horrible

Halle Berry 'just fine' after accident on 'Catwoman' set

Critical choice

People in the News

Stuff to do

Extras, extras

Bulldogs fail in the clutch
BATON ROUGE, La. - For the second time in a week, Georgia couldn't get the job done late.

No. 24 S. Carolina routs Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coach Dave Odom drew up the final play. Kerbrell Brown made sure it worked perfectly for South Carolina.

No. 24 S. Carolina routs Vanderbilt

Defibrillator spark sets patient's clothing on fire in ambulance

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Girl survives for days after accident next to her dead mother