Painter comes to life
Pablo Picasso walks through a museum exhibit that features his painting and two sculptures. An aspiring artist and many spectators visit - and a series of events unfolds.

Rosie O'Donnell bids tearful farewell to 'Taboo'

Rosie O'Donnell bids tearful farewell to 'Taboo'
NEW YORK -- Minutes after the final curtain fell on "Taboo," the $10 million Broadway musical that folded after three months of mediocre ticket sales, producer Rosie O'Donnell stood outside the Plymouth Theatre wiping tears from her eyes.

Approval of more night games at Wrigley expected
CHICAGO -- Night games at Wrigley Field would increase this year under a plan expected to be approved by Chicago officials this week.

Henson clears waivers

Philadelphia re-signs ace

Offerman agrees to minor league contract with Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Offerman agreed Monday to a minor league contract the Minnesota Twins, who have an opening for a utility infielder.

Henson clears waivers
NEW YORK -- Drew Henson became a baseball free agent Monday when he cleared waivers without being claimed.

Philadelphia re-signs ace
PHILADELPHIA - Kevin Millwood agreed Tuesday to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, avoiding arbitration.

Honest Abe didn't say all those famous quotes, honestly

Girl dies after being dragged by coat caught in car door
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- A girl was killed Tuesday when her coat got caught in a car door and she was dragged for about three miles on rural roads.

Police hand millionaire a record speeding fine
HELSINKI, Finland -- Police gave a record $216,900 speeding ticket to one of Finland's richest men under a system in which traffic fines are linked to an offender's income, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Police discover kidnapping victim during traffic stop
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A vehicle and foot chase ended with the surprise discovery by two police officers that they had unknowingly foiled a kidnapping.

Bicyclist charged with shooting motorist in fight over obscene gesture
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- A bicyclist shot a truck driver in the arm during a confrontation that began when the man pedaling the bike made an obscene gesture, police said.

Odds and Ends
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- It was a double dose of luck for one couple here.

Odds and Ends
TOPEKA, Kan. -- When a restaurant owner invited a hypnotist to perform at his steakhouse, he expected hysterical laughter, maybe one or two people strutting like roosters.

Henson clears waivers

Henson clears waivers
NEW YORK -- Drew Henson became a baseball free agent Monday when he cleared waivers without being claimed.

City makes retirement plans
Building an upscale retirement community in Augusta could create jobs, bring in needed tax dollars and work toward revitalizing a depressed downtown, economic developers say.

Kodak to roll out photo kiosks that develop 35mm film in minutes

Vodafone confirms interest in AT&T Wireless Services

Viacom plans to shed Blockbuster stake

Bush's economic report declares economic recovery is taking hold
WASHINGTON -- Declaring that "America's economy is strong and getting stronger," President Bush told Congress Monday in his annual economic report that last year's tax cut was doing the job in reviving business growth.

OPEC to cut oil output by 10 percent in two stages

AARP helps with taxes
Tax time tends to be a headache for even the savviest number crunchers, not to mention senior citizens with meager incomes who have trouble figuring out what to do and where to go.

Taxes can be tricky

Kodak to roll out photo kiosks that develop 35mm film in minutes
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The latest advance in old-fashioned photography is coming soon: a self-service kiosk that can convert a roll of 35mm film into prints in as little as seven minutes.

PalmSource develops new strategy for handhelds

OPEC to cut oil output by 10 percent in two stages
ALGIERS, Algeria -- In a surprise move, OPEC will cut excess production of crude at once and lower output quotas by 1 million barrels a day effective April 1, several oil ministers said Tuesday.

City makes retirement plans

GM recalls more than 600,000 mid-size SUVs to repair windshield wipers

Stewart altered message log, assistant testifies

Stewart altered message log, assistant testifies
NEW YORK -- With an investigation looming, Martha Stewart sat down at her assistant's computer and altered a record of a message left by her stockbroker about ImClone Systems stock, the assistant testified Tuesday.

Oil consortium to cut quotas; gas prices will remain higher

PalmSource develops new strategy for handhelds
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- PalmSource Inc., a maker of operating systems for handheld computers, is shifting gears as the market for so-called smartphones grows and the one for simpler personal digital assistants shrinks.

FDA urges hormone warning
WASHINGTON - The government told makers of hormone replacement therapies Tuesday to add yet another warning to their labels - that hormones might increase older women's risk of Alzheimer's or other types of dementia.

FDA urges hormone warning

Vodafone confirms interest in AT&T Wireless Services
LONDON -- Vodafone Group PLC confirmed Monday it may bid to acquire AT&T Wireless Services Inc., a move that would require the British cell phone company to sell its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless.

Tower Records' parent company files for bankruptcy

Bush's economic report declares economic recovery is taking hold

Viacom plans to shed Blockbuster stake
NEW YORK -- Viacom Inc. announced Tuesday that it plans to shed its controlling stake in Blockbuster, the video rental chain, and take a $1.3 billion charge to write down the value of the business.

Tower Records' parent company files for bankruptcy
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The parent company of Tower Records, the pioneering record merchant that invented the music megastore and became one of the nation's largest music and video retailers, has filed for bankruptcy, the company announced Monday.

Consumer spending, fueled by tax cuts, critical to economic recovery
WASHINGTON -- Jodi Fields is eyeing a digital camera. Luigi Esposito is buying a new boat. Jack Manasco is saving for a rainy day. What Americans do with the fatter paychecks or child tax-credit checks from President Bush's latest tax-cut package will play a critical role in the strength of the economy's anticipated rebound this year.

Taxes can be tricky
Being your own boss has a certain ring to it.

GM recalls more than 600,000 mid-size SUVs to repair windshield wipers
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. is recalling about 636,000 sport utility vehicles from model years 2002 and 2003 to repair faulty windshield wiper equipment that has caused at least two accidents, the automaker said Monday.

Atlanta ranks No. 1 for entrepreneurs
ATLANTA - The home of the world's largest beverage company and shipping carrier is also the top large city for entrepreneurial growth, a magazine says of Atlanta in its ranking of the best cities to do business in America.

Consumer spending, fueled by tax cuts, critical to economic recovery

Oil consortium to cut quotas; gas prices will remain higher
ALGIERS, Algeria - OPEC decided Tuesday to cut its excess production of crude immediately and lower output quotas by 1 million barrels a day effective April 1. The surprise move means consumers will continue to face high prices for gasoline and other refined products, analysts said.

Business briefs
ROME - Prosecutors looking into Parmalat have reportedly placed six international banks, the fund management unit of Italy's largest bank and banking executives under investigation for possible market rigging, news reports said Tuesday.

Stewart star witness said he didnt' think he did anything wrong with tip
NEW YORK -- The star witness against Martha Stewart testified Monday he did not believe he was doing anything wrong when he gave her a tip that led her to dump stock in 2001.

Bowden might overhaul Clemson staff
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson offensive coordinator Brad Scott apparently has been demoted to offensive line coach, one of several reassignments for the Tigers' coaching staff, according to published reports.

No. 1 Duke derails Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's normally vociferous Cameron Crazies were uncharacteristically low-key, so the top-ranked Blue Devils turned to rebounding and defense to get everyone excited.

No. 1 Duke derails Clemson

Musketeers' Usry makes next step with Clemson
When Clemson soccer coach Trevor Adair spoke in the Richmond Academy library early Monday morning, he said his Tigers squad had goals.

Musketeers' Usry makes next step with Clemson

Leader in Colorado recruiting probe backpedals after victim comment

Top Miami football recruit surrenders
MIAMI -- Top Miami recruit Willie Williams surrendered Tuesday after more criminal charges were added to a record of 10 arrests the university didn't know about when it signed him.

Leader in Colorado recruiting probe backpedals after victim comment
DENVER -- A woman leading an investigation into recruiting practices at the University of Colorado said Monday she will not resign, despite suggesting that women put themselves at risk of rape by attending alcohol-fueled sex parties.

Lady Vols coping without Moore at point guard

Kentucky at its best in close games

Whence excellence springs
Barton Chapel Elementary School serves some of Augusta's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods: Barton Village, Trinity Manor, McDuffie Woods. For whatever reason - lethargy, substance abuse, ignorance or, in some cases, working two or more jobs just to stay afloat - parents are largely disengaged from their children's education.

Whence excellence springs

Befitting a sports town

Who's really AWOL?

Who's really AWOL?
Now that Democrats are on their way to picking a genuine war hero as their standard-bearer to run against George W. Bush in November, they've decided to take dead aim at the president's service in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war.

Judicial nightmare

Judicial nightmare
Massachusetts is holding a convention today to amend its constitution to overturn the state Supreme Court's legislation - and that's what it is, legislation not adjudication - legalizing marriage rights for homosexual and lesbian couples.

Befitting a sports town
When the world thinks of Augusta, Ga., does it think of the efficient services delivered by our crack consolidated government?

Stuff to do
Hep cats Big Bad Voodoo Daddy put a big-band swing touch to the classics when they perform a Valentine's concert with the Augusta Symphony on Saturday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $10 to $40. Call 826-4705.

Woman drops lawsuit over Super Bowl halftime show
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Less than a week after filing a class-action lawsuit because of her outrage over Janet Jackson's Super Bowl stunt, Terri Carlin believes she's made her point.

Hurt snowboarder returns to 'Letterman' as guest
NEW YORK -- A champion snowboarder injured doing a stunt for David Letterman's late-night television show returned to the program for an interview, saying she barely remembered the accident.

Give yourself a break
The Break Room on Whiskey Road in Aiken is the granddaddy of pool halls.

'Sex and the City' style for sale in HBO auction
NEW YORK -- A charity auction will offer the chance to literally walk in Carrie Bradshaw's shoes by selling wardrobe from "Sex and the City" to raise money for several charities.

'Star Wars' saga to debut on DVD in September
LOS ANGELES -- The original three "Star Wars" films - among the most anticipated on DVD - will be released in the digital format Sept. 21 in North America, LucasFilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced Tuesday. International release dates were to be revealed later.

Father of Jackson accuser says he wants to resume seeing children
LOS ANGELES -- The father of Michael Jackson's young accuser, who has pleaded no contest to child cruelty, said in an interview broadcast Monday that he wants a restraining order dropped so he can resume seeing his children.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Though Anna Kournikova has struggled with her tennis career, she still has plenty to do.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities were mixed in Monday's auction.

AARP helps with taxes
Tax time tends to be a headache for even the savviest number crunchers, not to mention senior citizens with meager incomes who have trouble figuring out what to do and where to go.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

Stocks rise as Wall Street waits for Greenspan

Snow, Greenspan team up to help consumers gain money smarts
WASHINGTON -- The man who signs dollar bills and the man who controls how many are in circulation teamed up Thursday to promote ways Americans can make smarter financial decisions.

Stocks slide amid investor doubts

Stocks rise as Wall Street waits for Greenspan
NEW YORK -- Stocks rode solid fundamentals and strong earnings to modest gains Tuesday in unusually light trading prior to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's congressional testimony.

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction

Stocks slide amid investor doubts
NEW YORK -- Investors left stocks in limbo Monday, making few commitments while they awaited Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's testimony before Congress later this week. The major indexes closed narrowly lower after seesawing through the session, but more stocks gained than declined.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar fell to an 11-year low against the British pound and was lower against other major currencies Tuesday in European trading. Gold prices rose.

Cooking with cactus is simple
CONCORD, N.H. - Few things inspire interest in the cuisines of warm climates the way a good Arctic blast can.

Small portions

A good breakfast is worth the time

Chicken soup from scratch is a classic comfort food
WASHINGTON - We take for granted that certain foods can help us get through the cold and flu season; thoughts turn to those old favorites often grouped now as comfort foods.

Dining out

Pan-broiled steak cuts out fat
Lean beef, including top sirloin steak, is nutritious and easy to cook when you need dinner on the table quickly.

Dining out
Here is a list of Augusta-area restaurant reviews.

A good breakfast is worth the time
Not bothering to eat breakfast may save time, but just a few minutes spent preparing something nourishing is time well spent. We've all heard explanations of the benefits of a good breakfast, that it provides energy and stamina, and they are true.

Pan-broiled steak cuts out fat

Small portions
In this age of "advanced meat recovery" systems, when a single burger can contain meat from scores of different animals, it seems natural that more and more of us want to exert a little quality control of our own.

Cooking with cactus is simple

Chicken soup from scratch is a classic comfort food

Tiger will be tested at Buick Invitational
SAN DIEGO - Forget the streaks and statistics that identify the best two players in golf.

Ranking system under review

Ranking system under review
SAN DIEGO -- Vijay Singh's streak of 12 consecutive top 10s and three victories in his last nine starts has pulled him within 3.08 points of Tiger Woods in the world ranking, the closest anyone has been since the system was adjusted in September 2001.

Singh continues amazing run with a victory at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The hardest-working man in golf is making it look easy.

Singh on a path leading to the top

Fleisher wins Royal Caribbean
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Bruce Fleisher was back home, which was all that mattered.

LPGA recognizes, but doesn't dispense, Wie hype
PHOENIX -- Despite swarming galleries wherever she goes, Michelle Wie faces an uphill climb to rival Annika Sorenstam in the eyes of the LPGA.

Singh on a path leading to the top
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Vijay Singh is starting to hear his name associated with some of golf's greatest players.

LPGA recognizes, but doesn't dispense, Wie hype

Fleisher wins Royal Caribbean

Singh continues amazing run with a victory at Pebble

Prep Tournament information

Feaster and Tortorella agree to contract extensions
TAMPA, Fla. -- General manager Jay Feaster and coach John Tortorella agreed to multiyear contract extensions with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

GM Dudley steps down as Panthers coach; Torchetti takes over

Feaster and Tortorella agree to contract extensions

Thrashers reactivate Sutton, Robitaille

GM Dudley steps down as Panthers coach; Torchetti takes over
MIAMI -- Hoping to spark a surge that ends with a playoff berth, Florida Panthers general manager Rick Dudley made his second coaching change of the season Monday.

Hasek out for year

Thrashers reactivate Sutton, Robitaille
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated defenseman Andy Sutton and forward Randy Robitaille from injured reserve Tuesday, and placed defenseman Yannick Tremblay on injured reserve.

Hasek out for year
DETROIT - Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek will miss the rest of the season because of an injured groin, although he hopes to play again.

Give pork chops a continental flavor
Anyone who's ever enjoyed a good German meal has probably sampled Weiner schnitzel, breaded veal cutlets.

Give pork chops a continental flavor

Honest Abe didn't say all those famous quotes, honestly
Schoolchildren around our region will no doubt celebrate Thursday's birthday of President Abraham Lincoln in the time-honored fashion of time honoring.

Clark formally withdraws from presidential race
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wesley Clark dropped out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, a retired four-star general unable to command significant support as a first-time presidential candidate.

Teen killed, two injured in SUV crash
JACKSON - A seventh-grader who took her mother's SUV without permission died early Tuesday evening after she lost control and was ejected from the vehicle in a one-car accident three days before her 15th birthday, authorities said Wednesday.

Rivera trial ends; receives multiple life sentences
Reinaldo Rivera, already under a death sentence for murder, was sentenced Thursday to seven life sentences plus 105 years for all of his other crimes in Augusta.

Court overturns Georgia House and Senate redistricting plans
ATLANTA -- A three-judge federal panel on Tuesday overturned Georgia's redrawing of state House and Senate districts, agreeing with Republicans that Democrats' attempts to map out an advantage for their party violated the Constitution.

Trying to justify war based on 'maybe' is wrongheaded

Abortion: Murder is murder - under God's law, anyway
There can be only one response to the letter written by James Epps on Jan. 29, "Renews belief that reproductive freedom is paramount," and that is to say that God's law and only God's law is the law that has any value in this world. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Dean's visionary leadership what we need

Writer misses point on WMD issue
Regarding Robert Smock's Jan. 22 letter to the editor, "Democrats are filled with both hate and hypocrisy": Rick Carpenter, Thomson, Ga.

Turnout in primary a big disappointment
Unless I'm the only Democrat in Edgefield County voting in the Merriweather school district, I was shocked when I went to vote in the primary at noon, carrying a book for the wait in line, to find that I was the only one there. Four ladies sat at a desk with nothing to do. Maurine Meleck, North Augusta, S.C.

Turnout in primary a big disappointment

Trying to justify war based on 'maybe' is wrongheaded
On Jan. 22, 2003, President George W. Bush told an audience in St. Louis that the dictator of Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The Bush doctrine of preemptive war was his solution to this potential threat. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

Dean's visionary leadership what we need
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, M.D., is the one candidate running in the Democratic presidential nomination race with a track record of results as a proven leader with 12 years' experience in executive office. Timothy Bond, Augusta

Writer misses point on WMD issue

Fashion Week shines spotlight on de la Renta, Steffe, Herrera

Microsoft warns consumers about major Windows security flaws

Government ends search for more mad cow cases

China halts poultry imports from U.S. on bird flu fears

Thai official warns of possibility of second bird flu outbreak

Atkins' medical records spark another round in diet fight

High iron levels may signal diabetes risk

Tobacco state's edgy anti-smoking ads draw cautious praise

Seniors calendar

Living briefs

Study: link found between depression, heart death in women

Local musicians: it takes more than a soaring chorus to make romantic song

Peering into dyslexic brains to boost kids' reading

NASA rover embarks on "scoot and shoot" on Mars

Living briefs
Aiken's second annual Sporting Art Show and Sale will include more than 60 painters and sculptors and proceeds from the weekend event will go to the disaster relief fund of the Aiken County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Tobacco state's edgy anti-smoking ads draw cautious praise
RICHMOND, Va. -- He's billed as America's most pathetic superhero: Buttman, an overweight chain-smoker who hacks, spits and gets too winded to respond to emergencies.

NASA rover embarks on "scoot and shoot" on Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Opportunity rover has embarked on a "scoot and shoot" on Mars, driving counterclockwise around the rocky inner perimeter of a crater while photographing it in detail.

Local musicians: it takes more than a soaring chorus to make romantic song
There is no subject that the modern musician, er, loves, as much as love. The love song, the musical chronicle of butterfly stomachs and stolen kisses, has become something of a soundtrack for modern society.

China halts poultry imports from U.S. on bird flu fears
BEIJING -- China banned U.S. poultry imports Tuesday to ease growing fears about bird flu, announcing in an emergency notice that any American fowl that have already arrived at its ports would be returned or destroyed.

Government ends search for more mad cow cases
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is ending its search for additional cases of mad cow disease even though officials have not found several animals suspected of having eaten the potentially infectious feed believed to have caused the only known U.S. case.

Fashion Week shines spotlight on de la Renta, Steffe, Herrera
NEW YORK -- The 11th-hour fabric deliveries. The mad dashes to fit models. The late-night meetings to fill the front row with the requisite famous faces. It must be Fashion Week.

Study: link found between depression, heart death in women
CHICAGO -- Depression in older women is strongly linked with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, according to research on more than 90,000 women.

Atkins' medical records spark another round in diet fight
NEW YORK -- The debate over Dr. Robert Atkins' popular high-fat, low-carb diet flared posthumously Tuesday when it was learned that Atkins himself was a bloated 258 pounds at his death.

Opportunity rover takes microscopic images of bedrock outcropping
LOS ANGELES -- NASA scientists hope microscopic images taken by the Opportunity rover of a bedrock outcropping on the surface of Mars will help answer questions about the planet's history.

Tests show avian flu on second Delaware farm
DOVER, Del. -- Avian flu has been found on a second farm in central Delaware, state agriculture officials announced Tuesday.

Seniors calendar
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Peering into dyslexic brains to boost kids' reading
WASHINGTON -- Nine-year-old Patrick Price bounced up to the huge MRI machine, a powerful brain scanner disguised by drapes to resemble a kid-friendly castle. Inside, he lay nearly motionless as words and symbols flashed on a screen before his eyes.

Living briefs
The venerable cop series NYPD Blue returns for the second part of its season under ABC's plan that avoids reruns of the show. Tonight a man with a bomb attached to his body threatens to blow everyone up. The show airs at 10 Tuesday on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

Thai official warns of possibility of second bird flu outbreak
HANOI, Vietnam -- A Thai health official said Monday authorities should prepare for the possibility of a second outbreak of bird flu. Vietnam reported the region's 19th fatality from the virus that has ravaged poultry farms across Asia.

Microsoft warns consumers about major Windows security flaws
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. warned customers Tuesday about unusually serious security problems with its Windows software that could let hackers quietly break into their computers to steal files, delete data or eavesdrop on sensitive information.

High iron levels may signal diabetes risk
CHICAGO -- Women with high levels of iron in their blood may run nearly triple the risk of developing diabetes, a study found.

Great Skate Debate sees small turnout
Tickets prices for the Augusta Lynx will increase next year and fewer seats will be available in the upper deck, Lynx general manager Paul Gamsby said Tuesday night.

Court orders Georgia remap

Evans' DMVS stays open

Democrats on tour seek budget views
ATLANTA - If you're mad about the governor's proposed budget cuts, Democrats want to hear from you.

Walker could benefit from redistricting plan
A rejected redistricting plan that has state Democrats scrambling could benefit one of Augusta's most powerful black politicians.

Fire chief's exit reveals discord

Evans' DMVS stays open
After recent discussions with the state, Columbia County officials said Tuesday that they have worked out an agreement to keep the Evans branch of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety from closing.

Businesses debate smoking ban
As a businessman, Bob Robertson says a proposed bill in the Georgia Senate to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and most other public locations would, frankly, be a drag.

Court orders Georgia remap
ATLANTA - A federal court ruled Tuesday that South Georgia can't keep as many legislative seats as it has because it doesn't have enough population compared with Metro Atlanta.

Scaled-back gang measure OK'd
COLUMBIA - A bill that defines criminal street gangs is heading to the Senate floor, but only after losing some of its teeth Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Court overturns Georgia House and Senate redistricting plans
ATLANTA -- A three-judge federal panel on Tuesday overturned Georgia's redistricting plans for the state House and Senate, saying Democrats who drew them when they controlled the Legislature violated the principle of one person, one vote.

Taking a walk

Fired Smyrna official to perform community service to avoid trial
SMYRNA, Ga. -- A fired Smyrna official has agreed to do community service to avoid going to trial for an alleged prank in which he placed an envelope of white powder on a co-worker's desk.

MCG tests vaccine on children

Democrats tour state to hear moaning about budget cuts
ATLANTA -- If you're mad about the governor's proposed budget cuts, Democrats want to hear from you.

Cities lay out case in capital

Coke human resources chief resigning
ATLANTA -- The woman tapped to head Coca-Cola's human resources department four years ago as the company grappled with a costly racial discrimination suit is resigning, leaving only one black female in a senior vice president position or higher.

Fire chief's exit reveals discord
CLEARWATER - When James Richardson abruptly resigned last weekend as fire chief of the Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department, it was another sign that all is not well with Aiken County's rural fire departments.

Georgia to launch Internet encyclopedia
ATHENS, Ga. -- In a small corner of the University of Georgia's main library, researchers are busy compiling the nation's first state encyclopedia designed and written for the Internet.

Bills would back gay marriage ban
COLUMBIA - In the wake of a Massachusetts court ruling that paves the way for gay marriages, some South Carolina lawmakers are introducing legislation to prohibit the Palmetto State's recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Laney Aycock, 6, of Licolnton, Ga.

Augusta Golf Gardens
This downtown attraction encompasses about 17 acres along the banks of the Savannah River on Reynolds Street.

Across the area

Storm drains Red Cross funds

Girl Scouts grows up

Airport eligible for federal money
The terminal construction project at Augusta Regional Airport will be eligible for extra federal money, thanks to an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Kid of the day

State's tax crackdown may help city collect
State efforts to get delinquent taxpayers to pay up have gone public, a move Richmond County tax officials are optimistic will aid local collections as well.

City alters stance on police chief

Storm drains Red Cross funds
AIKEN - The punishing ice storm and below-freezing temperatures of two weeks ago have severely strained the Aiken County chapter of the American Red Cross, forcing the organization in less than two months to use more than half of the money it used to help victims in all of last year.

Audit shows city is owed room taxes

Businesses debate smoking ban

Georgia to launch Internet encyclopedia

House bills would strengthen state ban on same-sex marriages

City alters stance on police chief
AIKEN - The stern stance New Ellenton leaders are taking with embattled police Chief Van McMillan is in stark contrast to the hands-off approach they took during past investigations into his work.

Guard and Reserve soldiers face tax bills

Cities lay out case in capital
AIKEN - Business leaders from both sides of the Savannah River traveled to Columbia Tuesday to speak with South Carolina legislators and to push for tougher tort laws, more cash for the Palmetto Parkway and a research park at the Savannah River Site.

News you can use

Across the area
The right eastbound lane of Interstate 20 at the Savannah River bridge will remain closed until Thursday afternoon as crews continue working on a problem with one of the bridge's steel beams.

A class with scenery

New contractors will take control
The company whose tactics cast suspicion on the bidding process to run the Augusta YDC will take control of the campus this weekend as planned.

Residents battle to oust Wal-Mart
ATLANTA - Savannah-area residents, trying to rid their community of a giant Wal-Mart store they sa overshadows two historic churches, now must wait for the Georgia Supreme Court to sift through the legal technicalities of their case.

Fire station will remain on Central
A historic firehouse in the heart of Augusta's Summerville neighborhood will not be torn down, city leaders said Tuesday at a public hearing to discuss the fate of Central Avenue's Station No. 7.

Missing soldier found

Tip helps police get burglary suspect
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Tuesday who they say was breaking into a south Augusta business and attempting to break into another.

Forest foundation may study problem of stormwater runoff

Democrats tour state to hear moaning about budget cuts

Teachers, administrators spar over principal choice

Bill would make schools report bullying incidents
Georgia schools would have to track cases of bullying and their outcome under a bill being debated this week in the General Assembly.

Rants and raves
MY RANT IS against MCG. There's an awful lot of people, including me, who cannot afford to pay $50 a visit or anything else for that matter. I think that Chancellor Thomas Meredith, when he gets sick, should go get himself a dog from the dog pound and see if that will cure him.

Two die in house fire in Cherokee County

Teen killed, two injured in SUV crash

Augusta Golf Gardens

Sixth human case of West Nile virus confirmed
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A sixth case of West Nile virus in humans has been confirmed, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday.

Beasley campaigns for Senate

Myrtle Beach photographer wins award
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News photographer Randall Hill has been named Photographer of the Year by the South Carolina News Photographers Association.

Sixth human case of West Nile virus confirmed

Two employees treated at Atlanta airport after detecting suspicious odor
ATLANTA -- Two employees at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were treated by paramedics Sunday night after they discovered a suspicious odor in the cargo bin of a Delta Air Lines plane.

Two employees treated at Atlanta airport after detecting suspicious odor

CDC: Millions given drugs dangerous to elderly
ATLANTA -- Dangerous drugs were prescribed to elderly Americans in about one out of every 12 visits to the doctor in 2000, federal officials said Monday.

Court overturns Georgia House and Senate redistricting plans

State's delinquent taxpayers to be exposed on Web site
ATLANTA -- Georgia's delinquent taxpayers are scheduled to be identified on the Internet Monday as the state Department of Revenue goes after more than $1 billion in back taxes.

News you can use

Taking a walk
Tonya Griffin takes her pit bull terriers, Tito, left, and Kiya for a walk along Greene Street in Augusta.

Residents battle to oust Wal-Mart

A class with scenery
As seaguls soar overhead, Augusta State University junior Heather Joiner (left) and sophomore Ester Hallford enjoy mild temperatures while paddling toward the shore during a camoe class at Lake Olmstead.

Commissioners will decide on qualifications

CDC: Millions given drugs dangerous to elderly

Kid of the day

Man is charged in 2000 hit-and-run death

Fire station will remain on Central

Rants and raves
I AM A REPUBLICAN. I am happy that Bush is in the White House and has guts enough to do what's right in Iraq. I'm also happy that he's trying to build up the military that the Democrats tore down. Instead of people fussing about him, they should be out there cheering him on.

New contractors will take control

Across Georgia
ALBANY - Lee County drug agents arrested three men and seized $85,000 worth of cocaine during an undercover operation in a Wal-Mart parking lot.<

Bill legalizing tattoos headed to House

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Apparently, store hours mean little to hundreds of bats that have flocked to an employee elevator at the back of a shopping mall near downtown.<

Scaled-back gang measure OK'd

MCG tests vaccine on children
In a study released a little more than a year ago, Medical College of Georgia researchers successfully tested the first vaccine to prevent a form of cancer.

South Carolina law firm opens D.C. office

Historic tree can't be saved
It has withstood the test of time for hundreds of years, but Augusta State University officials acknowledged Tuesday that the Arsenal Oak will have to be cut down.

Bill would make schools report bullying incidents

Audit shows city is owed room taxes
Inadequate records and poor bookkeeping at a handful of Richmond County hotels and motels is shortchanging the city, an internal audit of Augusta's excise tax collections shows.

Democrats on tour seek budget views

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The annual sale of Georgia state flags opens today under the direction of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as hundred s of church members throughout Richmond County prepare for the double program Sunday in celebration of the Georgia Bicentennial.:

Court overturns Georgia House and Senate redistricting plans

Police charge teen in assault
An Augusta teenager was charged Tuesday morning in the shooting of a pregnant Augusta woman, officials said.

Girl Scouts grows up
AIKEN - Teen members of Troop 713 know Girl Scouts isn't just about selling cookies and wearing uniforms.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Garrett Wesley Yonce, 5 months, of Norwood, Ga.

Across South Carolina
Sanford can remain in Air Force Reserve

'Evolution' stirs curriculum bill

Bridge repair delays traffic
Motorists on Interstate 20 could be delayed this morning as a repair crew works on a problem that has shut down an eastbound lane of the interstate's Savannah River bridge.

Across Georgia

Forest foundation may study problem of stormwater runoff
AIKEN - The guardians of Hitchcock Woods are looking at some new solutions to an old problem of stormwater runoff and resulting erosion in the 2,000-acre urban forest used by horse riders and nature lovers.

Drought leaves once-lush marsh as mud flats

Man is charged in 2000 hit-and-run death
From bloodstains and cloth fibers found on a city street, it appeared that an Augusta man was dragged underneath a vehicle for at least 58 feet, an investigator testified Monday.

Across the area
A pregnant Augusta woman was in critical condition Monday after being shot in the stomach at an Augusta housing complex, authorities said.

MCG plans billing change
Financial counselors working for MCG Health Inc. might have jumped the gun by demanding an up-front payment, but that soon will be the policy, the hospital operating company's chief executive officer said.

Missing soldier found
A Fort Gordon soldier missing for a year turned up in New York state and is being held for Columbia County on child pornography charges.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A state Senate committee will consider a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Wednesday.<

Teachers, administrators spar over principal choice
She's been in charge since the abrupt resignation of the school's principal, but Evans Middle School Assistant Principal Vanessa Watkins will not likely be a finalist for the principal's position, system officials said Monday.

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Forest foundation may study problem of stormwater runoff
AIKEN - The guardians of Hitchcock Woods are looking at some new solutions to an old problem of stormwater runoff and resulting erosion in the 2,000-acre urban forest used by horse riders and nature lovers.

Guard and Reserve soldiers face tax bills
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some National Guard and Reserve soldiers called to active duty last year may face a big income tax bill by April 15.

Beasley campaigns for Senate
COLUMBIA - Former Gov. David Beasley on Monday officially began his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, saying he would fight threats to national security, economic security and traditional values.

School vending machines present quandary
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The school vending machine is surrounded by controversy these days.

Inquiry centers on chief of police
AIKEN - New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan has denied he misused his work computer for personal matters and said a current investigation into the matter would find him innocent, former town Councilman Vernon Dunbar said Monday.

Drought leaves once-lush marsh as mud flats
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A four-year drought is at least partly to blame for the recent demise of more than 1,000 acres of Georgia's salt marsh, but experts say that's not the full story.

Teen goes to science nationals
ATHENS, Ga. - A computer-savvy high school senior has made his way from a classroom math project to the finals of a national science contest.

MCG plans billing change

'Evolution' stirs curriculum bill
ATLANTA - A short-lived plan to delete the word "evolution" from Georgia's science curriculum inspired some lawmakers to propose new rules Monday for how the state decides what to teach in schools.

Two die in house fire in Cherokee County
CANTON, Ga. -- Two children who had been left at home alone died early Monday when the single-story house their parents were renting was destroyed by fire, authorities said.

Commissioners will decide on qualifications
Jumping into the teaching profession in Georgia is expected to get a lot easier this week.

Rants and raves
MY RANT IS against MCG. There's an awful lot of people, including me, who cannot afford to pay $50 a visit or anything else for that matter. I think that Chancellor Thomas Meredith, when he gets sick, should go get himself a dog from the dog pound and see if that will cure him.

House bills would strengthen state ban on same-sex marriages
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In the wake of a Massachusetts court ruling that paves the way for gay marriages, some South Carolina lawmakers are introducing legislation to prohibit the Palmetto State's recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Teen goes to science nationals

Bill legalizing tattoos headed to House
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Legislators who support a bill legalizing tattooing in South Carolina are increasingly optimistic it might become law after it passed a House committee Tuesday.

Inquiry centers on chief of police

Public Service Commission overhaul approved
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Elections for the Public Service Commission have been scheduled for March 3 after a two-year delay as the Legislature argued about overhauling the panel that regulates utilities.

South Carolina law firm opens D.C. office
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of the state's largest law firms has opened an office in Washington, D.C.

Humane Society turns away fraternity members who killed raccoon
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia fraternity members involved in the killing, skinning and eating of a raccoon were ordered to do community service as part of their punishment - but one organization doesn't want their help.

Creating the Oscar stage and coaxing celebrities onto it
LOS ANGELES -- It's three weeks before the Academy Awards, and the celebrity presenters are hidden under a white sheet.

Critical choice

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

Creating the Oscar stage and coaxing celebrities onto it

Oscar nominees assemble for annual luncheon

Oscar nominees assemble for annual luncheon
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Everybody always says it's an honor just to be nominated for an Oscar - but they always leave out the part about the nifty sweat shirt they get.

'Finding Nemo' wins best film at animation industry awards
GLENDALE, Calif. -- The fish story "Finding Nemo" took top honors Saturday at the animation industry's 31st annual Annie Awards, earning nine awards, including best theatrical feature, best directing and best voice acting.

Norah Jones releases second disc
NEW YORK -- When Norah Jones' debut CD, "Come Away With Me," was released nearly two years ago, it floated into record stores with little fanfare and no hype.

Norah Jones releases second disc

More engine gains ahead for Ford

Gordon relishes role of forgotten driver

Matt Kenseth: The boring champ

More engine gains ahead for Ford
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As good as his cars have been in winning the Budweiser Shootout and sweeping the front row for Sunday's Daytona 500, Ford racing boss Dan Davis insists there's more to come.

Daytona: Martin's 20th try
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mark Martin knows his way around the track at Daytona International Speedway. But as he prepares to race in his 20th Daytona 500 on Sunday, Martin is still looking for his first win on the famous 2.5-mile oval.

Biffle wins Daytona pole with newfound power
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For years, Jack Roush and Robert Yates were bitter competitors. They rarely spoke and even avoided eye contact during the NASCAR season.

Daytona: Martin's 20th try

Track worker killed by paraplegic's car
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A paraplegic who wanted to pursue his love of racing. A worker trying to do his job in the middle of the track. A tragic Daytona accident that's sure to spur debate about yellow flags and disabled drivers.

NASCAR Truck Series has a deep talent pool

In NASCAR, lines blurred between racing and religion
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When Bobby Labonte takes the green flag in Sunday's Daytona 500, he'll be racing for victory - and the Lord.

Matt Kenseth: The boring champ
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Should the NASCAR champion have a feisty personality, a flashy nickname, a bit of pizazz?

Biffle wins Daytona pole with newfound power

Champ's son waits for shot
INDIANAPOLIS - Arie Luyendyk Jr. will start the season in the developmental Infiniti Pro Series while he tries to line up sponsorship for at least a part-time ride in the Indy Racing League.

In NASCAR, lines blurred between racing and religion

NASCAR Truck Series has a deep talent pool
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Travis Kvapil is not the typical defending series champion.

Track worker killed by paraplegic's car

Gordon relishes role of forgotten driver
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-Jeff Gordon should not be able to sneak up on anyone. Those four Winston Cup championship trophies tend to clang together when you tiptoe.

Raptors take out Warriors in OT

76ers replace Ayers with assistant Ford
PHILADELPHIA -- Randy Ayers lost his job after less than a season as the Philadelphia 76ers' coach. If the team doesn't turn things around, others might be on their way out, too.

Rodman submits not guilty plea in Las Vegas DUI case

Potential jurors in Jayson Williams trial questioned about shooting of dog
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- More than half the people who qualified as potential jurors in the manslaughter trial of Jayson Williams were re-interviewed Monday regarding recent media coverage, and nearly all were aware of reports that the former NBA star had killed his dog.

Hundred-hanger honored A half Century later
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. - Scoring 100 points in a basketball game might seem like the ultimate expression of selfishness.

Grizzlies edge out Timberwolves 99-98
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are finding it increasingly difficult to wait until the fourth quarter to make their comeback.

76ers replace Ayers with assistant Ford

Trail Blazers beat SuperSonics
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The turbulent Trail Blazers of two weeks ago seem to have settled down.

Grizzlies edge out Timberwolves 99-98

Raptors take out Warriors in OT
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Richardson could only shake his head after the Golden State Warriors let a big lead get away with one of the worst performances ever in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant attorneys step up attack on rape-shield law
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's defense team stepped up its attack Tuesday on a state law that makes it difficult to bring up the sexual history of alleged rape victims at trial.

Lakers top the Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal was far from pleased after the Los Angeles Lakers' biggest comeback win of the season.

Trail Blazers beat SuperSonics

Trading for Wallace reminiscent of deal for Rider
ATLANTA -- The last time the Atlanta Hawks traded for a notorious malcontent - from the Portland Trail Blazers, no less - the results were less than acceptable.

Potential jurors in Jayson Williams trial questioned about shooting of dog

Rodman submits not guilty plea in Las Vegas DUI case
LAS VEGAS -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of drunken driving, reckless driving and obstruction in an October motorcycle crash in Las Vegas.

Kobe Bryant attorneys step up attack on rape-shield law

Lakers top the Magic

Trading for Wallace reminiscent of deal for Rider

Bryant sits out game against Heat
MIAMI -- Kobe Bryant sat out the Lakers' game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night because the cut on his right index finger is not completely healed.

Pacers, Jags clash
It's an old-fashioned battle of contrasting styles of basketball tonight.

Indiana's Ewing benched for academic performance
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana forward Pat Ewing Jr. will not play against Penn State on Wednesday for academic reasons.

Kentucky at its best in close games
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky is 7-0 this basketball season in games decided by five points or less, including a 3-0 mark in one-point games, numbers that lead coach Tubby Smith to one conclusion.

Majerus says he won't return to coach Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- Rick Majerus said Tuesday he will not coach the University of Utah again this season, ending his 15-year association with the school he brought to national prominence.

Lady Vols coping without Moore at point guard
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee is inventing new ways to handle the ball now that point guard Loree Moore is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.

Wyche returns to NFL, raspy voice and all

Brunell talking directly to Redskins, no deal imminent

Bears hire Dunbar as defensive line coach

Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald decides to enter draft

NFL asks judge to suspend order on draft

Federal judge upholds lawsuit challenging NFL

Panthers turn focus toward repeat trip to Super Bowl

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Greek police training for suicide attacks

Cuban wants his players to choose between team and Olympics

Greek police training for suicide attacks
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek police have been training with Israeli experts to deal with possible suicide bombings during the Olympics and have planned for attacks like the one carried out against the Moscow subway.

Sarajevo recalls better times on Olympic anniversary
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- With tears rolling down her cheeks, Katarina Witt watched a video of her 1984 Olympic performance as part of a tribute marking the 20th anniversary of the Sarajevo Games.

Costa Rica outs Honduras 2-0

Costa Rica outs Honduras 2-0
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Costa Rica qualified for the Athens Olympics on Tuesday, getting goals by Jose Luis Lopez and Alvaro Saborio to beat Honduras 2-0.

Cuban wants his players to choose between team and Olympics
ATLANTA -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban already was against his players participating in international play. Watching forward Eduardo Najera get into a fight during an Olympic qualifying tournament over the summer only added to Cuban's resolve.

Sarajevo recalls better times on Olympic anniversary

Kent: Payday loan bills attack working poor
ANYONE TIRED of government's constant assault on free enterprise can look to Georgia as the latest example where a legitimate industry is targeted for destruction.

Kent: Payday loan bills attack working poor
ANYONE TIRED of government's constant assault on free enterprise can look to Georgia as the latest example where a legitimate industry is targeted for destruction.

Newfoundland, Norfolk terrier favorites

Lewis retires without fulfilling promise or fans

Going to the big dogs

Miller's spirits undented following slalom second place

Rubin, Dementieva commit to Family Circle

French teen Golovin wins when Smashnova-Pistolesi quits

Paerson wins, Americans place 3 in top 10 at slalom

New amenities attract tourney

U.S. team has fun while winning

U.S. men need win over Mexico to avoid joining baseball on Olympic sidelines

Overtime

Gamecocks stay in top 25

Even with shaky defense, Howard keeps winning
LONDON -- Tim Howard keeps watching the ball whiz by him into the net.

Miller's spirits undented following slalom second place
ADELBODEN, Switzerland -- Nothing could dent Bode Miller's spirits following his best slalom result in more than a year.

Going to the big dogs
NEW YORK - His barks bouncing all around the arena, Josh looked eager to get going. And with a lick of a fan's face and guided by his lucky leash, the big, black Newfoundland bounded back onto the green carpet at Madison Square Garden.

French teen Golovin wins when Smashnova-Pistolesi quits
PARIS -- French teen Tatiana Golovin erased two match points Tuesday and reached the second round of the Gaz de France when sixth-seeded Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi quit with leg cramps.

U.S. team has fun while winning
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Patrick McEnroe made one thing perfectly clear when he replaced his brother John as U.S. Davis Cup captain in 2000: He wanted a roster of players eager to play in the event.

Overtime
McCormick's Charlie Combs and East Clarendon's Dwayne Howell were announced as head coaches for the 2004 North-South all-star game on Dec. 11 this fall.

Rusedski arrives for hearing on drug test
MONTREAL -- Greg Rusedski arrived Monday for a doping hearing, which could result in a two-year ban for the former U.S. Open finalist.

Newfoundland, Norfolk terrier favorites
NEW YORK - With so many top dogs in town, any win at Westminster is a big deal. So it made perfect sense that Karen Mammano let out a playful yelp when the judge picked her American water spaniel.

Overtime
MIAMI - A top high school linebacker who signed with Miami last week was charged with violating his probation Monday.

Rubin, Dementieva commit to Family Circle
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chanda Rubin and Elena Dementieva have committed to play in the Family Circle Cup this April, tournament officials said Monday

New amenities attract tourney
Richard Cutler gave a tour of the new 8,000 square foot clubhouse at The Club at Raes Creek on Monday.

U.S. men need win over Mexico to avoid joining baseball on Olympic sidelines
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Already missing the U.S. baseball team, the Athens Olympics would be without the men's soccer squad, too, unless the Americans win at Mexico on Tuesday night.

Lewis retires without fulfilling promise or fans
By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist

Adu works out with D.C. United
BRADENTON, Fla. - Freddy Adu sat on a golf cart, fiddling with his cell phone, and waiting for the start of his first professional practice.

Gamecocks stay in top 25
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Paerson wins, Americans place 3 in top 10 at slalom
ZWIESEL, Germany -- Two races, two wins, two titles. It was a good World Cup weekend for Anja Paerson.

Prep Tournament information
Here is a list of prep boy's and girl's tournment dates and times.

Bears hire Dunbar as defensive line coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Karl Dunbar was hired by the Chicago Bears as defensive line coach Tuesday.

Panthers turn focus toward repeat trip to Super Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Not even a kind note from Joe Torre could help Carolina coach John Fox get past the sting from the Panthers' Super Bowl loss.

Cowboys QB Hutchinson among 229 NFL Europe invitees
IRVING, Texas -- Chad Hutchinson is headed to Europe to try proving to Bill Parcells that he can be an NFL quarterback.

NFL asks judge to suspend order on draft
NEW YORK -- The NFL asked a judge Tuesday to suspend her decision to allow high school players into the draft, arguing that an onslaught of teenagers would harm the league, its athletes and college football.

Tentative agreement reached to keep Pro Bowl in Hawaii
HONOLULU -- A tentative agreement has been reached to keep the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii through 2009.

Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald decides to enter draft
PITTSBURGH - Larry Fitzgerald finally made the decision everyone expected: to enter the NFL Draft.

NHL Capsules
PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie Antero Niittymaki stopped 35 shots for his third win in as many starts, leading the Philadelphia Flyers over the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Federal judge upholds lawsuit challenging NFL
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge ruled Monday that a taxpayer can pursue a lawsuit alleging that the NFL has illegally used its clout to "extort" new stadiums from cities.

Wyche returns to NFL, raspy voice and all
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Only Sam Wyche's voice sounds rusty - a permanent condition and the result of a severed vocal chord.

Brunell talking directly to Redskins, no deal imminent
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are letting Mark Brunell talk directly to the Washington Redskins and other teams interested in trading for him.

Newcomers and points plentiful in Pro Bowl
HONOLULU - Although Chad Johnson caught a 90-yard touchdown pass on the first play of his first Pro Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals' brash receiver had a feeling more spectacular feats were in store.

France's lower house votes to ban religious apparel in public school
PARIS -- France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to ban students from wearing Islamic head scarves and other religious apparel in public schools.

Soldiers and reservists get special tax breaks
WASHINGTON -- Soldiers in combat live in exceptional circumstances, and the Internal Revenue Service recognizes that at tax time with extended deadlines and special tax breaks.

IRS finds money hidden offshore, shares tax abuse leads with states
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday it had collected $170 million in taxes and penalties on money hidden offshore and has shared with state tax agencies information about 20,000 taxpayers using scams and shelters to avoid taxes.

E-file early, then pay later electronically
Are you one of the almost 100 million taxpayers who will receive a refund this year? The IRS says that requesting direct deposit and filing your tax return electronically (e-filing) will put that money in your pocket faster and easier.

The Beatles endure 40 years after live debut on Sullivan show
NEW YORK -- It was black and white, and watched all over.

'NYPD Blue' to return for one last season
LOS ANGELES -- The cops from "NYPD Blue" will be on the beat one more season, their 12th, and then take retirement, ABC announced Monday.

Conan O'Brien takes his late-night show to Toronto
NEW YORK -- Florida in the winter is a natural road trip. Not to Conan O'Brien: He's heading north this week, the second time NBC's "Late Night" has ventured out of New York during his 10 years as host.

The Beatles endure 40 years after live debut on Sullivan show

Docudrama takes timely look at murder case
LOS ANGELES - With the Scott Peterson murder case still in pretrial maneuvering, Dean Cain had to make a choice.

Conan O'Brien takes his late-night show to Toronto

Michael J. Fox scrubs up for series TV return

Grammys get 26.3 million viewers to lead CBS to ratings win

Michael J. Fox scrubs up for series TV return
LOS ANGELES -- Michael J. Fox couldn't resist the lure of television comedy or an executive producer's pleas.

Grammys get 26.3 million viewers to lead CBS to ratings win
NEW YORK -- Despite - or maybe because of - the Janet Jackson breast-baring fallout, the Grammys were seen by 26.3 million viewers, making Sunday night's awards show the third-most watched Grammy telecast of the last 10 years.

Docudrama takes timely look at murder case

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'Star Wars' saga to debut on DVD in September

Woman drops lawsuit over Super Bowl halftime show

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Bulldogs must find way to control Freije
Vanderbilt senior Matt Freije gives most opponents nightmares when he suits up for a game.

Bulldogs must find way to control Freije

Gamecocks roll to victory

Gamecocks roll to victory
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - South Carolina finished the fall golf season with a victory in Hawaii. The Gamecocks began the spring season Tuesday with a victory.

Bulldogs to test talented Gamecocks
If there's a secret to beating No. 6 Mississippi State, not many teams have had success finding it.

Bulldogs to test talented Gamecocks

Musical teens to live out their dreams
They play guitar, violin, piano and drums, sing, write lyrics and dream.

Question of the week
When did you last check out a book from the library?

Holiday of hearts has no appeal for males

The road to romance is paved with many obstacles
Distance and parental disapproval can complicate a teen relationship.

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Holiday of hearts has no appeal for males
Valentine's Day is not my favorite holiday. OK, it is not even in my Top 10.

The road to romance is paved with many obstacles

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Musical teens to live out their dreams

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Grammy-winner Norah Jones returns with Feels Like Home, and Kylie Minogue looks for some more crossover hits with Body Language.

Your style
THE FACTS: Tab Davis, 12, a seventh-grader at Columbia Middle School.

Telling truth can help keep parents' trust
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm 16, and my male friend is 22. I told my parents he's 19. Should I tell the truth or should I just keep the age on the low?

Question of the week

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Aiken's talent gains quick win

Aiken's talent gains quick win
Most bands put countless hours into rehearsing for performances and learning pieces of music, but members of the Aiken High School woodwind ensemble didn't take long to produce the piece that earned the school a chance to play host to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for a day.

Telling truth can help keep parents' trust

Odds and Ends

Police discover kidnapping victim during traffic stop

Bicyclist charged with shooting motorist in fight over obscene gesture

Police hand millionaire a record speeding fine

Girl dies after being dragged by coat caught in car door

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Newcomers and points plentiful in Pro Bowl