Yankees to break $200 million barrier

Yankees to break $200 million barrier
NEW YORK - There appear to be few, if any, limits to what the Yankees can afford, the reason they can add Randy Johnson and perhaps Carlos Beltran to their firmament of stars.

Yankees close to a deal for Randy Johnson

Yankees close to a deal for Randy Johnson
NEW YORK - The Arizona Diamondbacks and Yankees were close to a deal Thursday that would send Randy Johnson to New York, with the teams still trying to finalize details of the trade.

Yankees to break $200 million barrier
NEW YORK - There appear to be few, if any, limits to what the Yankees can afford, the reason they can add Randy Johnson and perhaps Carlos Beltran to their firmament of stars.

Johnson will join Yankees
NEW YORK - Randy Johnson finally appears headed to New York.

Sugary delights are behind all those weight-loss goals

Passengers grew testy during extra 18 hours on plane
SEATTLE - Some of the 300 passengers stuck on an international flight that was delayed 18 hours by fog, regulations and mechanical glitches said the passengers were almost ready to riot as the wait dragged on.

Odds and Ends
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - There's some unwanted dribbling going on at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Longtime banker moves on

Few had foreseen ouster of star CEO
WASHINGTON - If what goes up must come down, then maybe it was inevitable that Franklin D. Raines' rise through the worlds of business and politics would end.

Holidays don't cheer airlines
The busy holiday travel period is supposed to put a smile on the face of the airline industry. Instead, it got a black eye as payback for a few severe customer service blunders.

Longtime banker moves on
When Patti Leopard started her career in banking, tellers' offices were open only until 2 p.m.

High-end shopping adds to city's allure
LAS VEGAS - Just before a luxury shopping mall opened at Caesars Palace in 1992, the mall's marketing director, Maureen Crampton, stood behind the closed doors and thought to herself, "I do hope somebody is on the other side."

Pentagon considering cutbacks to include F-22 fighter
WASHINGTON - The Navy would retire one of its 12 aircraft carriers and the Air Force would reduce its buy of F-22 stealth fighters under budget proposals being discussed in the Pentagon, officials said Thursday.

New owners look to expand gas business
Liquid propane is growing in popularity, but it isn't much good if you can't move it.

Company to sell Bi-Lo in '05
In a transaction set to close during the first quarter of 2005, Bi-Lo supermarkets will be sold to the Dallas,Texas-based investment company Lone Star Funds.

Jobless claims fall, economy improving

Holidays don't cheer airlines
The busy holiday travel period is supposed to put a smile on the face of the airline industry. Instead, it got a black eye as payback for a few severe customer service blunders.

New owners look to expand gas business
Liquid propane is growing in popularity, but it isn't much good if you can't move it.

Jobless claims fall, economy improving
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a hopeful sign that the recovery in the jobs market is moving ahead.

Holidays don't cheer airlines

Pension agency to take over United pilots' funds
CHICAGO - The government's pension agency moved Thursday to assume responsibility for the pensions of United Airlines pilots, an action it already faced having to take next year when the bankrupt carrier dumps its defined-benefit pensions.

New owners look to expand gas business

Pentagon considering cutbacks to include F-22 fighter

Georgia women cruise to win

Seminoles' Rix finishes rocky career
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bobby Bowden is giving quarterback Chris Rix a last chance for some redemption.

Teams see the need for speed
TAMPA, Fla. - It's a subject that Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has been asked about every day since arriving in town last Sunday, and one he's frankly getting tired of talking about: Big Ten size vs. Southeastern Conference speed, particularly as it pertains to his Badgers and the Georgia Bulldogs in today's Outback Bowl.

Teams see the need for speed

Florida, Miami left to play for 'state title'
ATLANTA - Florida linebacker Travis Harris last played in the Georgia Dome as a freshman in 2000, when the Gators beat Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Louisville squeaks by Boise State

Nation's top two offenses to battle in Liberty Bowl

Louisville squeaks by Boise State
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Louisville is entering the Big East Conference in grand style - snapping Boise State's 22-game winning streak in the highest-scoring Liberty Bowl ever.

Lame-duck coaches insisted on seeing seasons through
TEMPE, Ariz. - Call it the "Lame Duck Bowl." Urban Meyer of Utah and Walt Harris of Pittsburgh will coach the final game at their respective schools in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night before moving on to new jobs.

Bowl capsules for New Year's Day games

Nation's top two offenses to battle in Liberty Bowl
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Louisville and the Boise State consider the Liberty Bowl the biggest game in the history of each program.

Bowl capsules for New Year's Day games

Georgia women cruise to win
ATHENS, Ga. - Tasha Humphrey scored a game-high 24 points and had 12 rebounds to lead No. 16 Georgia to a 78-57 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.

Teams see the need for speed
TAMPA, Fla. - It's a subject that Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has been asked about every day since arriving in town last Sunday, and one he's frankly getting tired of talking about: Big Ten size vs. Southeastern Conference speed, particularly as it pertains to his Badgers and the Georgia Bulldogs in today's Outback Bowl.

Seminoles' Rix finishes rocky career

Lame-duck coaches insisted on seeing seasons through

Bowl capsules for New Year's Day games

Boston tops N. Carolina in Continental Tire Bowl

Boston tops N. Carolina in Continental Tire Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Paul Peterson broke his hand, it probably cost Boston College a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. When the quarterback broke his leg, the Eagles refused to let it ruin their consolation game.

Louisville squeaks by Boise State
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Louisville is entering the Big East Conference in grand style - snapping Boise State's 22-game winning streak in the highest-scoring Liberty Bowl ever.

Ohio State beats Saint Joseph's

Defending champs struggling at home and away

Augusta's resolution

Augusta's resolution
The Augusta area's biggest story of 2004 was what didn't happen. Perhaps the area's biggest story in 2005 will be what does happen.

Center will miss CEO
The National Science Center is going to miss Joe Edwards in a big way. He's leaving the center's CEO post that he took over from Paul S. Simon in June 2002, and did a wonderful job under very trying circumstances.

A killer we can eliminate

Wishful thinking?
This is it. Well, after the weekend, anyway. This is the year you get in physical shape, stop smoking or drinking or biting your nails.

A killer we can eliminate
If there were a mysterious ailment killing off or maiming 10,000 children each year, the world would unite to fight it.

A killer we can eliminate
If there were a mysterious ailment killing off or maiming 10,000 children each year, the world would unite to fight it.

The miracle toddler
It's unwieldy, unpredictable, unreliable, largely uncharted and unregulated - and, increasingly, indispensable.

The miracle toddler

Celebrity interviews going back to the future
EDITOR'S NOTE: One in an occasional series on an earlier time in Hollywood. The author has been covering the movie world for the AP for more than 60 years.

People in the News
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Sarajevo authorities will name a street after Susan Sontag, who helped the city's residents during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Forget 2005, chew on beginnings of things past
The last day of the year, a time to ponder new beginnings - right?

Celebrity interviews going back to the future
EDITOR'S NOTE: One in an occasional series on an earlier time in Hollywood. The author has been covering the movie world for the AP for more than 60 years.

Entertainment 2004... what might have been
NEW YORK - Just think: Instead of exposing Janet Jackson's breast at the Super Bowl last Feb. 1, what if Justin Timberlake reached across her chest, fumbled with Jackson's top and.... The stitching holds! There is no malfunction!

Bond market defies expectations in 2004

Bond market defies expectations in 2004
NEW YORK - The bond market wasn't supposed to finish out the year this way. With the dollar slumping, the U.S. economy improving and the Federal Reserve taking action to keep growth in check, the good times were supposed to fizzle.

Bond market defies expectations in 2004
NEW YORK - The bond market wasn't supposed to finish out the year this way. With the dollar slumping, the U.S. economy improving and the Federal Reserve taking action to keep growth in check, the good times were supposed to fizzle.

Fishing tournaments

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament?

Full moon can lead to a forgettable time
Charter captain David Willard always hates it when the moon turns full, "because those fish eat all night long," making hybrids and striped bass tough to catch the next day.

Study: Eating fast food frequently does supersize you

Study: Eating fast food frequently does supersize you
LONDON - A new study gives scientific clout to a conclusion many already see as obvious: Eating lots of fast food makes you fat and increases the chance of developing diabetes.

Tips can keep plants healthy during winter
Winter is the time for our houseplants to take a deserved rest.

Tips can keep plants healthy during winter

Forget 'garden work' - think 'garden exercise'
NEW MARKET, Va. - If Jeffrey Restuccio were to draft a New Year's resolution for gardeners, it would be "garden to exercise and exercise to garden."

Forget 'garden work' - think 'garden exercise'

Kansas, Georgia Tech meet again
LAWRENCE, Kan. - For a long time, Kansas coach Bill Self showed no interest in the film from the Jayhawks' final basketball game last season.

Kansas, Georgia Tech meet again
LAWRENCE, Kan. - For a long time, Kansas coach Bill Self showed no interest in the film from the Jayhawks' final basketball game last season.

Kansas, Georgia Tech meet again

Man with a new plan
It's a statement that on one hand makes no sense, but on the other perfectly defines Charles Howell circa 2004.

Man with a new plan

Wilson will play around the globe
Anxiety gripped Oliver Wilson as he sat and waited. The Englishman, now an Augusta resident, traveled the world in 2004.

Wilson will play around the globe
Anxiety gripped Oliver Wilson as he sat and waited. The Englishman, now an Augusta resident, traveled the world in 2004.

Wilson will play around the globe

Detroit in funk without game

Detroit in funk without game
DETROIT - There's a hole in the heart of Hockeytown. Joe Louis Arena was dark and empty New Year's Eve.

Detroit in funk without game
DETROIT - There's a hole in the heart of Hockeytown. Joe Louis Arena was dark and empty New Year's Eve.

Sugary delights are behind all those weight-loss goals
I don't think people decide to lose weight Jan. 1 because they resolve to make themselves healthier and slimmer in the year ahead.

Ammonia leak prompts warning
An ammonia leak at a warehouse near Fourth and Hale streets, early New Years Day prompted Richmond County emergency management officials to warn residents in more than 1,700 homes to stay indoors and sheriffs deputies to block-off streets within a half-mile radius of the facility.

SRS proud of its accomplishments
Thank you for your recent article concerning the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program. It was very informative and explained the benefits of being involved in a VPP. Jimmy Hendrix, Augusta

Dems deserve full prosecution
Democrats' political campaign tactics for 2004 sank to an all-time low; their comments and conduct deserve criminal prosecution. John C. Mullen, Evans

Dems deserve full prosecution

Good Samaritans save aging mom

Reporter provides public service
This is in response to Eddie Mulherin's letter Dec. 28 ("Father a victim of yellow journalism"). Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez, Augusta

SRS proud of its accomplishments

Regarding Santa: He's about giving!
Regarding the Dec. 20 article about Jim and Lynda Williamson ("Couple have spirit of Santa"), I would like to make a few comments. George T. Brown, Grovetown

Dems deserve full prosecution
Democrats' political campaign tactics for 2004 sank to an all-time low; their comments and conduct deserve criminal prosecution. John C. Mullen, Evans

What right is there to deny treatment?
My wife and I have lived in Greene County since 1994, and have looked forward to improved retail and medical facilities moving into the area. Durward Thomas "Tom" Roberts, Jr., Greensboro

Illegals overrunning South Carolina
In reference to "Family is central to Hispanic traditions" (Dec. 25): Many of the Hispanics in South Carolina are here illegally. Shawn Sparling, Aiken, S.C.

Reporter provides public service

Good Samaritans save aging mom
Five days before Christmas, my 86-year-old mother slipped on the ice of her steep driveway while trying to retrieve a trash can ... . She fell on her face and broke her shoulder, cut her arm and was badly bruised with large hematomas on her forehead and hand. The cuts and bruises were horrendous. Gene T. Gaines, Augusta

Toyota makes Tacoma bigger, bolder

Web site delivers the trendiest totes

Pilates builds strength to achieve fitness level

Style Briefs

High-end jeans carry $1,000 price tag

Spyware and other pests continue to plague Internet

Toyota makes Tacoma bigger, bolder
Small, wimpy trucks are out. Bold, larger trucks - very nearly busting out of the "compact pickup" category - are in.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - It's the season of fashion doldrums. Fall clothes are looking a little "last season" and it's too cold to wear the spring styles stores are tempting shoppers with.

Pilates builds strength to achieve fitness level
Combining resistance and stretching, Pilates is an exercise form that has garnered devotees from dancers to dads.

Web site delivers the trendiest totes
NEW YORK - Handbag enthusiasts disappointed that Santa didn't drop off the latest Fendi baguette or Prada backpack this holiday season have another option: Bag, Borrow or Steal.

High-end jeans carry $1,000 price tag
NEW YORK - Designer jeans costing $150 can hardly be called expensive now that Calvin Stewart has entered the fray.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - It's the season of fashion doldrums. Fall clothes are looking a little "last season" and it's too cold to wear the spring styles stores are tempting shoppers with.

EBay latest to drop Microsoft authentication tech
NEW YORK - EBay Inc. became the latest Web site to say it will stop using Microsoft Corp.'s Passport user authentication system, as Microsoft continues to scale back the service.

High-end jeans carry $1,000 price tag
NEW YORK - Designer jeans costing $150 can hardly be called expensive now that Calvin Stewart has entered the fray.

Web site delivers the trendiest totes
NEW YORK - Handbag enthusiasts disappointed that Santa didn't drop off the latest Fendi baguette or Prada backpack this holiday season have another option: Bag, Borrow or Steal.

Spyware and other pests continue to plague Internet
NEW YORK - Computer worms raced around the world, leaving behind tools that spread spam. Scammers sent e-mail to trick bank account holders into revealing passwords. Rogue programs known as "spyware" hijacked Web browsers and crippled computers.

Augusta comes out scoring
There are two quick ways to win over hockey fans: score and fight.

Augusta comes out scoring

Ammonia leak prompts warning

Holiday closings

Kid of the Day
Savannah "Abbey" Godwin is today's Kid of the Day.

Local events and services

Across the area

Across the area

Across the area
Investigators have confirmed that the fire in a New Ellenton home where two mentally and physically disabled adults died started in a wood furnace at the rear of the 21-year-old brick residence, New Ellenton Police Chief Jeff Smith said Thursday.

Rants and Raves
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The long road back to normal

The long road back to normal
As the year ends, tire prints from the school bus are still visible on Tyeisha Mims' midsection.

Man overcame obstacles, family says
On Dec. 24, longtime Aiken resident Joel Bruce Burris died after a brief illness.

Changes are set for 2005

Forecast favors travelers
Travelers in the Southeast should encounter no problems from Mother Nature this weekend.

Forecast favors travelers

Changes are set for 2005
The Georgia Forestry Commission's Columbia County office will be turning a couple of new leaves starting New Year's Day.

Experience level drops at Capitol
ATLANTA - The guard will change in more ways than one this year when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Across the area
A Thomson Police officer died Friday afternoon after an accident in North Carolina.

Kicking habit requires plan
An estimated 20 million smokers want to lose their butts this year, some of them for the second, third or even fifth time, according to a national survey.

Kid of the Day
Savannah "Abbey" Godwin is today's Kid of the Day.

Judge swears in new officials

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Police aim for holiday safety
Law enforcement officers want New Year's Eve revelers to live to party another year. That's why they'll be out in force today to take drunken drivers and other lawbreakers off the streets.

2004 was wetter, cooler in Augusta
Hurricanes and tropical weather helped make Augusta's weather cooler and wetter throughout much of 2004, and experts predict more of the same in 2005.

Season raises risk of suicide
AIKEN -- While the holiday season is a cheerful and jolly time for many people, it can be a difficult period for people who experience the symptoms of depression.

Kicking habit requires plan
An estimated 20 million smokers want to lose their butts this year, some of them for the second, third or even fifth time, according to a national survey.

Restaurant theft leads to new investigation

Season raises risk of suicide

Kicking habit requires plan

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - State health officials plan to begin posting any disciplinary actions they take against hospitals and doctors' offices on their Web site.

Delays frustrate business owners

Experience level drops at Capitol
ATLANTA - The guard will change in more ways than one this year when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for New Year's Day:

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Across the area
A Thomson Police officer died Friday afternoon after an accident in North Carolina.

News you can use

News you can use
­Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Local events and services
Here is a sampling of New Year's festivities at nightspots and restaurants.

2004 was wetter, cooler in Augusta
Hurricanes and tropical weather helped make Augusta's weather cooler and wetter throughout much of 2004, and experts predict more of the same in 2005.

Delays frustrate business owners
Vickie Clifton can quantify precisely how much the roadwork delays at Mike Padgett Highway and Bobby Jones Expressway have cost her liquor store: $10,000 a month for the past six months.

'Chronicle' tips hat to etiquette instructor

Forecast favors travelers
Travelers in the Southeast should encounter no problems from Mother Nature this weekend.

Across the region

Police step up search efforts in kidnapping
On a foggy New Year's Eve, Richmond County sheriff's investigators continued to search for a woman they said was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

Tech school to receive funds
Gov. Sonny Perdue will release $4.6 million for the construction of a Columbia County technical school branch, an economic goal of local and state legislators for more than five years.

Campaign targets unsafe driving
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety wants to send a message to partygoers who drive under the influence of alcohol over the holiday weekend.

Man is linked to earlier theft
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have linked a man arrested in Sunday's burglary of a Mexican restaurant to an unsolved break-in at the same restaurant last year.

'Chronicle' tips hat to etiquette instructor
AIKEN - In the warm, sunlit room where Sissy Brodie spends winter afternoons, a hodgepodge of pictures are surrounded by a frame covered with a mosaic of items - a matchbox, a tiny plastic giraffe and a puzzle piece that was made into a broach.

Goodbye to neighborhood fixture

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Judge is recalled as caring, thorough
Thomas Mitchell Odom started law school when he was barely 16 and graduated from Tennessee's Cumberland University just two years later.

Across Georgia
NEW ORLEANS - A Georgia college student in town for a flag football tournament was killed early Friday in a scuffle with security workers at a Bourbon Street nightclub, police said.

Judge swears in new officials
Judge Buddy Jolles swears in members of the Richmond County School Board Helen Minchew, Marion Barnes, Barbara Pulliam, Jimmy Atkins and Joe Scott at the Municipal Building in Augusta Thursday afternoon.

Restaurant theft leads to new investigation
An investigation into a burglary at Veracruz Mexican restaurant has spun off into another investigation, but officials kept tight-lipped Friday about what they're investigating.

Across Georgia

Police step up search efforts in kidnapping
On a foggy New Year's Eve, Richmond County sheriff's investigators continued to search for a woman they said was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

Kid of the Day

Campaign targets unsafe driving
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety wants to send a message to partygoers who drive under the influence of alcohol over the holiday weekend.

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Delays frustrate business owners
Vickie Clifton can quantify precisely how much the roadwork delays at Mike Padgett Highway and Bobby Jones Expressway have cost her liquor store: $10,000 a month for the past six months.

Police step up search efforts in kidnapping

Across South Carolina

2004 was wetter, cooler in Augusta

Goodbye to neighborhood fixture
Millwee Owens Jr. first visited Interstate Supply Co. in 1949, when he tried to sell the owner a used truck.

Kid of the Day
Brysen Jones is today's Kid of the Day.

Renovations slowly near finish
Tennent Houston knows the hard work being done to restore one of Augusta's oldest Baptist churches to its original splendor can't be rushed.

Experience level drops at Capitol

Restaurant theft leads to new investigation
An investigation into a burglary at Veracruz Mexican restaurant has spun off into another investigation, but officials kept tight-lipped Friday about what they're investigating.

Deputies think woman was kidnapped by ex
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing Augusta woman thought to have been assaulted and kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Wednesday night.

Across Georgia
NEW ORLEANS - A Georgia college student in town for a flag football tournament was killed early Friday in a scuffle with security workers at a Bourbon Street nightclub, police said.

Across the region
JEFFERSON, GA. - A police officer was shot and killed Wednesday night in a gunfight after a chase of a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 129 in Jackson County in northeast Georgia, authorities said.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - State health officials plan to begin posting any disciplinary actions they take against hospitals and doctors' offices on their Web site.

Kid of the Day

Ammonia leak prompts warning
An ammonia leak at a warehouse near Fourth and Hale streets, early New Year’s Day prompted Richmond County emergency management officials to warn residents in more than 1,700 homes to stay indoors and sheriff’s deputies to block-off streets within a half-mile radius of the facility.

Changes are set for 2005
The Georgia Forestry Commission's Columbia County office will be turning a couple of new leaves starting New Year's Day.

Campaign targets unsafe driving

Gordon wins Dakar Rally first stage
BARCELONA, Spain - NASCAR driver Robby Gordon won the opening leg of the Dakar Rally on Friday, the first American to capture a stage in the car division of the world's most grueling road race.

Gordon wins Dakar Rally first stage

Gordon wins Dakar Rally first stage
BARCELONA, Spain - NASCAR driver Robby Gordon won the opening leg of the Dakar Rally on Friday, the first American to capture a stage in the car division of the world's most grueling road race.

Yao leads Shaq by 60,000 in All-Star voting
NEW YORK - Yao Ming is more than 60,000 votes ahead of Shaquille O'Neal in the race to finish No. 1 overall in NBA All-Star game balloting.

Celtics top Wizards, snap losing streak
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics finally found a way back into the win column.

Hawks lose to SuperSonics
ATLANTA - Ray Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lee added 17 as the Seattle SuperSonics overcame the ejections of Jerome James and Danny Fortson to beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-79 Thursday.

UCLA falls to Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Chris Stephens hit five of six free throws in the final 18 seconds as Oregon State held on to beat UCLA 85-80 on Friday.

Defending champs struggling at home and away
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut has lost games, its Top 10 ranking and a whole lot of swagger.

Ohio State beats Saint Joseph's
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Matt Sylvester scored seven Ohio State points in a row - his only points of the game - to lead the Buckeyes to a 72-61 win over Saint Joseph's on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.

Ohio State beats Saint Joseph's
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Matt Sylvester scored seven Ohio State points in a row - his only points of the game - to lead the Buckeyes to a 72-61 win over Saint Joseph's on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.

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Athletes organize aid for tsunami victims

Overtime

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Athletes organize aid for tsunami victims
Several sports teams, athletes and even bowl games are organizing relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia that killed more than 121,000 people and left millions more homeless.

Overtime
A man charged with killing a Vanderbilt football player turned himself in Friday, police in Tampa, Fla., said.

Overtime
A man charged with killing a Vanderbilt football player turned himself in Friday, police in Tampa, Fla., said.

Overtime
Southeastern Louisiana's Hal Mumme was hired by New Mexico State as its coach Thursday.

Federer gearing up for a great 2005
DOHA, Qatar - Roger Federer won 11 singles titles this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events. He wants to do at least as well next season.

Athletes organize aid for tsunami victims
Several sports teams, athletes and even bowl games are organizing relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia that killed more than 121,000 people and left millions more homeless.

2004's best and worst religion books
The year past was an unusual one in religious publishing because some fine books stemmed from Islam and Judaism while Christians bore the blame for the very worst ones.

'Holy Huddle' helps football fans keep the faith
DALLAS - For a long time, the Dallas Cowboys cost the Unity Church of Dallas people and money.

Judge describes his commandments fight in book
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore acknowledges having feelings of "doubt and fear" on the night of July 31, 2001, as he sat alone in his state courthouse office awaiting delivery of a Ten Commandments monument he wanted to install in the rotunda.

From now to eternity
Time, that stuff of life, can be counted by the year, by the hour and as we now know, by the nanosecond. We count as though one second were like the last or the next. And there's the rub.

From now to eternity
Time, that stuff of life, can be counted by the year, by the hour and as we now know, by the nanosecond. We count as though one second were like the last or the next. And there's the rub.

2004's best and worst religion books
The year past was an unusual one in religious publishing because some fine books stemmed from Islam and Judaism while Christians bore the blame for the very worst ones.

Food bank director will take sabbatical
Michael Firmin, the executive director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank, will take a four-month sabbatical starting Monday to write a seminary course and develop a workshop on ministry to the poor.

Judge describes his commandments fight in book
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore acknowledges having feelings of "doubt and fear" on the night of July 31, 2001, as he sat alone in his state courthouse office awaiting delivery of a Ten Commandments monument he wanted to install in the rotunda.

'Holy Huddle' helps football fans keep the faith
DALLAS - For a long time, the Dallas Cowboys cost the Unity Church of Dallas people and money.

Religion News in Brief
MINNEAPOLIS - Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis has barred the Legionaries of Christ religious order from working in the archdiocese and prohibited its associated lay movement Regnum Christi from using archdiocesan property or parishes for its activities.

Religion News in Brief
MINNEAPOLIS - Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis has barred the Legionaries of Christ religious order from working in the archdiocese and prohibited its associated lay movement Regnum Christi from using archdiocesan property or parishes for its activities.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 20-26. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Entertainment 2004... what might have been

Celebrity interviews going back to the future

Forget 2005, chew on beginnings of things past

Georgia driven by incentives
TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles still hopes to be where he and his teammates wanted to end this season - at the Orange Bowl national championship game in Miami.

Georgia driven by incentives

Stetson tops Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Stetson's zone defense stymied Georgia, but Georgia coach Dennis Felton was more concerned with his team's lack of defense after a 56-52 loss Friday.

Georgia driven by incentives
TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles still hopes to be where he and his teammates wanted to end this season - at the Orange Bowl national championship game in Miami.

USC Aiken coach quits
To the total surprise of athletic director Randy Warrick, the USC Aiken men's basketball team will have a new coach in 2005.

South Carolina demolishes Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Josh Gonner scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Carlos Powell had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 24-point halftime lead en route to a 76-44 victory over Wofford on Friday night.

USC Aiken coach quits

Passengers grew testy during extra 18 hours on plane

Odds and Ends

2004's best and worst religion books

From now to eternity

Religion News in Brief

Judge describes his commandments fight in book

'Holy Huddle' helps football fans keep the faith