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Too involved in back-to-school preparation to keep up with what was going on in the real world the past week? Here's an update:

A fire burned Thursday near the village of Kato Kotili, about 170 miles southwest of Athens. Fires have raged in Greece since Aug. 24.  Associated Press
Associated Press
A fire burned Thursday near the village of Kato Kotili, about 170 miles southwest of Athens. Fires have raged in Greece since Aug. 24.

WORLD

GREEK FIRE: Fire service officials in Greece said they have gained control of the hundreds of wildfires burning across the country since Aug. 24. The fires have killed at least 64 people, displaced thousands more and caused extensive property damage throughout the olive-producing heartland of the country.

NATIONAL

ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNS: Alberto Gonzales resigned as U.S. attorney general on Aug. 27, effective Sept. 17.

Mr. Gonzales' resignation comes after months of outrage and investigation over the firing of several federal prosecutors last year, which many said was the result of party politics.

STATE

FORMER OLYMPIC BOMB SUSPECT DIES: Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was accused but later cleared of the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta, died Wednesday in his Georgia home, officials said. Mr. Jewell, 44, had been sick with kidney problems, so authorities don't expect foul play.

EDUCATION

SAT SCORES DECLINE: Average SAT scores in Georgia and South Carolina fell slightly, mirroring national trends where scores on all three portions of the college placement exam slid a combined seven points. Georgia and South Carolina each reported 5-point declines.

In Richmond County scores dipped 46 points, and in Aiken County they dropped 17 points. Columbia County scores were up by one point and Edgefield County had a rise of 35 points.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts School kept its ranking as No. 1 in the state with its score.

SPORTS

MICHAEL VICK PLEADS GUILTY: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on Aug. 27 pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to dogfighting, as expected. Sentencing will take place in December. Mr. Vick apologized to fans, coaches and teammates after his plea. He has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL, lost his endorsement contract with Nike and the Falcons are taking action to reclaim his $22 million signing bonus.

CELEBRITIES

OWEN WILSON ATTEMPTS SUICIDE: Actor Owen Wilson (You, Me and Dupree, Wedding Crashers) reportedly slit his wrists Aug. 28, causing him to be sent to the hospital with what police dispatchers called an attempted suicide.

- Staff and wire reports


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