world: A passenger jet carrying 90 people, including a Kyrgyz high school sports team, crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. Fifty-six people died.
OLYMPICS: China completed its stint as Olympics host with a superstar-studded closing ceremony that capped the 16-day pageant of astounding athletic feats. Tenor Placido Domingo, soccer player David Beckham and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page were there. The U.S. said it was disappointed the Olympics had not brought more "openness and tolerance" in China and pressed for the immediate release of eight American protesters.
world: Pakistan's ruling coalition collapsed, torn apart by internal bickering just a week after Pervez Musharraf's ouster and underscoring fears that the government would be distracted from its fight against Islamic extremists.
DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy issued a ringing summons to fellow Democrats to rally behind Barack Obama's pioneering quest for the White House in a poignant opening to a party convention in search of unity for the fall campaign. Michelle Obama sought to reassure voters that despite her husband's exotic name and background, he shares their bedrock values and belief in the American dream.
economy: The number of people without health insurance fell by more than 1 million in 2007, the first annual decline since the Bush administration took office, the Census Bureau reported. Incomes edged up for the middle class while poverty held steady.
GVW INCORPORATION: The referendum to merge Graniteville, Vaucluse and Warrenville into one incorporated municipality failed. The referendum received only 763 votes of the 2,129 ballots that were cast.
TRAVEL OUTAGE: An electronic communications failure at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Georgia that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. caused mass flight delays around the country.
RUSSIA: Moscow stunned the West by recognizing the independence claims of two Georgian breakaway regions.
ECONOMY: The number of troubled U.S. banks leaped to the highest level in about five years, and bank profits plunged by 86 percent in the second quarter as slumps in the housing and credit markets continued, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data.
DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Barack Obama stepped triumphantly into history, becoming the first black American to win a major party presidential nomination.
HEALTH: Scientists have transformed one type of cell into another in living mice, a big step toward the goal of growing replacement tissues to treat a variety of diseases.
IRAQ: Security in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, where a brutal insurgency once ruled, has improved so drastically that the United States is about to return it to Iraqi control -- opening the door to possible further cuts in U.S. troop levels, officials said.
ENVIRONMENT: Lawyers in the epic Exxon Valdez court case have negotiated a settlement to release about $383 million for distribution to the nearly 33,000 commercial fishermen and others who sued Exxon after the disastrous 1989 oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
GEORGIA: The state is considering closing as many as six parks and seven historic sites, part of a broad effort by the Department of Natural Resources to shed expenses and comply with budget cuts ordered by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a scathing assessment of John McCain and a searing indictment of the Bush administration, promising to repair "the broken politics of Washington" and preside over a more prosperous and equitable America.
HEALTH: Deep state budget cuts won't slice into Medicaid and PeachCare benefits for Georgia's neediest residents, according to a spending recommendation that state health officials adopted. But hospitals and health care providers will feel the pinch as the state balances the books by delaying a planned Medicaid rate increase, the first in five years.
IRAQ: Ali al-Lami, a senior official in Nouri al-Maliki's government, was in custody, suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shiite militias and plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said.
EDUCATION: A fire alarm prank at the Academy of Richmond County led to the discovery of a sawed-off shotgun in the backpack of a 16-year-old boy. The teenager, whose name was not released, was not a Richmond Academy student but attended the county's alternative school, police said.
HEALTH: University Hospital's board voted to spend $2.4 million to buy 7.4 acres on Silver Bluff Road to set up a medical office complex in south Aiken County. The move will not only increase its market share there but also make it more convenient for Aiken patients already going to University, officials said.
Superior Court: Columbia County Chief Magistrate Wade Padgett was named to the Augusta Circuit's Superior Court bench.
HURRICANE GUSTAV: Gustav, which killed 71 people in the Caribbean, was expected to swirl through the Cayman Islands before crossing Cuba and heading into the Gulf of Mexico.
DEADBEAT PARENTS: Richmond County cracked down on deadbeat parents not paying child support and yielded more than 70 arrests.