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World briefly for Dec. 21

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to resolving their "fiscal cliff" impasse, the dollar gap between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner is tiny in federal terms. That masks a monumental political ravine the two men must try to bridge, with most of the burden on the now beleaguered Boehner.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


We survived!

MERIDA, Mexico (AP) - Ceremonial fires burned and conches sounded off as dawn broke over the steps of the main pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza Friday, making what many believe is the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar.

December 21, 2012 | By Mark Stevenson Associated Press writer | State, National


Plans for civil rights museum unveiled

ATLANTA - Organizers have unveiled designs for a planned $100 million civil rights museum and gallery set to open in spring of 2014.

December 20, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Dec. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) - With steroids easy to buy, testing weak and punishments inconsistent, college football players are packing on significant weight - 30 pounds or more in a single year, sometimes - without drawing much attention from their schools or the NCAA in a sport that earns tens of billions of dollars for teams.

December 20, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Dec. 19

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


Odd news from around the world

Vatican: World not ending: VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's top astronomer has some assurances to offer: The world won't be ending this week, despite predictions to the contrary.

December 18, 2012 | The Associated Press | State, National


Shooting evidence search continues

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Divers have returned to the Frederica River, searching for evidence in the death of Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


Meet the victims of Sandy Hook

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn't get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner. The adult victims found their life's work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. The gunfire Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School left a toll both unbearable and incalculable: 20 students and six adults at the school, the gunman's mother at home, and the gunman himself.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Dec. 18

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - With security stepped up and families still on edge in Newtown, schools are opening for the first time since last week's massacre, bringing a return of familiar routines - at least, for some - to a grief-stricken town as it buries 20 of its children.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


State on track with federal IDs

ROME, Ga. (AP) - The state of Georgia said it is meeting federal requirements for new citizen identification cards.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


Ancient whale bone found off Liberty County

SAVANNAH (AP) - What caught the eye of researchers from the University of Georgia and Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary 65 feet under water was a bone encrusted in an ancient shell bed at JY Reef, an area north of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

December 17, 2012 | By Mary Landers Savannah Morning News | State, National


World briefly for Dec. 17

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume - and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


Poll: 4 in 5 Americans believe global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

December 15, 2012 | By Seth Borenstein Associated Press writer | State, National


27 dead in Conn. school shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. - A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked Friday, killing at least 26 people, including 18 children, by blasting his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.

December 14, 2012 | John Christoffersen The Associated Press | State, National


Reward offered in Glynn commissioner's death

BRUNSWICK - A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a Glynn County Commissioner.

December 14, 2012 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


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