US existing home sales rise in September

...September sales improved in the South and West compared to the prior month, ticked up slightly in the Northeast and fell in the Midwest, according to the Realtors' report. The share of purchases by investors fell to 14 percent from 19 percent a year ago...

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

...of 18-year-old Ashley Parham of Oklahoma City. She was driving a 2001 Honda Accord across a high school parking lot in Midwest City, Oklahoma, when it hit another car. The air bag inflated and sent shards of metal into her neck, causing her death...

Severe storms blamed for 2 deaths

...roadways.The Storm Prediction Center said more than 36 million people were in the path of damaging storms that formed in the Midwest earlier in the week. The center said possible tornadoes and damaging wind gusts remained a threat as the storms head across...

US predicts less oppressive heating bills this winter

...freeze that chilled much of the nation last year is unlikely to return.Last year, persistently low temperatures across the Midwest, South and East forced people to crank up the heat. The high demand jacked up the price of some fuels and heating bills soared...

Zambian students share culture, gospel with area churches

...Aiken at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at the Kiwanis Club meeting in Thomson at noon on Monday. They will travel through the Midwest and return to this area in December.The trip is part of a study abroad program for the students, said Dean of Students Lawrence...

Rants & Raves

...If what is called a "justice" department is crooked, watch your backs. "GLOBAL WARMING causing early snowfall in the Midwest" that's almost as big an oxymoron as "Obama Terrorist Strategy." THE GUY DOING THE voice over for the Democrat election...

Hibbett Sports store opening on Gordon Highway in Augusta

...workers.The company, based in Birmingham, Ala., has more than 950 sporting goods stores in small- to mid-size markets mostly located in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. It also has locations in Evans, Aiken and Thomson.

Augusta area stocks up for winter with equipment, salt

...office worked from May to July to top off the normal supply in Aiken County of 1,600 tons of road salt from mines in the Midwest.At $105 a ton, the state paid about $168,000 to replenish its storage shed in Aiken with 800 tons and loading facilities...

Kyle Busch dominates Nationwide Series race at Dover

...NHRA: In Madison, Ill., Doug Kalitta raced to his sixth No. 1 qualifying position of the Top Fuel season in the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Kalitta powered his Kalitta Motorsports dragster to a 3.758-second run at 325...

Fire at Chicago air traffic center halts many flights

...far as Dallas canceling flights. Online radar images showed a gaping hole in the nation's air traffic map over the upper Midwest.Passengers already in the air headed for Chicago wound up elsewhere. Flight-tracking services showed some Chicago-bound...