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Georgia National Guard soldiers return from Afghanistan deployment in time for holidays

...parents and other family members greeted him at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. They plan to help him lay low until he can surprise his son.Sandbothe was among 61 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia National Guard coming back from a 10-month deployment...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-18/georgia-national-guard-soldie
Jeff Gordon deserves recognition for bounce-back season

...Instead, she continued to flounder with just three top-10 finishes and a 28th-place in the final standings.BIGGEST SURPRISE: After being greeted with sarcasm and doubt, the Chase for the Sprint Cup worked by creating a true playoff atmosphere during...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nascar/2014-12-17/jeff-gordon-deserves-recog
Fed promises 'patient' approach in determining when to raise interest rates

...patient" about a rate hike and that this is consistent with rates staying ultra-low for a "considerable time" was a surprise.Most economists had expected its statement to drop "considerable time" in favor of saying only that the Fed would be...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-17/fed-promises-patient-appro
Overtime

...Real Madrid's opponent in Saturday's Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a surprise tournament run by amateur team Auckland City with a labored 2-1 semifinal win. Olympics'Super bacteria' a concern in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/gru/2014-12-17/overtime
Moore: End of chemotherapy for leukemia rang my bell

...checked out to see what happens.For now, I'm thankful to be in remission, if not cured.It had been a half-year of surprises. After years of waiting and watching, my oncologist held up the charts one day and said, "Well, you need treatment...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-14/moore-end-chemotherapy-leukem
North Augusta military family surprised with Christmas decorations

...a nationwide program that surprises military families with holiday...Benedictis, who learned about the surprise prematurely, delayed buying...said she did not suspect the surprise. She ran errands, went to...who nominated her for the surprise and took Bryce to Riverbanks...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-09/north-augusta-military-family
Hard to swallow

Obamacare ? it's like the gift you never wanted that keeps on giving.You've already heard its premiums will ? surprise! ? go up for most people in 2015. Now get ready for the Affordable Care Act's newest business-burdening initiative...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-12-12/hard-swallow
College soccer powers to meet for title

...trophy Sunday in the College Cup final.The Bruins (14-4-5) and Cavaliers (13-6-3) got there by sending home two surprise teams: UCLA beat Providence 3-2 in one double-overtime semifinal and Virginia beat Maryland-Baltimore County 1-0...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-12-13/college-soccer-powers-meet-title
Kevin Harvick had many highlights on road to title

...championship.Since racing is more about the people who work on and around the car than nuts and bolts, it shouldn't be a surprise the most-significant point in Harvick's season might have happened in his house around Christmas two years ago.But let's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nascar/2014-12-10/kevin-harvick-had-many-hig
International Olympic Committee overwhelmingly approves wide-ranging reform package

...of an Olympic television channel and a more flexible sports program. "That it would go this way was a very, very positive surprise."Bach moved decisively since his election in September 2013 to put his stamp on the presidency and rally support for his...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2014-12-08/international-olympic-co