DEAR ABBY: Our granddaughter and her twin brother are turning 13. My husband and I wanted to celebrate this milestone birthday with a candlelight spaghetti dinner at our house that includes their boyfriend/girlfriend.
Mark Twain said, "Be careful when reading health books; you may die of a misprint."
Because you'll be able to balance your feelings with your intellect in the year ahead, you'll be much more at peace with yourself and your lot in life. This, in turn, allows the best inside you to come out and serve you better than ever.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A ferryboat wreck on the Amazon River killed at least 14 people, Brazilian officials said Friday, as crews searched for several more people reported missing and feared dead.
CARACAS, Venezuela - All 46 people aboard a Venezuelan passenger plane died when it slammed into an Andean mountain, rescue crews confirmed Friday.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been told that I am allergic to blood pressure pills. From the beginning, I was advised to take an allergy pill with the medication. It makes my lips swell, and it causes me to have blisters in, and a burning sensation around, my mouth. I am desperate to get some kind of solution to my problem.
CANBERRA, Australia - Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Australian defense minister are playing down the potential for friction between the two allies over the new Australian government's pledge to withdraw combat troops from Iraq.
BOGOTA, Colombia - Through public spectacle and private diplomacy, the French government and the family of Ingrid Betancourt have succeeded in drawing the world's attention to her lengthy captivity in the Colombian jungle. But many in Colombia say such fame may work against her hopes of freedom.
MINNEAPOLIS - The driver of a van that hit a school bus in a crash that killed four children was charged Friday with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two lesser charges, authorities said.
NEW YORK - For many black Americans, it's a conversation they find hard to avoid, revisiting old fears in the light of bright new hopes.
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - Serbs protesting Kosovo's independence for a fifth straight day Friday attacked U.N. police guarding a key bridge in northern Kosovo with stones, glass bottles and firecrackers.
HAVANA - Fidel Castro said Friday that he's relieved to be stepping down as Cuba's president, complaining that the process of selecting Cuba's next government ''had left me exhausted.''
BAGHDAD - Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite militia for another six months, giving Iraq a chance to continue its fragile recovery from brutal sectarian violence.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish troops launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels, the military said Friday - a move that dramatically escalates Turkey's conflict with the militants.
NEW YORK - A winter storm blanketed much of the Northeast on Friday, delaying flights at the region's major airports and causing havoc during the morning commute.
NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.
ATLANTA - The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant near Waynesboro that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - The mother of the man who former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
Mrs. Betty Guinette Hendrix
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.
MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.
PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.
College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.
SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.
More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, our nation still is wrestling with the repercussions of decisions our forefathers made multiple generations ago.
About four years ago, comedian Steve Martin, who is also one great banjo player, wrote an interesting piece of music, "Atheists don't have no songs." Yes, I know that's a double negative. According to Martin, their hymnbook is only one page and if the name of God is there, it's spelled with a lower case "g." Go figure.
Mrs. Betty Guinette Hendrix