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Dear Abby 2/23

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.

March 08, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Bridge 2/23

Mark Twain said, "Be careful when reading health books; you may die of a misprint."

March 08, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Astrograph 2/23

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.

March 08, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Death toll rises to 14 in Brazil ferryboat wreck; crews search for more victims

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.

March 08, 2008 | By STAN LEHMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


All 46 aboard Venezuela plane killed in mountain crash

CARACAS, Venezuela - All 46 people aboard a Venezuelan passenger plane died when it slammed into an Andean mountain, rescue crews confirmed Friday.

March 08, 2008 | By JORGE RUEDA Associated Press Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 2/23

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.

March 08, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Gates and Australians play down friction over Canberra’s decision to pull troops out of Iraq

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.

March 08, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


After six years in captivity, fame handicaps French-Colombian hostage Betancourt

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.

March 08, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Driver of van that hit Minn. school bus charged with homicide in crash that killed 4 children

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.

March 08, 2008 | By ELIZABETH DUNBAR Associated Press Writer | National


Hope sparked by Obama candidacy mixes with lingering worries about his safety

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.

March 08, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Campaign 2008


Serb protesters attack UN police in restive northern Kosovo

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.

March 08, 2008 | By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fidel Castro says he’s relieved to be stepping down as Cuba’s president

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.''

March 08, 2008 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces another 6-month cease-fire for his militia

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.

March 08, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Turkey launches ground incursion into Iraq, escalating conflict with Kurd rebels

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.

March 08, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Storm snarls parts of Northeast, with up to a foot of snow forecast; NYC coated in white

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.

March 08, 2008 | By CLARE TRAPASSO Associated Press Writer | National


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Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

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.

January 30, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Cost pressure intensifies for Plant Vogtle

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.

January 30, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

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.

January 30, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


Djokovic defeats Wawrinka, will face Murray in finals

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.

January 30, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Victim's mother leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial

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.

January 30, 2015 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports




Chase Elliott to replace Gordon

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.

January 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Serena one win away from 19th major title

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.

January 29, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Belichick, Carroll have different angles

PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.

January 29, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Sports


Tiger's year off to rough start with 2-over 73

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.

January 29, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Oregon could make first move in college football free agency

College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.

January 29, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

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.

January 29, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Harper Lee's classic to take Averitt stage

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.

January 29, 2015 | By MELINDA ROELL Special to the Herald | Local


Singing songs of the good news

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.

January 29, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials




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