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Jokster 'sends' holiday greetings from afterlife

ASHLAND, Ore. - Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Astrograph 12/25

You will meet someone new in the year ahead who has clout in several compatible areas of your life, and this meeting will result in a partnership in two exciting enterprises. The union could have quite an impact on your life.

January 09, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Everglades hero recognized after 35 years

An airboat speeding across the sawgrass and mud. A ringing in the ears when the engine was cut. Moaning. Screams for help. Desperate gasps at the water's surface. Helicopters in the distance. Christmas carols.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Boston's Big Dig - nation's costliest highway project - comes to an end

BOSTON - When the clock runs out on 2007, Boston will quietly mark the end of one of the most tumultuous eras in the city's history: The Big Dig, the nation's most complex and costliest highway project, will officially come to an end.

January 09, 2008 | By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press Writer | National


Today in History - December 25

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2007. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


NY town lets seniors work off property taxes - for $7 an hour

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Audrey Davison lives alone, gets a $620 Social Security check each month and worries about the sharply rising taxes on her four-bedroom house. Davison, 76, raised her family there and after 43 years, she really doesn't want to leave Greenburgh.

January 09, 2008 | By JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press Writer | National


Toyota plans to sell 9.85 million vehicles in '08, threating GM's position as No. 1 automaker

NAGOYA, Japan - Toyota plans to sell 9.85 million vehicles worldwide in 2008, the company said Tuesday, setting an ambitious target despite worries about a slowing U.S. car market, as it tries to become the world's top automaker.

January 09, 2008 | By YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press Writer | World


Poll shows Israelis and Palestinians pessimistic about peace

JERUSALEM - Israelis and Palestinians responding to a survey believe a recent U.S.-sponsored peace conference was a failure and think their leaders won't manage to sign a peace deal in the next year, according to results released Tuesday.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Target warns sales may have fallen in December

Early holiday sales reports are weak, with Target Corp., the nation's No.2 retailer, warning that its sales may have fallen in December.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Mauritania searching for 3 accused in killing of 4 French tourists

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - Mauritanian prosecutors on Tuesday called the brutal slaying of four French tourists a terrorist act and said security forces were hunting three men suspected of links to a regional al-Qaida terror network.

January 09, 2008 | By AHMED MOHAMED Associated Press Writer | World


Dear Abby 12/25

DEAR ABBY: Thank you for instructing "Pulled in Two in California" (Nov. 1) to stick by her decision to keep a troubled child out of the system. As a newly licensed educator, I find the attitude of the granddaughter to be indicative of our times. It appears the girl's mother has completely dropped the ball.

January 09, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


U.S. commander says Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be legitimized

YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq - A top U.S. commander warned Tuesday that Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be rewarded and recognized as legitimate members of Iraqi society - or else the hard-fought security gains of the past six months could be lost.

January 09, 2008 | By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer | World


40 Iranian Jews arrive in Israel, organizer warns of dangers to Jews still in Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel - Greeted by joyous relatives and a crowd of reporters, about 40 Iranian Jews landed in Israel on Tuesday, leaving behind their lives in the Islamic Republic for new homes in the Jewish state.

January 09, 2008 | By RORY KRESS Associated Press Writer | World


Unexpected turn of events for children's health insurance in 2007

WASHINGTON - The modest spending increase that Congress approved for a popular children's health insurance program will maintain coverage for those already enrolled. But many lacking insurance will have to look elsewhere.

January 09, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | National


Retailing sector relying on high-tech advances to increase sales, aid customers

WASHINGTON - Red pumps. Silver slingbacks. Bronze flats. Black suede boots. Size 7 1/2, please.

January 09, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


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Ray Rice's suspension vacated

NEW YORK - An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

November 28, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Missouri clinches SEC East title

COLUMBIA, Mo. - After three quarters smothered by Arkansas, Missouri found a way out. It's been that way most of the year, simply finding ways to get the job done.

November 28, 2014 | By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Old-Fashioned Hate

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia won't be playing in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

November 28, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Black Friday shoppers: Thanksgiving not for sales

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Many Black Friday shoppers say they avoided spending money on Thanksgiving Day because, they say, the holiday should be a time for family.

November 28, 2014 | By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press | Local


Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve

NEW YORK - For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another.

November 28, 2014 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Local


Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas - A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

November 28, 2014 | By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press | World


10 things you’ll regret not doing in 10 years

While it is easy to look back on your life and see where you could have done things differently, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Your mistakes are there to teach you lessons, and your successes are there to remind you that your life hasn't been all that bad. With that said, everyone has regrets. Here are 10 simple things to try and avoid regretting later in life.

November 28, 2014 | By MEGAN SHAURI | Hot topics


2 traits scientifically proven to make your relationship last

Love is all about feelings, right? We lead with our hearts and ignore our heads. Not exactly. It turns out there is a lot of physiology and psychology involved in falling in love and maintaining relationships. If you want to make yours last, you might want to read up on current scientific findings.

November 28, 2014 | By AMY PETERSON Deseret News National | Hot topics


15 baby names only celebrity kids could pull off

Who doesn't love coming up with baby names?

November 28, 2014 | By HERB SCRIBNER Deseret News National | Hot topics


Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa - Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

November 28, 2014 | By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press | World




Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

November 27, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Peterson: 'Hard work pays off'

Bulloch County Schools' speech-language pathologists hosted a "Success with Stuttering" workshop on a recent teacher workday, co-sponsored by the Georgia Learning Resource System and the Stuttering Foundation of America.

November 27, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

November 27, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | World


OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | Local


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