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Guatemala approves law allowing pending adoptions, mostly to U.S. couples, to be finalized

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemalan legislators approved a new law Tuesday to tighten adoptions, while allowing pending adoptions - mostly to U.S. couples - to go through without meeting the stricter requirements.

December 26, 2007 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


So-called human life amendment in Colorado revives strategy toward banning abortions

DENVER (AP) - A 20-year-old law student has become a cause celebre in the anti-abortion movement for her efforts to have the state Constitution define fertilized eggs as people - a tactic spreading nationwide in bids to neutralize the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

December 26, 2007 | By P. SOLOMON BANDA Associated Press Writer | National


Bush ally Boehner endorses ’emergency’ spending above Bush budget cap

WASHINGTON - In a break with President Bush, the top Republican in the House endorsed $7.4 billion in new emergency spending, even as he vowed to stick with the White House's demands to hew to the president's budget limits for domestic programs.

December 26, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | National


Fed cuts key interest rate for third time in 3 months

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point Tuesday, but Wall Street took a tumble. Investors were disappointed that the central bank did not act more boldly to keep the country out of a recession.

December 26, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | National


Astrograph 12/12

The astrological aspects indicate that your financial well-being could be meaningfully improved in the year ahead. It will not be through sheer chance but through your preparation and hard work that puts you in the position to receive the benefits.

December 26, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Southern farmers seek drought relief from Congress with a disaster relief deadline extension

WASHINGTON - Congress plans to extend a disaster relief deadline so farmers hit by drought this year can get cash assistance to offset losses, Democratic lawmakers said.

December 26, 2007 | By BEN EVANS Associated Press Writer | National


Holiday mail addressed to ‘Any Wounded Soldier’ will be returned or thrown out, Pentagon says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of holiday cards and letters thanking wounded American troops for their sacrifice and wishing them well never reach their destination. They are returned to sender or thrown away unopened.

December 26, 2007 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press Writer | National


Astrograph 12/10

In the year ahead, you will be at your best in activities, endeavors or enterprises where you can use your natural, creative talents. Anytime you are permitted to do so, you will instinctively know how to improve or develop something new.

December 25, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Police Report - December 11

Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

December 25, 2007 | | Crime Report


Bridge 12/10

This week, as the holiday season draws ever closer, let's look at half a dozen books that might appeal to the bridge player on your gift list.

December 25, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 12/10

DEAR DR. GOTT: I read your column regularly but have not seen any letters concerning my problem. I can't sleep. No, it's not sleep apnea, it's just that I can't turn my brain off.

December 25, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 12/10

DEAR ABBY: With the holidays here, I know you are again being inundated with questions about what kind of gifts to give to seniors. Years ago, I took one of your ideas and decided to help my grandmother with Christmas cards. (She had arthritis, and it was hard for her to write.) It was one of the best presents I ever gave her, and it was lots of fun for me.

December 25, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Calif. diocese votes to split with Episcopal Church over role of gays and lesbians

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - An Episcopal diocese in central California voted Saturday to split with the national denomination over disagreements about the role of gays and lesbians in the church.

December 24, 2007 | By JORDAN ROBERTSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


GSU falls to Lady Jackets on the road

ATLANTA - Senior guard Shawnda Atwood paced Georgia Southern with 10 points, but Georgia Tech ran away with a 44-point second half to claim a 78-50, Yellow Jackets win, Sunday afternoon, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

December 24, 2007 | Georgia Southern AMR | Georgia Southern


Lawyers complain iguanas at Guantanamo get more legal protection than detainees

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Guantanamo Bay, the only U.S. military base in a country that has no diplomatic relations with Washington, is a concentrated slice of Americana: The Star Spangled Banner blares from loudspeakers every morning as soldiers outside Starbucks stand at attention.

December 24, 2007 | By ANDREW O. SELSKY Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Hawks down Blazers, winning streak now at 18

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.

January 30, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Seattle repeat a scary prospect for rest of NFL

PHOENIX - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:

January 30, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


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


Newberry: Has Ferry been punished enough for comments?

Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.

January 30, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


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


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