DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 50-year-old male and have had stomach problems my whole life. I have eliminated a lot of foods from my diet. I'm lactose intolerant, so I don't eat any dairy products. I get blurred vision and a sensation similar to a bright light in my eyes when my stomach is upset or has too much acid. This lasts until the acid is reduced, or until after I vomit. What causes this to happen?
DEAR ABBY: My son is a police officer in the same town where I work (population 6,000). Over the last five years, I have been confronted by co-workers who have been cited by him. I have tried many responses, but the hits keep coming.
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that if Colombia says OK, he will send Venezuelan planes or helicopters across their border to pick up three hostages being released by leftist rebels after six years in captivity.
An argument on Christmas Day landed a Statesboro couple in jail after the altercation grew from a mere verbal disagreement into a physical struggle involving a knife.
JUNEAU, Alaska - In her first year as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has plunged ahead with the fearlessness of a polar explorer.
FRESNO, Calif. - The grounding of hundreds of F-15s because of dangerous structural defects is straining the nation's air defense network, forcing some states to rely on their neighbors' fighter jets for protection, and Alaska to depend on the Canadian military.
NEW YORK - Retailers opened earlier than ever on the day after Christmas on Wednesday and slashed prices with hopes of salvaging a holiday season that is falling short of already modest expectations.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband is 75 and very active despite asthma, arthritis and one kidney.
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush, still voicing concern about special project spending by Congress, signed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into 2008 and keeps government agencies running through next September.
TOKYO - When Japan's prime minister heads to China for a summit Thursday, he'll face conditions his predecessors haven't enjoyed for years: warming relations, a boost in economic ties and almost no rhetoric over their historical grievances.
JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will demand Israel commit at a peace summit Thursday to a freeze on all settlement construction, and he has appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for support, an aide said.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2007. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.
(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.)
DEAR ABBY: We have out-of-state friends who have two daughters, ages 10 and 11. More than once I have seen the mother give her girls sips of her wine - even hard liquor - when she is drinking. We do not allow our children to do this. We have discussed drinking in moderation with them, but only when they are of legal age.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Umm Doha cuts hair and waxes eyebrows in secret from her living room because making women look pretty can get a person killed in her Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood.
Jonathan Paul Edwards
BROOKLET- High school baseball aficionados in and around southeast Georgia predicted it would be a rebuilding year for the Yellow Jackets. After hosting a home state-playoff game and advancing to the Sweet 16 in the state tournament, it's safe to say those baseball "experts" were wrong.
ATLANTA - Shelby Miller threw his third career shutout, Freddie Freeman and Kelly Johnson hit homers to spoil Chad Billingsley's first start in more than two years, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-0 on Tuesday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. - A man convicted of manslaughter walked away from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in Florida this week, investigators said Tuesday.
PHOENIX - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it had no operational role.
Gwen Bradley, the Southeast National Day of Prayer Task Force Coordinator, will be special guest speaker for the local observance at noon Thursday on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn.
A Portal man was taken to jail Tuesday afternoon, charged in a crash between his motorcycle and a passenger car.
Statesboro police are looking for a man who was caught peeping into a bathroom stall at a local business Friday.
Mr. Tony Ernest Conner
ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur had four hits and drove in two runs, Aaron Harang allowed one run over six innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Monday night.
A Metts Road man driving a utility vehicle pulled into the path of an oncoming car Friday night, causing a crash that sent him to the hospital.
BROOKLET - With a thrilling 4-3 victory over Jackson High in the first round of the state playoffs, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch (12-6-1) are one step closer to advancing to the "Elite Eight" round.
WASHINGTON - In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.
WASHINGTON - Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson - one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
The sale of McDougald Oil Company a few months ago to Bulloch County natives Greg Sikes and Chris Thompson marks the end of McDougald family ownership as one of Bulloch County's oldest family owned businesses.