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Community helps single mother after lottery ticket prank; customer gave her joke ticket

NAPLES, Fla. - When single mother Mary Ann Shaffer scratched a lottery ticket last week, she thought Christmas had come early.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Snowstorm blamed for 11 deaths, widespread outages from southern Plains to Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE - Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blustered through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.

January 07, 2008 | By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer | National


Analysts: Giving Sunni fighters a political role is key to Iraqi stabilization

BAGHDAD -The rise of armed Sunni groups - who now battle al-Qaida in Iraq instead of fighting U.S. troops - is widely seen as a major reason for a drop in violence across the country.

January 07, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli Prime Minister Olmert rejects truce with Hamas, pledges war on Gaza rocket squads

JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister pledged Sunday to continue attacking Gaza militants, ruling out truce negotiations with Hamas amid widespread skepticism about the Islamic group's ability to halt rocket attacks.

January 07, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli scientists use particle beam to inscribe Bible on space smaller than a sugar grain

JERUSALEM - Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of a grain of sugar.

January 07, 2008 | By IAN DEITCH Associated Press Writer | World


One family’s tradition: Tree that saw war, survived A-bomb goes up for 70th Christmas

TOKYO - Warren Nobuaki Iwatake's family has seen more than its share of calamity.

January 07, 2008 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer | National


Filtering, etiquette questions arise as airlines introduce in-flight Internet access

NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep.

January 07, 2008 | By ANICK JESDANUN AP Internet Writer | National


Holiday shoppers crowd stores on last weekend before Christmas, as stores remain on edge

NEW YORK - The nation's shoppers - taking advantage of deep discounts and expanded hours - jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to grab a hard-to-find Wii or scoop up bargains on other items. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

January 07, 2008 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Associated Press Writer | National


Child soldiers being recruited at record pace in Congo, charity says

KINSHASA, Congo - Boys and girls are being recruited in record numbers to act as soldiers, spies and sex slaves in Congo and children have been spotted marching in formation in the war-wracked east of the country over the past week, international charity Save the Children said Monday.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


French, Australian leaders visit Afghanistan, Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan - Making the first-ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the political and military situation in the war-torn country.

January 06, 2008 | By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Writer | World


WHO: limited human-to-human bird flu transmission possible in Pakistan, no current threat

HANOI, Vietnam - Limited human-to-human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organization official said.

January 06, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | World


Somalia aid passes through dangers to reach families

MERKA, Somalia - The handful of grain Abiye Omar clutches in her skinny hand has traveled a long way from the fertile fields of midwestern America to this desolate Somali seaside town.

January 06, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


Democrats find majority status has painful limits when Republicans are united

WASHINGTON - Democrats running Congress for the first time in more than a decade faltered at key points this year as they grudgingly passed important bills opposed by many, or even most, of their House members. When Republicans were in charge, they generally avoided a similar fate.

January 06, 2008 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


War-torn families reunited through technology at the holidays

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Wendy Derkits stood in front of the camera to deliver a holiday message thousands of miles away.

January 06, 2008 | By CHELSEA J. CARTER Associated Press Writer | National


Jurors resume deliberations in trial of black man accused of shooting white teen

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Jurors worked a rare weekend session Saturday as they struggled to reach a verdict in the trial of a black father accused of killing a white teenager during a racially charged encounter outside the man's home.

January 06, 2008 | By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press Writer | National


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Summer favorites with a healthy twist

(Note: The following is one of a series of articles from the Canyon Ranch Institute dedicated to showing people how to live healthier and encouraging folks to take small steps to adjust their lifestyle.)

June 04, 2014 | By KIM FLOYD, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.; JOYCELYN CORNTHWAITE, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE and KELLY SHANNON Special to the Herald | News 4U


Deen Day Smith Awards - Past Honorees

Man of the Decade

February 28, 2014 | | Life


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