WASHINGTON - Five years after launching the invasion of Iraq, President Bush strongly signaled Wednesday that he won't order troop withdrawals beyond those already planned because he refuses to ''jeopardize the hard-fought gains'' of the past year.
PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has dropped his legal case against a magazine that claimed he tried to win back his ex-wife while planning for his February wedding, the leader's new bride said.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Legislators elected Pakistan's first female speaker of parliament Wednesday, seating a follower - and lookalike - of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
LONDON - For British tabloid editors, sorry always seems to be the hardest word.
We have been looking at declarer's finding the best way to gain the extra tricks that he needs to make his contract. Yesterday, he had to find two honors onside. Today, he isn't so desperate, but he requires some courage to make the best play.
In the year ahead, you'll finally feel that it is time to disassociate yourself from persons or conditions that have stood in the way of realizing your hopes and desires. Once you make this commitment, new people and better ways can materialize.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Would you please comment on the supposed supervitamins manufactured by a company named USANA Corp. that is listed on the stock exchange? Are they efficacious and worth the exorbitant prices that they charge for their products?
DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband and I have remained friends and lovers for the past 37 years. We maintained a relationship that included shared vacations and socializing together. We even talked of living in a retirement home together one 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.)
ATLANTA - Anti-war demonstrators carried five black coffins during a half-mile march to an Army recruiting office Wednesday as protests around the nation marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
PIEDMONT, Mo. - Residents of low-lying towns stacked sandbags or grabbed belongings and evacuated Wednesday after a foot of rain pushed rivers and creeks out of their banks in the nation's midsection. At least 13 deaths had been linked to the weather, and three people were missing.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Videos have surfaced showing two members of the South Carolina Highway Patrol using their cruisers to ram fleeing suspects, just weeks after two leaders of the agency resigned because of a furor over a trooper's use of a racial slur.
GUERNEVILLE, Calif. - Merry Lane, a cul-de-sac shaded by redwoods in Sonoma County wine country, would seem a pleasant place to recover from the psychic wounds of war. Nadia McCaffrey's dream is to set up a group home there for veterans plagued by post-traumatic stress disorder.
ATLANTA - Heart surgery patients were more likely to die or suffer problems if they received transfusions of blood that is more than two weeks old rather than fresher blood, according to a new study that adds to the debate about the shelf life of blood.
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - A black father was sentenced to two to four years in prison Wednesday for fatally shooting an intoxicated white teenager during a racially charged confrontation with two carloads of young people at the end of his driveway.
For Dr. Al Mooney, Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery at Willingway, one of the key factors that distinguishes this week's Addiction Update Conference is its "focus on the solutions rather than the problems."
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