TOYAKO, Japan - Wedged between America's Independence Day and a summit of world leaders, President Bush's 62nd birthday got shortchanged this year.
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - When a toilet is flushed in Gaza City, the waste sloshes straight into the Mediterranean.
ANKARA, Turkey - Two retired generals were jailed Sunday in connection with an alleged plot to topple Turkey's Islamic-rooted government, the highest-ranking ex-soldiers detained as part of the probe, a news report said.
SAN ANTONIO - The three American hostages rescued by Colombia's military said in their first public statement that they are doing fine and are thrilled to ''return home to the country we love.''
CAMBRIDGE, Idaho - Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, a 48-year-old gas station owner flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert Saturday, landing in a field in Idaho.
NEW YORK - Rant all you want in a public park. A police officer generally won't eject you for your remarks alone, however unpopular or provocative.
English author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson said, "A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner."
Advancement in your chosen field of endeavor is possible in the year ahead, but it will take a combination of ingenuity, resourcefulness and imagination to be all that you can be. Don't accept half measures from yourself.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My eye specialist recently told me that I need cataract surgery. My reaction was negative because I have always been allergic to anything and everything in or around my eyes. I have never even been able to wear any kind of makeup. I can't wear contact lenses because it was found I was allergic to the lenses themselves. I tried twice but not through this doctor.
DEAR ABBY: I have been wondering about the custom of shoe removal when someone is a guest at the home of the person who practices this custom before entering the house.
TOYAKO, Japan - President Bush on Sunday defended removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and attending the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics as world leaders assembled to address soaring gas prices, climate change and African aid.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The first clue that the Tuesday afternoon session in Part 4 of Buffalo City Court is not like other criminal proceedings comes just before it starts.
LOS ANGELES - Cooler weather on Sunday gave a boost to crews battling the enormous wildfire that was threatening nearly 2,700 homes in Santa Barbara County.
The rabbit wasn't large - bigger than a bunny, but not full grown. It sat among the Palmetto scrubs and wiregrass along the edge of the road. Jake and I noticed it at the same time.
The Georgia Southern University Athletics Department will induct six former student-athletes into the Athletics Department Hall of Fame this September.
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