WAUSAU, Wis. _ Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tore through the Upper Midwest on Thursday, damaging homes and a resort, producing baseball-size hail and dropping more than 6 inches of rain in some areas.
WASHINGTON - Even as it bowed to complaints about vacation-ruining passport delays, the Bush administration insisted Friday it is pressing ahead with restrictions next year that could mean even bigger travel headaches.
Police departments around the country are relaxing age and fitness standards, forgiving minor criminal convictions and easing other requirements to relieve shortages in their ranks and find officers who are wiser, more worldly and cooler-headed in a crisis.
LOS ANGELES - Paris Hilton's release from jail may be short lived.
Hours after she was sent home under house arrest Thursday for an undisclosed medical condition, the judge who put her in jail for violating her reckless-driving probation ordered her into court to decide if she should go back behind bars.
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DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 74-year-old white male. For the past two years, I have noticed a progressive weakening and unsteadiness in my legs. Although I still walk for about 45 minutes three times a week, I have to be very careful not to trip and fall. Going up a flight of stairs is becoming more and more difficult, and I'm very unsteady and slow going down stairs. Is this condition something other than normal aging?
DEAR ABBY: I am 27 and thinking about the future. After much consideration, I have decided that unless I have a very strong relationship in place by the time I am 30, I plan on going to a sperm bank and having a child on my own.
A summer morning at Sandhill sounds like the first day of kindergarten - 15 or 20 high-pitched voices all talking at the same time. The kindergartners, in this case, being the birds - cardinals and sparrows and crows - that share my living space. An experienced birder could surely distinguish among the songs and calls; I am satisfied to sit in the concert hall and listen. This morning I get more than a performance.
LOS ANGELES - Paris Hilton was sent screaming and crying back to jail Friday after a judge ruled that she must serve out her sentence behind bars rather than in the comfort of her Hollywood Hills home.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing to you concerning vitamin B-12 deficiency and Alzheimer's disease. I am concerned because my mother is well into the stages of Alzheimer's, and her mother also had this terrible disease. We did, however, find out my mom is B-12 deficient, for which she has been started on monthly injections within the last six months. I also have a 27-year-old niece who is on monthly B-12 injections. Her doctor says there is new information on acceptable B-12 levels, and not all doctors are up to date on the topic and that the levels ...
DEAR ABBY: I am 17 years old and believe I am suffering from chronic depression. I am very emotional and cry a lot. I get good grades, and people say I'm a great baby sitter, but I feel that I'm not good at anything else.
MILWAUKEE - Hank Aaron wants no part of Barry Bonds.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A man videotaped leaving a store shortly before a teenager was abducted in the parking lot was charged with murder Thursday, authorities said.
ATLANTA - There was no need for Lou Piniella to kick up any dust. Rich Hill and the Chicago Cubs kept their manager happy in his return from a four-game suspension.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the "best lead" so far ended for the day without success Thursday but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said.
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