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In the year ahead, you will find yourself providing the inspiration to make life for you and others far more beautiful and rewarding. Your understanding and awareness to the needs of your associates brings this about.

December 28, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


EU leaders sign bloc’s new treaty, give go-ahead for a European president

LISBON, Portugal - European Union leaders signed a new treaty on Thursday that would give the 27-nation bloc a long-term president and streamline its decision-making process.

December 28, 2007 | By BARRY HATTON Associated Press Writer | World


Democrats ready omnibus budget bill; White House ’encouraged’

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats pressed ahead Thursday with a bill to keep the federal government open for another week as lawmakers fashioned an omnibus spending bill and sought agreement with the White House.

December 28, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | National


Proposed demolition of New Orleans public housing prods cries of ’Housing is a human right!’

NEW ORLEANS - In normal times, redevelopment of public housing to make way for mixed-income neighborhoods might have gone largely unopposed. But passions are high in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where residents are desperate for cheap housing.

December 28, 2007 | By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer | National


Russia, Iran agree on completion schedule for Bushehr plant, reports say

MOSCOW - Russia and Iran reached agreement Thursday on a schedule for finishing construction of a nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.

December 28, 2007 | By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer | World


Shelling, gunbattles kill at least 17 in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortar rounds slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday and gunbattles erupted across the city, killing 17 people hours after a government official said radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.

December 28, 2007 | By SALAD DUHUL Associated Press Writer | World


Algiers suicide bombers had been jailed, released in amnesty; death toll now 37

ALGIERS, Algeria - Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official said Thursday.

December 28, 2007 | By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press Writer | World


Musharraf to end emergency rule, restore constitution Saturday, says official

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf will lift Pakistan's state of emergency only after changing the constitution to ensure he cannot be hauled before a court, a senior official said Thursday, as lawyers held more protests against the retired general.

December 28, 2007 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | World


Pentagon chief opens talks with NATO allies on boosting Afghan mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday began two days of talks with allied defense and diplomatic officials on how to re-energize and reinforce NATO efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the radical Taliban insurgency has managed to increase its attacks in recent months.

December 28, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | National


Ask Dr. Gott 12/13

DEAR DR. GOTT: Because of gastrointestinal symptoms and lower-left chest pain, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. While describing my symptoms and giving a history, the doctor was at his computer taking notes. He also accessed my records at the hospital where he is on staff and where I have had many tests and procedures.

December 28, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Pelosi says Republicans ‘like’ the Iraq war, will pay a price

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

December 28, 2007 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


Mother of Omaha mall shooter apologizes for her son’s actions and says ’I did my best’

OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.

December 28, 2007 | By JOSH FUNK Associated Press Writer | National


With death penalty in legal limbo, the consequences of abolition come into focus

NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.

December 28, 2007 | By DAVID CRARY Associated Press Writer | National


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to pay $20M in corruption probe; no prosecution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.

December 28, 2007 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer | National


12-7 vote sends contempt citations against Rove, Bolten to full Senate

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


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Willingway, Georgia Southern conference will update addiction treatment methods

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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