HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - She'd spent a lifetime less than an hour's drive away, but it had never crossed Joquetta Johnson's mind to visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. What, she wondered when a friend suggested it, could a park in rural, lily-white West Virginia hold for a black teacher from Baltimore?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In the past few years, Rich Nieto's work has started earlier and lasted longer.
WINONA, Minn. - On the morning after the house party on Johnson Street, Jenna Foellmi and several other twentysomethings lay sprawled on the beds and couches. When a friend reached out to wake her, Foellmi was cold to the touch.
LAWRENCEVILLE - A suspected kidnapper was killed by police in a Waffle House parking lot early Monday morning after demanding ransom from his victim's family.
SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. threw its weight behind investor Carl Icahn's effort to oust Yahoo Inc.'s board next month, saying Monday that a successful rebellion would encourage the software maker to renew its takeover bid for Yahoo or negotiate another multibillion-dollar deal.
PHOENIX - Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged the steep drop in U.S. jobs and said he would help the economy by cutting taxes, encouraging free trade, building nuclear power plants and launching other initiatives.
ATLANTA - It didn't take a jury long to convict Andrew Howard Brannan for the death of a 22-year-old sheriff's deputy: Four hours to convict him, and four more to sentence him to death.
KARACHI, Pakistan - A string of small explosions wounded at least 25 people Monday in the southern port city of Karachi, rattling Pakistan the day after a deadly suicide attack in the capital.
NEW YORK - Barack Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High, a 76,000-seat stadium home to the Denver Broncos, the Democratic National Committee announced Monday.
TOYAKO, Japan - President Bush encountered resistance on his climate-change policy as he and other world leaders sought to strike a balance between framing a deal on global warming while coping with inflation and slumping economic growth.
SHANGHAI, China - It all started with a farmer and his claim of sighting a rare tiger, backed up by supposed photos of the animal in the local woods, curled up and staring at the camera.
WASHINGTON - Financial regulators on Monday announced an information-sharing agreement aimed at better detecting potential risks to the U.S. financial system.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister said Monday his country is now proposing an interim deal with the United States on the presence of American troops instead of a more formal agreement - and wants to include a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nicole Kidman gave birth Monday to a baby girl named Sunday.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband and I need your help. Awhile ago, my husband had surgery to correct an eyelid problem. His eyelids and eyelashes were growing backward into his eyes, causing an excessive buildup of "matter." Following surgery, he was fine, but now he has "cobwebs" in his vision. This usually occurs when he's looking at people or walls. Sometimes he can blink and the lines disappear; other times, it does not help at all.
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