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DEAR READERS: The new year has arrived, and with it our chance for a new beginning. This is the day we discard destructive old habits for healthy new ones. With that in mind, I am sharing Dear Abby's often-requested list of New Year's resolutions - which were adapted by my mother, Pauline Phillips, from the original credo of Al-Anon.

January 16, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Study: Whites more likely than minorities to get narcotics from ER doctors

CHICAGO - Emergency room doctors are prescribing strong narcotics more often to patients who complain of pain, but minorities are less likely to get them than whites, a new study finds.

January 16, 2008 | By CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | National


Hero who saved life of stricken man in New York subway reflects on his year in the spotlight

NEW YORK - The train was bearing down, and Wesley Autrey Sr. was trying to lift Cameron Hollopeter off the wet, slippery subway tracks where the young man had fallen after suffering an epileptic seizure.

January 16, 2008 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer | National


2 years after fatal W.Va. mine explosion, safety laws still not implemented

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two years after an explosion tore apart the Sago Mine and killed 12 men, prompting Congress to pass legislation strengthening mine safety standards, many of those standards have yet to be implemented.

January 16, 2008 | By TIM HUBER Associated Press Writer | National


NASA releases information on unprecedented survey of pilots, including hundreds of close calls

NASA grudgingly released some results Monday from an $11.3 million federal air safety study it previously withheld from the public over concerns it would upset travelers and hurt airline profits. The data reflects hundreds of cases where pilots flew too close to other planes, plunged from altitude or landed at airports without clearance.

January 16, 2008 | By RITA BEAMISH Associated Press Writer | National


AP Exclusive: Military’s use of unmanned drones soars in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The military's reliance on unmanned aircraft that can watch, hunt and sometimes kill insurgents has soared to more than 500,000 hours in the air, largely in Iraq, The Associated Press has learned.

January 16, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | National


A ramshackle oil town is potential flashpoint in Sudan’s north-south peace

ABYEI, Sudan - This ramshackle town of mud huts and dirt roads is swarming with returning African refugees, Arab militiamen and rival troops from north and south Sudan - all eyeing each other in fear of a spark that could detonate the volatile mix.

January 16, 2008 | By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli defense minister: West Bank roadblocks to remain in place despite objections

JERUSALEM - Israel's network of roadblocks will remain in place across the West Bank, the defense minister said Tuesday, sparking an outcry from Palestinians who say they cannot rebuild their economy until people and goods move freely.

January 16, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE | Associated Press


Pakistan election to be delayed by 1 month following Bhutto killing, official says

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan elections will be delayed by one month following the turmoil sparked by Benazir Bhutto's assassination, despite opposition threats of street protests unless the crucial vote is held Jan. 8 as originally planned, a top official said Tuesday.

January 16, 2008 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police Report - January 1

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.

January 16, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


FBI makes new plea for public’s help in IDing 1971 skyjacker Dan Cooper

PORTLAND, Ore. - The FBI is making a new stab at identifying mysterious skyjacker Dan Cooper, who bailed out of an airliner in 1971 and vanished, releasing new details that it hopes will jog someone's memory.

January 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


AP Exclusive: US gave Bhutto ’steady stream’ of threat info, security advice before killing

WASHINGTON - The United States provided a steady stream of intelligence to Benazir Bhutto about threats against her before the former Pakistani prime minister was assassinated and advised her aides on how to boost security, although key suggestions appear to have gone unheeded, U.S. officials said Monday.

January 16, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | National


Revelers gather for New Year's blowouts from Times Square to the Vegas Strip

NEW YORK - Not even a fractured foot could keep Ryan Visto from joining more than a million revelers in Times Square to watch the symbolic sphere make its 100th descent into the new year.

January 16, 2008 | By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer | National


Four Atlanta sisters co-author, publish cookbook

NEW YORK - Getting a book published isn't the rarefied literary feat it once was.

January 16, 2008 | By CANDICE CHOI Associated Press Writer | National


Pursuit suspect survives 200-foot jump off Southern California bridge; plunge kills police dog

CORONADO, Calif. - A man being chased by authorities grabbed a police dog and leaped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, taking the animal with him into the frigid ocean water 200 feet below.

January 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


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