DEAR DR. GOTT: I am an 88-year-old male in reasonably good health. I have no heart problems, cancer or diabetes. I do have low blood pressure and have never smoked or done drugs.
The year ahead could be a rather exciting period of time. You will be able to break out of any nagging, sullen moods and discover new vistas, such as a romantic situation that could get serious.
Yesterday, I mentioned that holding intermediate spot-cards -10s, nines and eights - is often beneficial. This deal, from a social game in Denver, provides another example. And it features a suit combination that many misplay.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - An Egyptian plane carrying 163 people to Warsaw caught fire Thursday after making an emergency landing at Istanbul's international airport, a government official said. One passenger was slightly injured.
DEAR DR. GOTT: One hot summer, my husband and I went to a Little League baseball game. The mosquitoes were thick. Everyone was slapping at them but to no avail. We were not bothered by them. Lots of them were only circling around us. Why, you ask? Because we had taken garlic tablets. They work to keep the mosquitoes away. We have used the tablets for years. They work every time, and there is no odor.
DEAR ABBY: Your response to "Smitten in North Texas" (Aug. 17), who was romantically interested in his deceased father's wife, was not entirely correct.
A bit more traveling and moving about in wider circles is indicated for you in the year ahead. Valuable contacts will come out of this, providing benefits for you both socially and commercially.
Most tricks are won by aces, kings, queens and trumps. But lower cards, even nines and eights, can be valuable too - as in this deal.
HARTFORD, Conn. - A woman calmly told a dispatcher that she drowned her 2-year-old grandson in the bathtub and wanted officers ''to shoot me, if they could,'' according to 911 recordings released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling Blackwater USA's contract or awarding it to another company in line with an Iraqi government demand, The Associated Press has learned.
CLEVELAND - A 14-year-old suspended student opened fire in his downtown high school Wednesday, wounding four people as terrified schoolmates hid in closets and bathrooms and huddled under laboratory desks. He then killed himself.
With small incomes and big bills, college students make a prime market for credit cards. But critics say the card companies take unfair advantage, luring students with free T-shirts and food - then snaring them with high interest rates.
ATLANTA - In the months since nooses dangling from a schoolyard tree raised racial tensions in Jena, La., the frightening symbol of segregation-era lynchings has been turning up around the country.
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.
NEW YORK - Once Grady Sizemore hit a leadoff home run, the Cleveland Indians were headed to the AL championship series while the New York Yankees were braced for a showdown with their boss.
A second person has died from injuries sustained in a Friday evening crash on Georgia Highway 119, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Hunter Oglesby.
Elizabeth "Betty" Hall Adams
The Associated Press
Plans have been finalized for the wedding of Taylor ReAnn Miles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Dale Miles of Hazlehurst, and William Bradford Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore Stewart Jr. of Statesboro.
A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parenting to Apache Blackhawk parenting."
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater got hurt before he could finish a fine first NFL start.
Mr. and Mrs. Robin Rich of Statesboro are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Rich, to Jacob Todd Zeigler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Zeigler of Statesboro.
(Note: The following is the first of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
WASHINGTON - It's time for flu vaccines again. While the shot is important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.
A flock of blackbirds covers the field. Two hundred, maybe. Silent and still before rising, as though at the lift of some unseen maestro's baton, into the air in one loud flap like a bleached sheet on a clothesline. I watch and listen and shiver. Blackbirds. Sign of cold weather.
FERGUSON, Mo. - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.
ATHENS - Todd Gurley shook off a couple of defenders in the backfield, built up speed down the sideline, and saw another would-be tackler in his path.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round.
PHILADELPHIA - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton each homered and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.