DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - In an embarrassing battlefield defeat for Pakistan's army, Islamic extremists attacked and seized a small fort near the Afghan border, leaving at least 27 soldiers dead or missing.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson tussled Wednesday over who's the true conservative while the Democratic contest in Nevada indicated the truce called over racially sensitive matters does not extend to other points of dispute.
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - President Bush's fast-track plan for a Mideast peace agreement got a welcome endorsement Wednesday from a nation long seen as a key Arab mediator. Bush responded by pulling his punches on the human rights backpedaling in Egypt that have cooled relations with this longtime ally.
DEAR ABBY: I am ashamed and angry at myself because I think I have made a mistake that is impossible to correct.
Albert Schweitzer, who was a theologian, musician and philosopher in addition to being a medical missionary, said, "As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious."
Financial conditions look encouraging in the year ahead, but only if you are determined to succeed and willing to do what it takes to generate the returns you want. Nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Recently, there have been a lot of recommendations to use niacin as a treatment for high cholesterol instead of statin drugs, but no one has said anything about the side effects.
WASHINGTON - The economy lost momentum heading into the new year as shoppers tightened their belts and manufacturers were stung by weak demand for cars and housing-related goods.
SALT LAKE CITY - To Don Lounsbury, it's just another chapter in the same old story - his church is being maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood - only this time it's happening as part of the campaign for the White House.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unanimously upheld New York's unique system of choosing trial judges Wednesday, setting aside critics' concerns that political party bosses control the system.
Mario Jackson isn't a superstar quite yet. Frankly, that's the way he likes it.
WASHINGTON - President Bush exempted the Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training off the California coast - a practice critics say is harmful to whales and other marine mammals.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Ten years ago, Amien Rais led thousands of demonstrators chanting ''Hang Suharto!'' to the halls of parliament, where they demanded the resignation of a man widely regarded as one of the most brutal and corrupt leaders of the 20th century.
WASHINGTON - A year is a long time in a child's education, the time it can take to learn cursive writing or beginning algebra. It's also how much time kids can spend with substitute teachers from kindergarten through high school - time that's all but lost for learning.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is fighting congressional efforts to slash the amount of emergency food aid the United States provides around the world, saying the cuts could hurt up to 8 million people in dire need.
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