WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday sharply lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing blows from the housing and credit debacles along with zooming energy prices. It also expects higher unemployment and inflation.
BERLIN - The Berlin Philharmonic should be able to resume playing concerts at its landmark home in downtown Berlin as soon as early June, orchestra officials said Wednesday, the day after a fire tore through the building's roof.
WASHINGTON - Congress has renewed and approved a bigger budget for a joint private-public program that has helped rescue more than 100,000 missing children since it was created in 1984.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward Kennedy's diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor left Congress this week without its best dealmaker as well as its boldest liberal, a politician known simultaneously for his staunch left-wing positions and for his willingness to work with right-wing lawmakers to get legislation passed.
WASHINGTON - Top executives of the five largest oil companies tried to shift anger over high prices to a debate over supplies Wednesday, leading a senator to accuse them of acting like ''hapless victims'' while racking up record profits.
JERUSALEM - Israel and Syria unexpectedly announced Wednesday the resumption of peace talks after an eight-year break, saying they have been speaking indirectly through Turkish mediators ''in order to achieve the goal of comprehensive peace.''
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BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's feuding factions reached a breakthrough deal Wednesday that ends the country's 18-month political stalemate, but also gives the militant Hezbollah group and its allies veto over any government decision.
NEW YORK - Hamburgers and hot dogs? Check. Lighter fluid? Check. Beer? Check. More money?
FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines said Wednesday it plans to charge passengers $15 for the first checked bag, cut domestic flights and eliminate possibly thousands of jobs, as it grapples with record-high fuel prices.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, who died in A.D. 103, asked, "Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men."
In order to be successful in the year ahead, it will be important not to take on more than you can handle. Focus on goals or objectives one at a time, and try to select those that are free from troublesome distractions.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am amazed at the experiences of some of your readers who appear to have very incompetent physicians. The people are complaining of an ailment, yet the doctors don't seem to take the time to do testing to determine the cause or to refer them to a specialist. I used to think this happened only to older people, where some doctors may not be concerned. However, I just read about a 28-year-old woman who has pain in her lower abdomen and her doctor only tested her for a urinary-tract infection. I had a similar problem and ...
DEAR ABBY: I have recently gotten to know a lovely lady I'll call "Judith," whose son is being married in August. During a recent trip to Florida, Judith mentioned that she was looking for a dress to wear to the wedding and asked where she might find something nice. The next day, the woman she had spoken to arrived with a beautiful gown she had worn only once. The dress is lovely and of excellent quality. It fits and looks perfect on Judith.
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