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Filtering, etiquette questions arise as airlines introduce in-flight Internet access

NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep.

January 07, 2008 | By ANICK JESDANUN AP Internet Writer | National

Holiday shoppers crowd stores on last weekend before Christmas, as stores remain on edge

NEW YORK - The nation's shoppers - taking advantage of deep discounts and expanded hours - jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to grab a hard-to-find Wii or scoop up bargains on other items. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

January 07, 2008 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Associated Press Writer | National

Child soldiers being recruited at record pace in Congo, charity says

KINSHASA, Congo - Boys and girls are being recruited in record numbers to act as soldiers, spies and sex slaves in Congo and children have been spotted marching in formation in the war-wracked east of the country over the past week, international charity Save the Children said Monday.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press

French, Australian leaders visit Afghanistan, Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan - Making the first-ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the political and military situation in the war-torn country.

January 06, 2008 | By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

WHO: limited human-to-human bird flu transmission possible in Pakistan, no current threat

HANOI, Vietnam - Limited human-to-human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organization official said.

January 06, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Somalia aid passes through dangers to reach families

MERKA, Somalia - The handful of grain Abiye Omar clutches in her skinny hand has traveled a long way from the fertile fields of midwestern America to this desolate Somali seaside town.

January 06, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Democrats find majority status has painful limits when Republicans are united

WASHINGTON - Democrats running Congress for the first time in more than a decade faltered at key points this year as they grudgingly passed important bills opposed by many, or even most, of their House members. When Republicans were in charge, they generally avoided a similar fate.

January 06, 2008 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National

War-torn families reunited through technology at the holidays

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Wendy Derkits stood in front of the camera to deliver a holiday message thousands of miles away.

January 06, 2008 | By CHELSEA J. CARTER Associated Press Writer | National

Jurors resume deliberations in trial of black man accused of shooting white teen

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Jurors worked a rare weekend session Saturday as they struggled to reach a verdict in the trial of a black father accused of killing a white teenager during a racially charged encounter outside the man's home.

January 06, 2008 | By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press Writer | National

As tiny number of schools throw money at aid, will others feel ripples?

When it comes to paying for college, cash-strapped families have had a few good tidings of late. A string of elite, private colleges have announced major boosts in financial aid.

January 06, 2008 | By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer | National

Bridge 12/22

Most Chinese fortune cookie mottoes are uninteresting, but I had one last month that was good: A bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist.

January 06, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Astrograph 12/22

In the year ahead, there are strong indications that you will increase your earning capacity considerably. Events and circumstances will provide the possibilities, but you must provide the motivation to jump into the heat of the battle.

January 06, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

Ask Dr. Gott 12/22

DEAR DR. GOTT: I'm a 66-year-old cashier and stand eight hours a day. My previous job for many years was that of a waitress. The work I've done has created corns on several of my toes, and they really bother me. I have never seen anything in your column about this uncomfortable issue. My mother and one of my sisters were really bothered with them, also.

January 06, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break

Kathy Bradley - Feeling of Christmas should be embraced

I don't really mind 80-degree weather in December. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I prefer it. I can sit on the deck and read the Sunday paper. I can take the dogs rambling wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I can get out of bed without gritting my teeth in preparation for the feel of cold tile on my bare feet.

January 06, 2008 | By KATHY BRADLEY | Lifestyles Columnists

Dear Abby 12/22

DEAR ABBY: I have a special cake recipe that I have perfected over the years. I get compliments on it and requests for the recipe every time I take one to any non-family gathering.

January 06, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

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