TOKYO - When Japan's prime minister heads to China for a summit Thursday, he'll face conditions his predecessors haven't enjoyed for years: warming relations, a boost in economic ties and almost no rhetoric over their historical grievances.
JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will demand Israel commit at a peace summit Thursday to a freeze on all settlement construction, and he has appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for support, an aide said.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2007. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.
(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.)
DEAR ABBY: We have out-of-state friends who have two daughters, ages 10 and 11. More than once I have seen the mother give her girls sips of her wine - even hard liquor - when she is drinking. We do not allow our children to do this. We have discussed drinking in moderation with them, but only when they are of legal age.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Umm Doha cuts hair and waxes eyebrows in secret from her living room because making women look pretty can get a person killed in her Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Zoo was closed to visitors Wednesday as investigators returned to the scene to determine how a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others.
NEW YORK - U.S. home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest drop since early 1991, according to a key index released Wednesday.
CHICAGO - Police divers searched the Des Plaines River on Wednesday for a missing woman who had planned to place a damaged statue of a Hindu deity in the water when she disappeared two days earlier.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The kindness of strangers across the country saved Christmas for Beverly Smith's children after the deadly ice storm that cut off electricity for them and thousands of other people.
Actress Tallulah Bankhead, who died in 1968, said, "It's one of the tragic ironies of the theater that only one man in it can count on steady work: the night watchman."
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged during an unusually friendly meeting Wednesday to share intelligence and tighten border controls to quash rising militant attacks.
STATESBORO - After a costly eradication program, Georgia cotton farmers say the destructive boll weevil is gone from Georgia fields and from much of the country.
In the year ahead, you will have many more opportunities to associate with influential people than you had previously. Cultivate these relationships, because they will provide you with many opportunities denied up until now.
DAVID, Panama - A 12-year-old U.S. girl who was the sole survivor of a weekend plane crash was airlifted Wednesday to a Panamanian hospital after rescue workers trekked for several hours through remote mountains to deliver her to safety and reunite her with anxious relatives.
You can still count on two hands how many players walked away from a pro football career with more good days likely ahead of them than behind.
SAVANNAH - For those who could escape work -and thousands of green-garbed tourists and locals did - Tuesday turned out to be a nearly perfect day to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.
Eastern Heights Baptist Church will hold a Model Seder Meal, presented by the organization "Jews for Jesus," on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center Fellowship Hall.
Community volunteers will hit the streets next week for Ogeechee Technical College's 2015 iGot campaign.
Even though 180 Fitness offers nearly 50 group fitness classes per week, you may not realize that they also offer a program that specifically targets senior adults! It's called the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program. Through SilverSneakers, several individual health plans and group retirement plans may provide a free gym membership to their insured.
Forest Heights Pharmacy is a service driven pharmacy. Everything they offer, be it free in town delivery, convenient drive thru window service, prescriptions that are ready in minutes not hours, Medicare part D help, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) or compounding services - the goal is to benefit their customers.
Bernard's Jewelers owners Pamela Anderson, Polly Reed Schuman and Pamela Reed have just returned from market and packed every inch of their beautiful little jewelry store "that service built."
Sherry Lynn's Farm Girl Miscellany and Sherry Lynn's Salon is located at 8 East Vine Street behind the Sea Island Bank's downtown drive thru.
Marc and Danielle Nauts are the owners of B&R Accounting & Taxes at 45 East Main Street. They share office space with their other company, B&R Treasures & Treats.
Renee Kalloniatis became the owner of Grace Gardens in June 2014.
Forest Heights Pharmacy, located at 4439 Country Club Road, was founded by the late Joel Sikes in 2006. He was a long time Brooklet resident. Joel sold the business to Ben Ross in 2008 after he became ill. Ben is a second generation pharmacist/pharmacy owner who grew up working in his dad's pharmacy, Ross Drug, in Sylvania. Ben, his wife, Lauren and their two girls, Lanie and Lucy Kate, are active Bulloch County residents.
For Dr. Al Mooney, Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery at Willingway, one of the key factors that distinguishes this week's Addiction Update Conference is its "focus on the solutions rather than the problems."
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