DEAR ABBY: I am a professional woman in my late 20s. I admit to being commitment-phobic. I have no desire to be married or even in a relationship. I have always felt this way.
DEAR DR. GOTT: This is for the 51-year-old woman who is having irregular heartbeats. I was having the same problem, which began with infrequent palpitations, for years. They increased to several times a day, every day. I was also very tired. I, too, had the same tests she had, with the same results.
In the year ahead, the favors and kindness extended to others will likely be repaid in greater measure and have more influence on your welfare than ever before. It behooves you to do what you can for others whenever possible.
German foreign exchange student Arne Bencker is adapting well to the American style of basketball.
The International Bridge Press Association's book of the year, after a landslide win in the voting, is "Canada's Bridge Warriors" by Roy Hughes (Master Point Press). These warriors are Sami Kehela and Eric Murray, whose collaboration helped make this book such a great read.
ALBANY, N.Y. - Students who rely on all-nighters to bring up their grades might want to sleep on that strategy: A new survey says those who never study all night have slightly higher GPAs than those who do.
(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.)
MINSK, Belarus - The leaders of Russia and Belarus pledged closer cooperation on military, economic and foreign policy but gave no indication Friday that the ex-Soviet neighbors were moving closer to a long-discussed full merger.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - After a protracted delay, tough new laws against sexual abuse will finally go into effect Sunday in South Africa, which is often called the ''rape capital'' of the world.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Two students were found shot to death in an apparent home invasion at their Louisiana State University apartment, and officials decided to keep the campus open Friday while police searched for three suspects.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Someone taped fake snow to the door of an Army Reserve office to create a winter scene. The Defense Intelligence Agency hung a 4-foot candy cane and the inspirational message, ''Believe.''
PHOENIX - A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison Friday for the sexual assaults of two sisters.
BAGHDAD - Thousands of followers of a radical cleric took to Baghdad's streets after Friday prayers to protest a triple car bombing in one of their southern strongholds and make a show of strength directed at a rival Shiite power broker.
The more knowledge and expertise you gather in the year ahead concerning your career or field of endeavor, the better your chances for advancement and big financial returns. Do all that you can to be the best in your chosen field.
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that non-Catholics must never be forced to embrace the faith.
LEEDS, England - So your national team is out of the World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon doesn't seem the same without Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal and your baseball team is slumping.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.
Officers arrested a man Thursday after he led them on a vehicle chase and eventually had to be subdued with a Taser, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Seven people - including a man who was shot during an attempted robbery Sunday evening - were arrested Thursday after officers responded to an apartment trying to find a man wanted for selling cocaine, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
When Bulloch County public school students set foot in their classrooms on Aug. 1, they will notice some changes.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.
At least three health insurers plan to offer insurance statewide in Georgia's exchange for 2015.
Dr. and Mrs. Britt Pilcher of Kathleen, Ga., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brenna Elizabeth Pilcher, to William Allen Kent, son of the Reverend Bill Kent of Pitts, Ga., and the late Mrs. Cindy Kent.
ATLANTA - The Braves, finding new ways to create runs, have regained the lead in the NL East with their best two-week stretch of the season.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It had been 31 years since a driver won both Daytona races in the same season when Jimmie Johnson pulled off the Sprint Cup Series sweep. A year later, his teammate wants to complete the feat.
LONDON - Eugenie Bouchard could have lost her focus after the fourth game of her Wimbledon semifinal Thursday, when play was delayed for five minutes during Simona Halep's medical timeout for a left ankle injury.
MARIETTA, Ga. - A Georgia man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.