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Dear Abby 12/25

DEAR ABBY: Thank you for instructing "Pulled in Two in California" (Nov. 1) to stick by her decision to keep a troubled child out of the system. As a newly licensed educator, I find the attitude of the granddaughter to be indicative of our times. It appears the girl's mother has completely dropped the ball.

January 09, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


U.S. commander says Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be legitimized

YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq - A top U.S. commander warned Tuesday that Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be rewarded and recognized as legitimate members of Iraqi society - or else the hard-fought security gains of the past six months could be lost.

January 09, 2008 | By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer | World


40 Iranian Jews arrive in Israel, organizer warns of dangers to Jews still in Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel - Greeted by joyous relatives and a crowd of reporters, about 40 Iranian Jews landed in Israel on Tuesday, leaving behind their lives in the Islamic Republic for new homes in the Jewish state.

January 09, 2008 | By RORY KRESS Associated Press Writer | World


Unexpected turn of events for children's health insurance in 2007

WASHINGTON - The modest spending increase that Congress approved for a popular children's health insurance program will maintain coverage for those already enrolled. But many lacking insurance will have to look elsewhere.

January 09, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | National


Retailing sector relying on high-tech advances to increase sales, aid customers

WASHINGTON - Red pumps. Silver slingbacks. Bronze flats. Black suede boots. Size 7 1/2, please.

January 09, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


MIT spinoff's little green laptop computers a hit in remote Peruvian village

ARAHUAY, Peru - Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago.

January 09, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK AP Technology Writer | World


Bridge 12/25

I hope all of my readers and their families will have a merry Christmas and a happy holiday.

January 09, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 12/25

DEAR DR. GOTT: My father keeps all his medicines on top of the microwave oven in the kitchen so he won't forget. My brother says the microwaves are ruining the medicine. Dad doesn't believe him.

January 09, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Army looks to Savannah River nuclear site in S.C. to train troops in total darkness

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The military is looking for a few good acres - very, very dark ones.

January 09, 2008 | By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER Associated Press Writer | National


A day of prayer, reconciliation and hope

ROME - As the faithful marked Christmas Day, political and religious leaders called for peace and reconciliation amid flickers of hope in places long plagued by conflict.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Crime report - December 26

January 09, 2008 | Herald staff reports | Crime Report


Jokster 'sends' holiday greetings from afterlife

ASHLAND, Ore. - Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Astrograph 12/25

You will meet someone new in the year ahead who has clout in several compatible areas of your life, and this meeting will result in a partnership in two exciting enterprises. The union could have quite an impact on your life.

January 09, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Panama finds 3 bodies, 1 survivor in crash of plane carrying U.S. citizens

PANAMA CITY, Panama - The bodies of a California businessman, his teenage daughter and the Panamanian pilot of a plane that crashed over the weekend were found Tuesday in Panama's mountains, officials said. A 12-year-old American girl survived.

January 09, 2008 | By JUAN ZAMORANO Associated Press Writer | National


Sept. 11 workers, victims' families hold last midnight Mass at ground zero on Christmas Eve

NEW YORK - The first midnight Mass at ground zero was celebrated as workers were still clearing debris from the World Trade Center and recovering bodies after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

January 09, 2008 | By AMY WESTFELDT Associated Press Writer | National


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