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.
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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.
An airboat speeding across the sawgrass and mud. A ringing in the ears when the engine was cut. Moaning. Screams for help. Desperate gasps at the water's surface. Helicopters in the distance. Christmas carols.
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.
Football programs in the counties surrounding Bulloch have seen varying degrees of success over the past few years, but all seem primed to make a run towards the postseason in 2014.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
The intersection around West Main and College streets will be closed from about 8:30 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Tuesday for completion of the crosswalk upgrade, said engineer Marcos Trejo in the city's engineering department.
SAVANNAH - Regardless of whether he wins his race for Congress this fall, Augusta businessman and Republican Rick W. Allen is on the brink of joining an exclusive club in Georgia politics - candidates willing to spend $1 million of their own money seeking election.
FERGUSON, Mo. - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Camilo Villegas got some help from an unlikely source on his way to his first victory in a while.
BROOKLYN, Mich. - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.
ATLANTA - Mike Minor needed a reason to believe he could work his way back to his 2013 form.
Georgia Southern University will host Adriana Bosch, an award-winning series producer and filmmaker, as this year's Hispanic Heritage Month guest speaker.
If you are on social media, you have probably seen friends, politicians, athletes or celebrities recently dump a bucket of ice water over their head. This chilly "challenge" they are doing is the Striking Out ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge, and it is taking over the social media world. The task is a campaign to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
BAGHDAD - Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.