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American couples in wrenching limbo as Guatemala changes adoption rules

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Jeff and Diana Kerr fell in love with the Guatemalan baby girl the moment they saw her photograph. The Minnesota couple decorated her pink and white nursery with pictures of flowers and butterflies, but now they don't know if the 8-month-old will ever become their daughter.

December 11, 2007 | By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press Writer | Nation


Diane Miller - Information about family’s history could prove useful

Do our children know our family history? Families who are resilient and function well have a sense of connection to the past. Our history provides roots and a sense of belonging that we all need to feel secure and to have an understanding of who we are.

December 11, 2007 | By DIANE MILLER | Lifestyles Columnists


Ask Dr. Gott 11/21

DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband is turning 65 soon, and I have noticed the following changes in him. He can get emotional very easily and cry. In a group of people watching a concert, he sleeps. When he starts to snore and I wake him up, he claims he wasn't asleep. I have to repeat things over and over for him. I know he has a hearing problem, but he refuses to get a hearing aid. He gets a physical exam every year, and he has been told he is fine. He has memory lapses. I notice that other ...

December 11, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Authorities may need DNA tests to help identify 29 bodies from China landslide

BEIJING - Authorities may need DNA tests to help identify 29 disfigured bodies that were pulled from the rubble of a landslide in mountainous central China, a state-run news agency reported Saturday.

December 11, 2007 | By ANITA CHANG Associated Press Writer | Nation


Dear Abby 11/17

DEAR ABBY: I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She's now 7 weeks old, and I am just now getting to where I can start exercising to get the baby fat off.

December 11, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Bridge 11/16

C.C. Colton, an English author and clergyman, wrote, "It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends." But if someone is learning, someone else is instructing, even if only through the printed word.

December 11, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Showdown over possible new cable TV regulation pits FCC chairman against cable industry

WASHINGTON - A long-simmering dispute between the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and the cable television industry has reached a boiling point, with a potential showdown shaping up for the agency's meeting Tuesday.

December 11, 2007 | By JOHN DUNBAR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Astrograph 11/21

The more contacts you make socially in the year ahead, the better your chances for more than one of them proving to be quite helpful in a number of areas in your life. Try to establish relationships with those who have good reputations.

December 11, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Bridge 11/21

Author Maya Angelou said in an interview, "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels."

December 11, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Bridge 11/17

French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, "The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first."

December 11, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


FMB AOTW: Cox fuels PHS to rivalry win

It's been a quick transition from the football field to the basketball court for many Portal Panthers, and for Steven Cox, it's no exception.

December 11, 2007 | From staff reports | Sports


GSU tops Hatters, wins third straight

DELAND, Fla. - Freshman guard Willie Powers scored 16 points to lead Georgia Southern to a 68-55 win over Stetson in the Glenn Wilkes Classic Sunday night.

December 11, 2007 | The Associated Press | Georgia Southern


Ask Dr. Gott 11/16

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am having a health problem for which I seek your valuable advice.

December 11, 2007 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Judge agrees to open ’Jena 6’ defendant Mychal Bell’s battery trial to public

NEW ORLEANS - A state judge has agreed to open the juvenile trial of one of the black teenagers known as the Jena Six.

December 11, 2007 | By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


At Oral Roberts University, a scandal prompts an examination of honor and faith

TULSA, Okla. - Back in 1963, when evangelist Oral Roberts built a university on Tulsa's southern outskirts and put his name on it, he believed he was taking orders from God.

December 11, 2007 | By ERIC GORSKI AP Religion Writer | Nation


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Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

March 21, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

March 21, 2015 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press | Associated Press




Busch takes pole at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Kurt Busch's comeback from his season-opening suspension is gathering speed.

March 20, 2015 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Oklahoma State falls to Oregon, 79-73

OMAHA, Neb. - Le'Bryan Nash stared at his feet, unable to speak. His teammate, Anthony Hickey, patted him gently on the back. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford gave him an encouraging nod.

March 20, 2015 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Durant likely to miss remainder of season

OKLAHOMA CITY - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.

March 20, 2015 | By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Sports


States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON - New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

March 20, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press




Gomes, Johnson lift Atlanta Braves over Florida Marlins 6-3

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Even though he won 10 games for the marlins last season, Tom Koehler isn't considering himself a lock for Miami's rotation.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | Sports


Falcons sign TE

Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

March 19, 2015 | ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Bracket Busters eliminate top-seeded teams in tourney

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The UAB Blazers may not have a football program anymore. They do have the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament and hope they can give their university something to rally around.

March 19, 2015 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.

March 19, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Famed Civil War submarine on display

The replica CSS H.L. Hunley Confederate submarine traveling exhibit will be on display this weekend at the 16th Annual Battles at Manassas.

March 19, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

DENVER - Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

March 19, 2015 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press




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