ATLANTA - Melinda Irwin already travels plenty, so using the frequent flier miles piling up in her Delta Air Lines Inc. SkyMiles account for more airplane tickets didn't really appeal to her.
The rate at which infants die in the United States has dropped substantially over the past half-century, but broad disparities remain among racial groups, and the country stacks up poorly next to other industrialized nations.
JOLIET, Ill. - Kathleen Savio tried to get someone to believe that her life was in danger.
ALBANY, N.Y. - An infantryman charges a pillbox in the face of enemy fire. A firefighter rushes up the stairwell of a burning skyscraper as office workers flee. A teacher shields her student from a schoolyard gunman with her body.
NEOSHO, Mo. - A 9-year-old girl who had been missing for a week was found dead Friday in a sinkhole, authorities said.
English golfer Harry Vardon, he of the Vardon grip, said, "More matches are lost through carelessness at the beginning than any other cause."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Army is spending $2.6 billion on hundreds of European-designed helicopters for homeland security and disaster relief that turn out to have a crucial flaw: They aren't safe to fly on hot days, according to an internal report obtained by The Associated Press.
WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence plunged in early November to the lowest level since Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and sent oil prices soaring in 2005.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Merck & Co. said Friday it will pay $4.85 billion to end thousands of state and federal lawsuits over its painkiller Vioxx in one of the largest drug settlements ever.
DEAR ABBY: I have a 30-year-old daughter who was happily married to a man she loved. My daughter and son-in-law worked in information technology for many years and did well at it. Because of their intensive work schedules they decided to start a family only last year. When my daughter conceived, our families were overjoyed.
DEAR ABBY: Eight years ago, while visiting my son, "Jack," and his wife, "Mary," in a nearby state, I saw a few dishes in the sink waiting to be washed -- so I washed them. When Mary saw what I had done, she became upset. She said, "I don't keep house the way you do." My reply at the time was that I was only trying to be helpful. That was all the cleaning I did -- I swear.
DEAR DR. GOTT: In 1947, after being given Atabrine for a fever of undetermined origin, I experienced a reaction to the drug that prompted a Veterans Administration hospital stay, where I received electroshock treatment.
WASHINGTON - A Navy doctor was found guilty Friday of using a hidden camera to videotape Naval Academy midshipmen engaged in sex acts.
Aristotle Onassis said, "After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts."
DEAR DR. GOTT: This is the third time I'm writing to you about my problem. I know the mail is going through because I ordered a $2 pamphlet for another problem, and that came back promptly. I'm sure there is a logical reason for you not answering my problem, nevertheless, I'm trying once more, for the last time.
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