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Senate passes bill aimed at helping homeowners caught in mortgage crisis

WASHINGTON - The thousands of Americans facing foreclosure because of the ballooning interest rates on their subprime mortgages would get help from the federal government under legislation overwhelmingly approved by senators Friday.

December 29, 2007 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Writer | National


North and South Korean end military talks without agreement on joint fishing zone

SEOUL, South Korea - North and South Korea ended three days of talks Friday without an agreement on creating a shared fishing zone to defuse tensions along their disputed sea border.

December 29, 2007 | By JAE-SOON CHANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Archbishop of Canterbury won’t change decision not to invite gay bishop to Anglican summit

LONDON (AP) - The archbishop of Canterbury said Friday he will not reverse his decision to exclude a gay U.S. bishop from joining other bishops at a global Anglican gathering next year.

December 29, 2007 | By ROBERT BARR Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Senior Fatah official kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza, 3 killed in explosion

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas gunmen on Friday burst into the home of a top Fatah official in Gaza and arrested him, relatives said. He was the most senior Fatah politician to be detained since Hamas forces overtook the territory in June.

December 29, 2007 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Report says human trafficking a growing problem in China and Southeast Asia

BEIJING - Cross-border human trafficking for forced labor and prostitution is a growing problem along China's southern border, officials said Friday at a conference on the issue.

December 29, 2007 | By HENRY SANDERSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pentagon chief says US will tone down appeals for more NATO help in Afghanistan

EDINBURGH, Scotland - The Bush administration has decided to tone down its appeals to NATO allies for more troops and other aid in the fight against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

December 29, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


Ask Dr. Gott 12/14

DEAR DR. GOTT: For several years, I suffered from fibromyalgia and was told there was very little that could be done. My pain was constant and extreme. No pain medication seemed to work.

December 29, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Pa. judge: First Amendment protects woman who cursed in frustration at malfunctioning toilet

SCRANTON, Pa. - A woman who was cited for loudly cursing at her overflowing toilet - and then at a neighbor who told her to quiet down - has been acquitted on First Amendment grounds.

December 29, 2007 | The Associated Press | National


Bridge 12/14

Most bridge books have an instructional slant, giving advice on what to do. In contrast, "Bridge Master Versus Bridge Amateur" by Mark Horton (Master Point Press) looks first at an inexperienced player going wrong, then an expert getting it right.

December 29, 2007 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


North Korea replies to Bush’s personal letter, saying it will uphold agreement if U.S. does

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Friday that he got North Korea's attention by writing Pyongyang a letter and that Kim Jong Il can get his attention by fully disclosing his nuclear programs and proliferation activities.

December 29, 2007 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | National


Dear Abby 12/13

DEAR ABBY: I admit it: I am scatterbrained. I'm forgetful when it comes to events and information that affect me personally, although I have the odd ability to remember facts and trivia. It is a source of frustration and amusement to others that I can remember details about the Battle of Actium, but can also lose my car for several days because I forgot where I had it parked.

December 28, 2007 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Sirens, displays mark Chinese commemoration of ’Nanking Massacre’

BEIJING - Sirens sounded and students stood at attention Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's notorious wartime massacre of civilians in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

December 28, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Malaysia arrests ethnic Indians under law allowing detention without trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities arrested five ethnic Indian activists Thursday under a security law that allows indefinite detention without trial, a lawyer said.

December 28, 2007 | By SEAN YOONG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Sharpton denounces reports of probe into his financial records, employees

NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday angrily denounced reports of an investigation into his 2004 presidential bid and suggested that federal authorities were retaliating against him for his civil rights advocacy.

December 28, 2007 | By PAT MILTON Associated Press Writer | National


Astrograph 12/13

In the year ahead, you will find yourself providing the inspiration to make life for you and others far more beautiful and rewarding. Your understanding and awareness to the needs of your associates brings this about.

December 28, 2007 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


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Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

December 16, 2014 | By RIAZ KAHN Associated Press | Associated Press


Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

December 16, 2014 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | Associated Press


12 things you should never give your wife for Christmas

Are you one of those men that wait until Christmas Eve to buy your wife's gift? She probably has had your gift for weeks, and it is already wrapped and placed under the tree, but you just can't figure out what to get her. While I can't tell you the perfect gift to give your wife, I can tell you what NOT to give her. I must mention that while the following list is pretty accurate, everyone is different. You may have a gourmet chef as your wife, so some fancy frying pan is just what she ...

December 16, 2014 | By MEGAN SHAURI Deseret News National | Hot topics


What's in a name? Why Mary is disappearing

They're the most familiar names at this time of year, but Mary and Joseph are disappearing from the cultural landscape as quickly as Santa's sleigh at daybreak.

December 16, 2014 | By JENNIFER GRAHAM | Hot topics


Avoid the red this Christmas: 13 ways to save money during the season

A recent survey by SunTrust Banks found nearly 40 percent of consumers feel pressured to spend more than they can afford this holiday season.

December 16, 2014 | By DEBORAH SUTTON Deseret News National | Hot topics


Nope. Can't. Maybe next time: The art of graciously saying 'no'

The holiday season is a time of giving. We give of ourselves because we want to be "the good guy." We want to be helpful, well-regarded, valued and, of course, our hearts tell us that giving is the right thing to do. Plus, giving feels just plain good.

December 16, 2014 | By LORI NAWYN Deseret News National | Hot topics


Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

December 16, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press | Associated Press




Harbaugh's future will overshadow final two weeks for 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Harbaugh welcomes a sit-down with 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke to discuss the future - his future - after a season that will end in two weeks without a playoff berth for the first time during his four-year tenure.

December 15, 2014 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Manziel flops in first start

December 15, 2014 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Smith faces uncertain future with Falcons

December 15, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Police once again offended by NFL player

December 15, 2014 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Eagles' Ferguson returns from suspension

Georgia Southern men's basketball star Eric Ferguson's suspension was lifted Monday, effective immediately, according to GSU athletic director Tom Kleinlein.

December 15, 2014 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

ATLANTA - Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.

December 15, 2014 | By JOHNNY CLARK Associated Press | Associated Press


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Country Store's Revell is living his dream

Growing up as a chubby kid certainly creates limitations both mentally and physically.

December 15, 2014 | | Local


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