State to survey employers to determine hiring needs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Economic Security said Wednesday it will survey employers throughout the state to determine what types of jobs they have available during the current shortage of workers.
Good times breed bad feelings
NEW YORK (AP) -- There was a time not long ago-- but much forgotten --when people were content to have a job. Like in 1982, when 10.7 million people couldn't find work and the jobless rate was 9.7 per cent.
Northwest resumes display of flight inventory on Lowestfare.com Web site
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines on Friday announced an agreement with Lowestfares.com on how airline inventory is displayed on the Web site, meaning Lowestfare.com customers will again be able to book Northwest flights.
Lost Lake Lodge wins resort honor
Lost Lake Lodge, Lake Shore, was selected as the property of the year for the category of Minnesota resort with fewer than 36 rooms by the Minnesota Association of Innkeepers.
As election approaches, the agenda of small business looks about the same as recent years
NEW YORK -- With Election Day nearing, small business owners hope that their concerns, particularly health insurance, taxes and regulations, are being given a high priority by candidates at all levels of government.
Homebody image keeping female middle managers home
In an increasingly global business climate, companies have underestimated female wanderlust, according to a report released recently by the research firm Catalyst.
Financial planners can help guide spending, savings, giving decisions
NEW YORK -- A young couple trying to figure out how to save for their children's education. A small business owner worried that he's not protected financially if something happens to his partner or himself. An elderly woman who wants to make sure her estate goes toward community projects.
Around the watercooler
E-MAIL IDENTITY: It's a good idea for job applicants to reconsider their e-mail addresses before sending resumes over the Internet, according to Cleveland-based Management Recruiters International Inc.
September figures show state jobless rate below 3 percent for nearly three years
Minnesota's jobless rate has been at or below 3 percent for nearly three years.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 102, a year ago 86.
BLADC enters 21s Century with technology initiative
When community leaders first organized a non-profit organization called the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation in 1985, "technology" was not on anyone's list of priorities. In the beginning, BLADC tackled issues such as building space and gap financing.
Retail members of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce are being solicited to participate in the 2000 Christmas Cash program. Christmas Cash is the seasonal loan program established by BLACC and its member financial institutions to invigorate local holiday shopping.
New rules intended to help investors get mixed reaction
NEW YORK -- As a day trader, Kevin Eagle is used to seeing the value of his stock portfolio fluctuate. The risks don't bother him, but he gets frustrated when a stock suddenly drops for no apparent reason.
Merger talks called off
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- United Technologies Corp. said Friday it has called off discussions to acquire Honeywell International Inc.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1,700.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Apple growers form core
ELGIN (AP) -- Faced with the consolidation of grocery stores into large chains, smaller apple growers in southeastern Minnesota have consolidated under a single name.
Blandin accepting applications for scholarship program
UPM-Kymmene/Blandin Paper Co. announces that it will begin accepting applications for the Blandin Paper Company Scholarship Program for the 2001-2002 academic year.
Osterloh auto dealership in Pine River closes
PINE RIVER -- Fall leaves can blow by without ever hitting a car at the former Osterloh auto dealership in Pine River.
BAXTER -- Ask Todd Headlee, vice president and chief information officer at Universal Pensions Inc., where he lives and works and he just might reply on the "Silicon Tundra."
Larry Specht, a 1965 Washington High School graduate and lifelong Brainerd resident, gives all his glory to God.
Answers to the Halloween costume question
NEW YORK (AP) -- Halloween is creeping up on us. You can feel it approaching in the cooler air and see it in the pumpkins sprouting up on porches and windowsills.
Lonely residents in nursing homes suffer from neglect
DEAR ABBY: I know you reach millions of readers, so please print this letter. It could save someone's life.
Halloween decor ideas
--Play a classic black-and-white horror film like the 1931 "Dracula" for spooky background. Pick one that contributes atmosphere without drawing guests in to watch, Bannatyne says.
Pets of the week
Dakota, a female gray tiger-striped cat, has been spayed. She's described as a big girl and very loving.
Revised 'Betty Crocker's Cookbook' adds basics for inexperienced cooks
GOLDEN VALLEY -- One caller who lived on the 35th floor of an apartment building wanted to know if she should use the high altitude directions when baking her cake.
Following the flood of boomers' children
The children of baby boomers will flood college campuses over the next decade, creating sharp increases in high education enrollment nationwide, according to a report issued in August by the National Center for Education Statistics. Meanwhile, enrollment in elementary and middle schools will stabilize.
'Frightful' festivities for children's parties
If the weather is fine enough, especially if there's a moon as guests arrive, give your party a "boo-st" by turning the front yard into a graveyard, with cardboard tombstones and fake hands reaching up out of the ground.
Throwing a Halloween party? Know your audience
Dig out that old "Werewolves of London" cassette and get ready to party on with the ghouls and ghosts this Halloween.
Corrections / clarifications
Because of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, the grade and school for a boy in a photo on the church page in Friday's edition was listed incorrectly. Michael Herbote is a fourth-grader at Harrison Elementary School.
Crow Wing County Board
Details of a fatal traffic collision were reported incorrectly in a story Friday.
The Brainerd Fire Department was called Friday morning to the Target parking lot and Friday afternoon to Excelsior Road because of separate vehicle fires.
Americans maintain lead in Presidents Cup
With an impassioned Thursday night speech from South African Ernie Els apparently providing the proper inspiration, the International team Friday got itself back in the fray after
Farmers need help with stress over prices
PIERRE, S.D. -- Farmers and ranchers need help not only in improving national farm policy, but also in coping with the stress caused by disastrously low prices, an Iowa farmer and psychologist says.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Biotech corn controversy points to holes in food science
WASHINGTON -- The discovery of an unapproved variety of gene-altered corn in the nation's food supply is pointing out unanswered questions about human allergies that are likely to challenge the biotechnology industry for some time to come.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
ART AS THERAPY
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Surrounded by tissue paper, feathers and glitter, the students in Andrea DeSharone's classroom could look like a kindergarten art class.
Scooter injuries increase
Federal officials recently warned parents of the perils of those new scooters that zoomed out of nowhere this summer, but whether they pose any greater threat than, say, riding a bicycle is an open question.
A return to the mortar and pestle
WASHINGTON -- Mark Gonzalez runs a drugstore in Yorba Linda, Calif., where he makes each prescription from scratch. He uses a glass mortar and pestle to mix his medicinal powders, the same tools that have served this ancient craft for generations.
Concern mounts over use of common cold medicine
WASHINGTON -- They are the boxes we reach for when the sniffles strike and a cough comes on, the heavily advertised artillery that aims to ease the common cold.
Duo to present concert
NISSWA -- Humor and lyricism will be apparent when Wieska and Hubert Szymczynski will present their "Classically Cool" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Suspicious death under investigation in Aitkin
AITKIN -- The Aitkin County Sheriff's department Saturday reported it is investigating the suspicious death of a man who died sometime this past week. A suspect has been arrested.
Senate candidates take responsibility for ads
BREEZY POINT -- U.S. Senate candidates took responsibility for their own television ads when questioned on the content during a debate Friday at Breezy Point Resort.
Area fires battled
The DNR responded Friday to a 40-acre grass fire near Little Falls. Homes were threatened but no structures were damaged.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 22 - 80 years ago (1920) - At his farm in Long Lake, M. Cottingham reported blueberries breaking into bloom and if the frost continued distant, a second crop of luscious berries was promised.
Firefighters struggle to subdue brush fire
WYOMING, Minn. (AP) -- Firefighters on Friday kept up their battle against a brush fire that had consumed nearly 10,000 acres, and hundreds of people who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their homes.
Donny Vosen to play no more songs at Madden's
EAST GULL LAKE -- Mr. Tambourine Man won't be playing any more songs at Madden's on Gull Lake. He's decided it's time to check out.
The Minnesota Department of Health has been awarded a $1.6 million grant for an in-depth study of Minnesota's remaining uninsured population.
Navy changes its account of attack on USS Cole
WASHINGTON -- The Navy Friday gave a new account of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole, saying the destroyer had already moored and was refueling when it was approached by a small boat laden with explosives in Yemen Oct. 12.
Man without a country stuck in Houston lockup
HOUSTON -- Jamal Rashid has no passport, no birth certificate, no driver's license and no record of employment. In decades of moving through a half dozen countries, he left no trace.
Term-limit loyalists keep promise, will head home
WASHINGTON -- Living up to their promise to abide by self-imposed term limits, seven House members are heading home after some tumultuous years in the Capitol during which they helped slash the deficit, overthrow their own leader and nearly unseat the president.
School gunman figures in Oregon election
SALEM, Ore. -- Kip Kinkel, the teen-ager who killed his parents and two schoolmates in 1998, has emerged as a central figure in the debate over an Oregon ballot measure that would reduce the sentences of thousands of inmates.
Two killed, two injured as plane crashes onto Ohio highway
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- A single-engine plane crashed onto an interstate highway in Ohio, killing two and injuring two others on board, the State Highway Patrol said.
New York, New York
Saturday, Oct. 21
'They're still paying me to kick a ball'
EDEN PRAIRIE -- The NFL scoring record soon will belong to a guy who came to the United States to kick a ball of another size and shape.
NHL: Keep those sticks down
Andy VanHellemond and his officials have been busy.
How they compare
BUFFALO (3-3) AT MINNESOTA (6-0)
Lasorda remains Valentine's biggest fan
NEW YORK -- Tom Lasorda spoke cautiously Thursday because the Dodgers are seeking a manager, Bobby Valentine is unsigned and the New York Mets are watching.
Sharks feast on penalty killing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Like most NHL teams this season, San Jose is taking more penalties. Like few teams this season, the Sharks are also killing more penalties.
The commissioner's office is investigating comments Seattle manager Lou Piniella made last weekend after the Yankees' Roger Clemens threw inside to Mariners star Alex Rodriguez. Piniella pretty much admitted Paul Abbott deliberately threw a pitch over the head of Yankees catcher Jorge Posada the following inning.
Delgado is baseball's new salary king
Carlos Delgado soared past Roger Clemens and became baseball's highest-paid player on Friday, agreeing to a record $68 million, four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Big Apple braces for Subway Series
NEW YORK (AP) -- All over the city, it was clear: The Yankees and Mets were on a collision course.
The AP looks at the 29 NBA teams for '00-'01
Golota quits after two rounds
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Mike Tyson was angry and had to be restrained.
Roy keeps winning, Turco gets first
The winningest goalie in league history added to his total, while the leader in NCAA history got his first taste of NHL success.
Brunell comes to Coughlin's defense
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Criticized for insisting on keeping the role of offensive coordinator while his team struggles, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin got support Thursday from his quarterback, Mark Brunell.
The dream for Torre started with perfection 44 years ago
NEW YORK -- Sitting in the bleachers watching the Yankees and Dodgers in October of 1956 was a 16-year-old who would come to symbolize the next Subway Series 44 years later, although Joseph Paul Torre seemed an unlikely candidate.
Section 8, Class 5A
Fox ready for unique World Series
NEW YORK -- The Subway Series will draw grand memories from
Loaded out West, least in NBA's East
The NBA looks like two leagues now, the A-league known as the Western Conference and the rec league known as the East.
Is this the week the Rams slow down?
Forget the Subway Series, at least in Missouri.
Suns beat Timberwolves in Fargo
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Shawn Marion scored 23 points and Phoenix held the Minnesota Timberwolves to 32.9 percent shooting in the Suns' 86-77 preseason victory Friday night.
Vikings handle overhaul better than Bills
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Changes had to be made. Buffalo knew it. Minnesota knew it. The salary cap demanded it.
National sports briefs
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Nancy Scranton used another dazzling iron display to take a two-stroke lead over Australian star Karrie Webb in the AFLAC Champions.
PINE RIVER -- James Martin, 72, Pine River, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, as a result of a traffic accident.
Douglas H. Kirkham Sr.
BEMIDJI -- Douglas H. Kirkham Sr., 71, Bemidji, formerly of Nisswa, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, in North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji.
Margaretta A. Scarpellini
CROSBY -- Margaretta Ann (Lamphere) Scarpellini, 58, Crosby, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center.
Hildegarde A. Garro
Hildegarde A. Garro, 92, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at the Crosby Care Center.
Dorothy M. Hammer
Dorothy M. Hammer, 84, Brainerd and formerly of Manhattan Beach, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Darlene D. Krawiecki
LITTLE FALLS -- Darlene D. Krawiecki, 59, Little Falls, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center of Little Falls.
Patrick L. Lodermeier
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Patrick L. Lodermeier, 71, Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Royalton, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at the University of Iowa Hospital of complications following a stroke.
Carl Yde, 89, Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Rev. Donald Schorsch
Rev. Donald Schorsch, 65, Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center as a result of cancer.
News council can help
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Safe place - Dispatch Editorial
Desperate parents of newborns can sometimes make the wrong decision.
City voters have big decision to make
On Nov. 7 the Brainerd citizens will be voting on a $7 million bond referendum. The city council wants to remodel and expand city hall. They also want to construct a new public safety building. This project calls for demolishing the present fire station and the water and light building on West Laurel Street. They also want to close East River Road, north of Laurel Street, to Front Street.
Why not try two presidents?
Political polls can be interpreted just about any which way you want, but one point seems to consistently surface in the pollsters' presidential race data -- Most women prefer Vice President Al Gore while most men prefer Gov. George W. Bush.
Intangibles play a big role in election
WASHINGTON -- Presidential campaigns often have moments when voters pick up on a politician's "intangibles" and get a strong feeling whether they are right for the times.
An open letter to Sen. Tony Kinkel and candidate Floyd Frank:
Finding the perfect fitting shotgun
Many hunters and recreational shooters don't spend much time choosing their shotguns. We use one that's been in the family for years, or go with a friend's recommendation. Sometimes we choose a gun simply because we like the way it looks.
Learning the basics of shooting
GRAND RAPIDS -- Shooting a shotgun is more easily mastered if good instruction accompanies the first attempt.
Blanding's turtles get around
During the past 10 years I have been coordinating a series of nongame wildlife segments for the PBS television program, "Venture North." The intent is to show a sampling of the many diverse projects being carried out with donations Minnesota taxpayers make to the Nongame Wildlife Program (Chickadee Checkoff) on their income and property forms.
Deer registration stations
Area Deer Registration Stations
The man who brought sporting clays to America
Jay Herbert brought sporting clays to America in 1983. The game is popular because it offers hunters realistic practice for gamebird shooting. But Herbert never suspected it would spread from a single course in Houston to all 50 states.
Jessica Beard and Jeremy Johnson were married July 15, 2000, at Agape Christian Center of Brainerd with Pastor Russell Kalenberg officiating.
Hunting isn't about killing, it's about traditions
Not far from here is a small hill in a hay field where I was lucky enough to shoot a buck. It wasn't big, but it was a handsome deer with a nice set of forked horns. I've shot other bucks but this one may be the most memorable.
New motorized duck decoys stir debate
DULUTH (AP) -- They are the closest thing to a duck magnet that anyone has seen in decades, according to hunters who have used them.
Amanda Amundson and Scott Cook were married July 29, 2000, at Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes with Pastor Dan Doughty officiating.
Tami McGrady and Matt Scott announce their engagement. Parents are John and Sherry McGrady, Randall, and Bob and Mary Scott, Garrison. A Dec. 2 wedding is planned at Assemby of God Church of Little Falls.
Six generations recently gathered in March for Nora Johnson's 108th birthday party were Jacob John Harley Morgan, son; Kristina L. Morgan, mother; Cheri J. Morgan, grandmother; John R. Morgan, great-grandfather; Mildred Morgan, great-great-grandmother; and Nora Johnson, great-great-great-grandmother.
Victoria Evers and Joseph Johnson were married July 29, 2000, at the Dillon Chapel in Dillon, S.C.
Leonard and Christene Skillings will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary on Oct. 26. They were married at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
Penny Trobec and Jim Satre were married Aug. 19, 2000, at Gardenview Estates in Troutdale, Ore., with the Rev. Don Voeks officiating.
Jana Baier and Guy Minske were married June 24, 2000, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Brainerd with Father Paul Fruth officiating.
Hazel Amic, Brainerd, will celebrate her retirement with a dinner party beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Moose Lodge in Brainerd.
Jessica Marie Reeder and John Carmen Sampona Jr. were married Sept. 29, 2000, at the Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd with Court Adminisrator Darrell Paske officiating.
Mr. and Mrs. George Brancato celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 21. They were married at the MCAS Chapel in El Toro, Calif.
Kristine Clark and Aaron Johnson were married Aug. 19, 2000, at the home of Aaron Johnson in Fargo, N.D., by a justice of the peace.
Julie Catherine Carlson and Douglas Lane Hauschild announce their engagement. Parents are James and Sandra Carlson, Staples, and Ardean and Darlene Hauschild, Dumont.
House GOP seeking long-term health care tax break compromise with Clinton
WASHINGTON -- Striving for a last-minute election-year accomplishment, House Republicans are negotiating with President Clinton on tax breaks to help people pay for long-term care for the elderly and disabled as well as their own insurance premiums.
Gore and his agenda run up against Clinton questions
NEW ORLEANS -- On a day when he wanted to keep political attention focused on Social Security, Vice President Al Gore found himself Friday defending the distance that has emerged between his campaign and the White House.
Gore has cash advantage over Bush, but RNC money waiting in wings
WASHINGTON -- For the second month in a row, Vice President Gore has reported a cash advantage over his Republican opponent as the presidential race enters the final decision-making weeks.
Dayton still holds lead over Grams, says recent Minnesota Poll
DFL U.S. Senate candidate Mark Dayton still leads Republican Sen. Rod Grams less than three weeks from Election Day, according to a recent Minnesota Poll.
Third-party candidates take shots at no-shows at debate Friday night
WASHINGTON -- With four empty lecterns bearing the names of Bush, Gore, Nader and Buchanan, a presidential debate Friday night was more about who wasn't there than who was.
McCain joins Bush belatedly on the stump
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The plan was for George W. Bush to return Friday morning to New Hampshire, where John McCain clobbered him in the Republican presidential primary -- but this time with the maverick senator, the magnet for independent voters, at his side.
WASHINGTON -- Gerald Ford, klutz. George Bush, goofy smile and a thousand points of light. Bob Dole, cranky. Bill Clinton, McDonald's glutton.
Hasskamp, Walz differ on necessity of full-time legislator
Whether the House District 12A representative should be a full-time legislator was one of several issues Republican Dale Walz and Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, differed on Friday night in a televised debate.
Koering, Samuelson tangle over pork
Challenger Paul Koering and Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, differed sharply on several issues in a televised debate Friday night.
Senate hopefuls banter at Breezy
BREEZY POINT -- Political jabs, humor and educational priorities highlighted a one-hour debate between the trio of U.S. Senate candidates Friday night.
Nader won't back down
ORANGE, Calif. -- Even as former allies pleaded with him to encourage his supporters to back Vice President Al Gore, Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader continued swinging at both Democrats and Republicans while campaigning Friday through Southern California.
Grams challenges Dayton to release documents detailing antiwar activity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn., challenged DFL opponent Mark Dayton Friday to release his Freedom of Information documents after Dayton said he had contributed money during the Vietnam War to a Black Panthers legal defense fund.
Mayfield learning how to win a championship
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Jeremy Mayfield is a little bit envious as he watches Bobby Labonte close in one his first Winston Cup championship.
Schumacher takes pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix
SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) -- Michael Schumacher isn't slowing down even though he's already clinched the Formula One world title.
C-I coach dreams up a new conference
Under the dictionary entry for common sense it says "native good judgment." It's a noun that means it's a thing someone possesses and hopefully uses during times of decisions.
Warriors receive top seed Road to Metrodome starts here Tuesday against Apollo
The high school football regular season is over and the cliche that everyone's record reverts to 0-0 can be heard across the state as teams prepare for the march to the Metrodome.
Area events Saturday
High School Football
Local sports shorts
Phil Market of Nisswa placed fifth in the 65-69 year old, 207 pound International Weightlifting Federation World Masters competition in Orlando, Fla.
Maki steps in as W-DC activities director
WADENA -- Brian Maki has held many different positions in three school districts but one constant has been his involvement in athletics.
Huskies post win
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Tyler Arnason and Mark Hartigan each had a goal and an assist as St. Cloud State went down 1-0, then scored three unanswered goals to beat Bemidji State 3-1 on Friday.
Make your own kind of music
Gee golly, Lou, enough of this IP stuff already! What the heck can we do with our broadband connection?
A pixel's worth a thousand words as digital photography takes off
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Forget that old film camera. It's a pixel that's worth a thousand words these days as more and more consumers become familiar with the advantages of digital photography and prices for the advancing technology drop.
Web-based education doesn't always click
The mind boggles at the profusion of Internet sites devoted to education. Nearly every day I get a call from a public relations person "touching bases" on a new and dazzling World Wide Web service, often profit-seeking but usually free to parents, teachers and students.
Hard-disk times at TV recording
What do you call someone who has recorded the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, "Sessions at West 54th," "Austin City Limits," Hitchcock's "Saboteur," the season premiere of "The West Wing" and a variety pack of "The Simpsons" without using an inch of videotape?
Behind-the-scenes players moving to the forefront of the Web
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) -- To an outsider, the nerve center of Intira Corp.'s headquarters looks a lot like Mission Control at NASA or even the War Room at the Pentagon.
NFL Films Webcasting football analysis, highlight shows
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- If companies across the country start to notice a dip in productivity some afternoons, they can blame NFL Films.
Hill of leaves
Weather drawing by Anthony Brown of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
We would like to thank County Market and Cub Foods for their great brats and Coke service they have every summer. The customers love it and the non-profits who operate it have a wonderful opportunity to raise money for their favorite cause. We were raising money to purchase wheelchairs for our patients.
What's doing events
Bill Wroolie, Brainerd, was recently elected to the office of National Junior Vice Commander of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) at the National Convention held in N
Ex-sergeant pleads guilty in embassy blasts
NEW YORK -- A former Army sergeant pleaded guilty Friday to helping plot the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, admitting he joined terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and others in a holy war to kill Americans anywhere they could be found.
Military suffers heavy losses in Colombia fighting
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's military suffered stinging blows in three days of heavy fighting against guerrillas, with 54 soldiers and police dead and a U.S.-built army helicopter downed by suspected rebel fire, officials said Friday.
Leaders say they revitalized European-Asia relations
SEOUL, South Korea -- European and Asian leaders on Saturday said they had injected new vigor into their neglected partnership at a summit where the main message was one of support for reconciliation between North and South Korea.
Palestinians bury dead; new clashes in West Bank, Gaza
NABLUS, West Bank -- Led by masked gunmen, tens of thousands of Palestinians marched Saturday behind the flag-draped bodies of four members of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement killed in a firefight with Israeli troops a day earlier.
Ebola death toll rises to 51 in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in northern Uganda has risen to 51, an official said Saturday as health workers continued to search for anyone who may have come into contact with the highly contagious and deadly virus.
Lethal alcohol kills 119 people across El Salvador
SAN VICENTE, El Salvador (AP) -- Antonio Lopez Maldonado thanks God he is merely blind -- the liquor that robbed him of his sight has killed 119 people across El Salvador in the last three weeks, dozens in San Vicente alone.
Arab leaders say they won't abandon peace amid Mideast violence
CAIRO, Egypt -- At an Arab summit held amid outrage at violence that has killed scores of Palestinians, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak blamed Israel on Saturday for bringing the peace process to a standstill, but said Arabs would not abandon the path of negotiations.
Former British Columbia premier facing fraud charges
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A former premier of British Columbia has been charged with fraud and breach of trust for allegedly helping a friend get a license to open a casino, police said.
Mexico City disco fire kills 20; survivors say way out barred
MEXICO CITY -- With flames and smoke filling a glitzy Mexico City nightclub, terrified patrons fled for the sole exit -- only to find guards barring the way to some, demanding they first pay their bills, survivors said. The blaze killed 20 people, and injured two dozen more.
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