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By Compiled from wire service reports by Kristen Broman-Worthington and Steven Savides / January 3, 2002



THAT GOT THEIR ATTENTION

In Pretoria, South Africa, a motorist is in huge trouble just for trying to get help changing a flat tire. The scene: after midnight, with his Toyota off to the side of the road and little, if any, passing traffic. So when along came a car, the unidentified driver decided he'd better use his most effective means of flagging it down. Unhappily, he chose a handgun, firing a shot in the general direction of what turned out to be a police cruiser. Bad move. The cops radioed for backup, confiscated the pistol, and arrested him for attempted murder. And, at last report, the tire still hadn't been fixed.

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Top New Years' resolutions: Enjoy life, friends, and family

In another sign of shifting priorities post-Sept. 11, a survey of New Years' resolutions suggests that people are focused on improving their social, as well as physical, well being. This year the perennial favorites - diet and exercise - ranked below vows such as enjoying life and improving relationships. The top pledges, according to a poll sponsored by General Nutrition Centers, are:

1. Enjoy life more

2. Spend more time with friends and family

3. Eat healthily

4. Improve relationships

5. Exercise

6. Manage finances better

7. Manage stress better/Show more patriotism

9. Lose weight

10. Quit a bad habit (such as smoking)

- PRNewswire

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