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Business News Archive - March 27, 2006

The Illinois Supreme Court still has not decided whether it will rehear a case in which it threw out a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA, a court spokeswoman said on Monday.

By Dawn Schuett, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn. Mar. 27--For 10 years, Chad Lewis has traveled the world to investigate and collect stories of places and buildings that seem to be haunted.

U.S. aviation officials on Monday met for talks with Venezuelan authorities to resolve a dispute over international aviation rights after Caracas threatened to suspend flights by U.S. airlines.

By Terry Hillig, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Mar. 27--GRAFTON--Two marina projects in Illinois are about to add more than 200 slips to the Alton Pool, where recreational boating is booming despite increased prices for boats and the fuel that powers them.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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