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Business News Archive - November 01, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, the change to Eastern Standard Time is also a good time to get ready for West Virginia's upcoming change to local 10-digit dialing.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VeraSun Energy Corporation , one of the nation's largest ethanol producers announced today the Company and 24 of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the U.S.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Cabinet allies are poised to approve a controversial new runway for Heathrow Airport in London, sources say.

An Italian investors group negotiating to rescue Alitalia Airlines says it will continue talking with unions despite the passing of a self-imposed deadline.

Canadian anti-terrorism officials are investigating the third bombing in three weeks of a natural gas pipeline in remote areas of British Columbia.

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US ethanol producer Verasun Energy says it has declared bankruptcy after sustaining huge losses on the corn futures market.

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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