General News Archive - November 27, 2004


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Leading Iraqi politicians called Friday for a six-month delay in the Jan. 30 election because of the spiraling violence as U.S.


Shoppers swarmed the nation's malls and stores on Friday, even before the sun rose, to grab early bird deals on hot items like flat-screen TVs and DVD players as the holiday shopping season officially began.


KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's two rivals for power failed in nearly three hours of talks Friday to resolve the political stalemate over who will lead the bitterly divided nation, and opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko told a huge rally that he was insisting on a new election.


CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush declared Friday that charges of voter fraud have cast doubt on the Ukrainian election, and warned that any European-negotiated pact on Iran's nuclear program must ensure the world can verify Tehran's compliance.


CAMP ZAMA, Japan - Free for the first time in nearly four decades, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins sobbed with joy as he was released from a military jail on Saturday after serving 25 days for abandoning his squadron and crossing the border into North Korea in 1965.


TORONTO - A pregnant Julia Roberts was confined to bed last month after experiencing a series of early contractions. The 37-year-old actress is expecting twins - a boy and a girl - in early January.


KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine lawmakers met in special session Saturday to consider a no-confidence vote in the Central Election Commission, the body that oversaw last weekend's disputed presidential run-off that the opposition says was fraudulent and must be redone.


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents attacked and briefly occupied city hall in a town north of Baghdad early Saturday before being driven out by U.S. and Iraqi forces in a firefight that left several rebels dead and one policeman wounded, officials said.


WASHINGTON - Rep. Duncan Hunter says his son, a Marine artillery officer who has served in Iraq, asked him for two favors. One was to fix his Ford Bronco. The other was to stand firm in opposing an intelligence bill that would strip authority from the Pentagon. Hunter didn't repair the Bronco.


RICE LAKE, Wis. - Orange ribbons are tied around the lamp posts on Main Street. Tiny ones flutter from car antennas. A few are stuck on business signs. The slaying of six hunters has saddened virtually this entire community of 8,500. Already one has been laid to rest.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").