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General News Archive - December 28, 2005

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese tradition holds 2006 will be a year of bad luck for people born under the sign of the dog, but misfortune has come early for some looking for jobs, state media said on Wednesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Firefighters in Texas and Oklahoma battled wind-fueled wildfires on Tuesday that burned homes and cars and forced one small town to evacuate residents.

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is spending part of his Christmas holiday reading about the post-presidential years of Theodore Roosevelt and the lives of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The executive board of New York's Transport Workers Union voted to accept a new contract on Tuesday, the union's leader said, after a dispute that brought the city's subways and buses to a standstill last week.

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes attacked a Palestinian guerrilla group's training base in Lebanon on Wednesday, the army said, after a rocket strike on an Israeli town raised border tension to its highest level in years.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has reported an outbreak of avian influenza in chickens, less than a month after declaring its territory free of the virus, and said it had culled 359 birds as a precautionary measure.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's prime minister will retain key ministers, including those handling economic portfolios, in a new post-election cabinet but has left out some ruling-party veterans, state-owned newspaper al-Ahram said on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police shot dead several prisoners in a shootout on Wednesday at a Baghdad military base after one prisoner grabbed a weapon from a guard, Interior Ministry officials and police sources said. There was confusion over casualty figures.

By Noppawan Bunluesilp BAN NAM KHEM, Thailand (Reuters) - Thousands of illegal migrant workers from Myanmar still dare not search for relatives believed killed in last year's tsunami in Thailand because they fear expulsion.

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police shot dead several prisoners in a shootout on Wednesday at a Baghdad military base after one prisoner grabbed a weapon from a guard and opened fire, Interior Ministry officials and police sources said.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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