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General News Archive - September 07, 2005

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry won final passage on Tuesday in the California Assembly, marking the first time a state legislature in the United States has endorsed gay marriage.

By Simon Cambers NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open is set to come alive on Wednesday night when Andre Agassi takes on James Blake in an all-American quarter-final clash that even Hollywood might have rejected as being too fanciful. Agassi, at 35, is bidding to become the oldest U.S.

By Mark Egan NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans police say they will step up efforts on Wednesday to make Hurricane Katrina's survivors leave the dangerously unsanitary city, as a political storm grows over disorganized relief efforts for a disaster with a death toll believed to be in the thousands.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The head of a year-long investigation into Iraqi oil-for-food program intends to fault both Secretary-General Kofi Annan and members of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday for allowing Saddam Hussein to corrupt the operation for personal gain.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen dragged ex-security chief Moussa Arafat from his Gaza home and shot him dead in the street on Wednesday, fanning fears of Palestinian turmoil ahead of Israel's final troop pullout from the occupied territory.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants dragged former security chief Moussa Arafat from his Gaza home and shot him dead in the street on Wednesday, deepening internal turmoil ahead of Israel's military pullout from the territory.

By Michael Peltier BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Health officials are shifting their focus from trauma care to public health and infectious disease as concerns grow about polluted standing water in the flooded streets of New Orleans.

By Kevin Krolicki LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pick your cataclysm: A tsunami washes over Miami. A massive quake rips Los Angeles. Or the volcano under Yellowstone erupts, spewing ash across America and ushering in a new Ice Age.

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. police face a "hell of a task" to identify thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims left rotting in heat and humidity similar to the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, a top forensic expert said on Wednesday.

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Robert Redford's new film teams him with last year's Oscar winner Morgan Freeman as two grumpy old men whose lives are jolted by the arrival of a bruised and angry young woman.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'