General News Archive - August 29, 2006

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - A weakened Tropical Storm Ernesto drenched Cuba on Monday and headed for the Florida Straits, where it could regain some strength and hit south Florida a year after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States needs broader access to information about passengers boarding transatlantic flights that is being restricted by European privacy concerns, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff wrote on Tuesday in The Washington Post.

By Andy Sullivan ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A long-suffering commuter fulfilled the dreams of generations of Washingtonians on Tuesday morning when he blew up a detested Potomac River bridge.

By Steve Ginsburg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andre Agassi's retirement will have to wait a little longer after the eight-times grand slam winner battled to a 6-7 7-6 7-6 6-2 victory over Romania's Andrei Pavel in the U.S. Open first round on Monday.

By Caren Bohan GULFPORT, Mississippi (Reuters) - One year after Hurricane Katrina battered the U.S. Gulf Coast and his political standing, President George W. Bush acknowledged on Monday that a complete recovery was still a long way off.

By Steve Robrahn LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Reuters) - The co-pilot who was at the controls of the Comair commuter jet that crashed off the wrong runway and killed 49 people may have been confused by changes in the airport's runway lights, aviation experts said on Monday.

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Reuters) - A small plane crashed on Monday in rugged southeastern Kentucky and killed all seven people aboard, a day after Sunday's fatal airliner crash in Lexington, Kentucky, aviation authorities said.

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will see the destruction in southern Lebanon at first hand on Tuesday when he visits the area during a Middle East tour designed to cement a truce between Israel and Hizbollah.

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto was moving toward south Florida on Tuesday -- the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- after soaking Cuba with heavy rain.

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan flew to south Lebanon on Tuesday to see the devastated region where up to 13,000 extra U.N. peacekeepers are mandated to bolster a two-week-old truce between Israel and Hizbollah.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.