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General News Archive - October 17, 2008

By Gary Levin NEW YORK -- John McCain made peace Thursday with David Letterman, three weeks after the presidential candidate drew the comedian's wrath by abruptly canceling an appearance under false pretenses only to head for a sitdown with news anchor Katie Couric.

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- Democrat Barack Obama warned supporters Thursday not to get "cocky" about his lead in polls, while Republican John McCain pressed on with his theme that his rival would raise taxes.

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Thousands of abandoned nets and crab pots remain in Puget Sound in Washington state after five years of efforts to remove them, officials said.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, taking the stand in a Washington courtroom for a second day, Friday denied concealing financial information from the Senate.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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