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General News Archive - November 04, 2008

By Jill Lawrence Democrat Barack Obama said months ago that he intended to compete hard in states that Democratic presidential nominees haven't won in decades.

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For Nadine Artemis and Ron Obadia, August began with plans for a family vacation in Minnesota. The vacation ended with the two Canadians being led through Toronto's airport in handcuffs, locked up and separated from their baby. "We were dumbfounded," Artemis says.

Democrat Mark R. Warner was the projected winner Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia against Republican James Gilmore. Democrats in the U.S. Senate watched election returns Tuesday, hoping to push their party closer to the filibuster-proof number of 60.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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