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General News Archive - June 17, 2008

TIGER WOODS, in agony and in danger it seemed of having to pull out of the US Open last Friday, completed a simply staggering victory yesterday.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS URUMQI, China - The Olympic torch started its relay route Tuesday through China's restive western region of Xinjiang amid cheering crowds and heavy security.

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Military lawyers warned against the harsh detainee interrogation techniques approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2002, contending in separate memos weeks before Rumsfeld's endorsement that they could be illegal, a Senate panel has found.

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Dozens of gay couples were married Monday after a historic ruling making California the second state to allow same-sex nuptials went into effect.

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Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point. Violence is down, armed extremists are in disarray, government confidence is rising and sectarian communities are gearing up for a battle at the polls rather than slaughter in the streets.

Afghanistan troops are reportedly planning an operation to retake several Kandahar province villages that have been seized by Taliban militants.

By ALLEN G BREED By Allen G. Breed The Associated Press OAKVILLE, Iowa The floodwaters that deluged much of Iowa have done more than knock out drinking water and destroy homes. They also have spread a noxious brew of sewage, farm chemicals and fuel that could sicken anyone who wades in.

By Mike Swift, Mary Anne Ostrom and, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jun. 17--The historic, controversial moment came at 5:01 p.m.

Local police say the militants are destroying bridges and laying mines in the Arghandab district in preparation for a battle with Afghan and NATO forces.Several thousand villagers are understood to have fled the area and the police have mounted an operation to stop and search every person travelling on the east side of the Arghandab River.

U.S. producers paid 1.4 percent more for finished goods in May, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. The figure was a sharp jump over the 0.2 percent price rise producers experienced in April. In May, prices for intermediate goods rose 2.9 percent, following a 0.9 percent gain in April.

Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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