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General News Archive - June 18, 2008

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Opening America's coastal waters to oil drilling, as John McCain urged in an address Tuesday, is unlikely to provide Americans with more oil for at least seven to 10 years. That's the estimate from the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry trade group.

BOSTON _ This was always the Boston Celtics' ace in the hole. They would have preferred not having to use it, but there was comfort in knowing it was there if they needed it. It was, in the end, an ace all the way.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared on television for the first time in five months.

By Steve Buckley, Boston Herald Jun. 18--The only thing missing was William "The Refrigerator" Perry plunging into the end zone for a touchdown. You remember that one, right? It was that one-sided for the Celtics last night at the Garden.

By Jon Saraceno BOSTON -- Somewhere upstairs, the ol' Redster wore a green robe, an unlit cigar clenched in his mouth. No doubt Red Auerbach, late architect of the original Boston dynasty, was joyful: His beloved Celtics have returned from pro basketball's dead.

Text of report by state-owned National Afghanistan Radio on 17 June Though around 300 to 400 Taleban fighters have gathered in two areas in Arghandab District of Kandahar Province, the National Defence Ministry officials have reported the deployment of fresh troops to Kandahar Province.

A human rights group accused the U.S. government of committing war crimes in a report alleging torture on several terrorist suspects in U.S. custody.

By Leonard Doyle John McCain has outraged environmentalists by demanding a return to offshore oil drilling in Florida and California, where it has been banned for the past 27 years.

By Deb Kelly, The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind. Jun. 18--A Terre Haute man accused of snatching $17 out of the hands of a young lemonade stand operator on Monday faced a judge Tuesday on allegations of felony robbery.

By NOOR KHAN By Noor Khan and Jason Straziuso The Associated Press ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan Taliban fighters destroyed bridges and planted mines after overrunning villages outside southern Afghanistan's largest city, Afghan officials and witnesses said.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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