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General News Archive - June 26, 2008

By Diane Jennings, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 26--When Texas' leading politicians called loudly for the death penalty for repeat child rapists last year, they knew there was a good chance the U.S. Supreme Court might find the provision unconstitutional. Legal experts told them so -- repeatedly.

By David Stout The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on Wednesday that sentencing someone to death for raping a child is unconstitutional, assuming that the victim is not killed. "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court.

By Jason Riley HENDERSON, Ky. -- Wesley Neal Higdon called his girlfriend from work Tuesday night to tell her he was going to kill his supervisor.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, June 26 Kyodo - The planned US removal of North Korea from Washington's blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism will not change its stance on the issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals, Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said Thursday.

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World energy demand will grow 50 percent over the next two decades, oil prices could rise to $186 a barrel, and coal will remain the biggest source of electricity, despite its effect on global warming, government experts predict.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap WASHINGTON, June 26 (Yonhap) - The White House said Thursday it welcomes North Korea's nuclear declaration and said it will start taking steps to take the communist country off the US terrorism blacklist.

Japan remained firm Thursday on the issue of the abduction of its nationals by North Korea. Japanese Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said Japn's stand won't change even if the United States removes North Korea from its list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, Kyodo news reported.

By KIM GAMEL By Kim Gamel The Associated Press BAGHDAD Roadside bombs killed four U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, the military said Wednesday, in a spike of violence that pushed to at least nine the number of Americans who have died here this week.

By Vikki Ortiz, Bonnie Miller Rubin and Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune Jun. 26--Despite stricter laws and stern warnings that "we card hard," millions of teenagers are still getting their hands on alcohol.

The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Court declared Wednesday that executions are too severe a punishment for child rape, despite the "years of long anguish" for victims, in a ruling that restricts the death penalty to murder and crimes against the state.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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