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General News Archive - June 27, 2008

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An explosion ripped through a gathering of U.S military officials and allied Sunni Muslim tribesmen Thursday, killing three Marines, two interpreters and 20 Iraqis in the rural western town of Karmah, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said.

North Korea Friday took another step in giving up its nuclear weapons program with plans to blow up the cooling tower of its main nuclear plant.

By Mike Wereschagin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 27--It took a little over 200 years, but the Supreme Court on Thursday said what Wayne Lykens has been saying all along: Banning guns is unconstitutional.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) - South Korea's political parties on Friday welcomed North Korea's scheduled destruction of its nuclear cooling tower, urging the communist regime to completely denuclearize to secure peace on the Korean Peninsula.

By Joan Biskupic and Kevin Johnson WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's historic decision Thursday carving out an individual right to gun ownership immediately cast doubt on gun restrictions nationwide, as firearms-rights advocates prepared to file a new round of lawsuits testing the scope of the ruling.

By Kathy Kiely WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton began campaigning in earnest for her former rival Thursday, urging some of her most passionate supporters to back Barack Obama and then introducing him to some of her key fundraisers.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Yoo Cheong-mo: "Lee's Office Calls Demolition Of N.K.

ZIMBABWE'S Robert Mugabe surprised opponents by declaring he was "open to discussion" with rivals. Mugabe has shown little interest in talks and his government had scoffed at opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's call to work together to form a transitional authority.

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jun. 27--Five hours after more than 2,000 draft-party participants cheered the arrival of new Timberwolf O.J. Mayo, their NBA hometown team made a midnight deal that reshaped its roster.

By Sarah Rothschild, The Miami Herald Jun. 27--NEW YORK -- All the doubts, angst and confusion vanished from Michael Beasley's mind at 7:43 p.m. Thursday.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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