General News Archive - July 13, 2008


Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush's press secretary, died today of colon cancer. He was 53.

By Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 13--JOLIET, Ill. -- Kyle Busch couldn't have predicted this, and Joe Gibbs wouldn't have dared.

JOLIET, Ill. _ Another race ended with Jimmie Johnson being close instead of being the closer.

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MORE than 200,000 pilgrims will descend on Sydney today to see the Pope. He is due to arrive for a Catholic youth festival in the Australian capital for the six-day World Youth Day event. Pope Benedict XVI, left, will lead prayers on Thursday. (c) 2008 Sunday Mail; Glasgow (UK).

By Skip Myslenski, Chicago Tribune Jul. 13--The catcalls and the boos bombarded Kyle Busch when he was introduced on Saturday night. This was expected. He is one of those drivers so many love to hate, a character whose personality so many find off-putting.

North Korea says South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's government isn't interested in improving increasingly chilly relations between the neighbors.

By Kathy Marks Allegations that a priest sex scandal was covered up and a row about civil liberties threaten to blight six-day Sydney festival Pope Benedict XVI flies into Australia today for the longest trip yet of his three-year papacy, to be greeted by a row about civil liberties and a sexual abuse scandal embroiling the country's highest-ranked Roman Catholic cleric.


Nearly three out of five middle-class retirees will probably run out of money if they maintain their pre-retirement lifestyles, a new study from Ernst & Young has concluded.

Al-Arabiya Television at 1101 gmt on 13 July carries the following announcer-read report over video: "Following a meeting between him and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in the presence of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has stated that the Israelis and the Palestinians are closer to reaching a peace agreement.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'