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General News Archive - July 17, 2008

By Marc Wehrs, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 17--Packers fans can't quite let go of Brett Favre. That's what the comments and poll responses at www.lacrossetribune.com are saying.

Pope Benedict XVI Thursday called the Australian government courageous for apologizing for past injustices suffered by the nation's indigenous peoples.

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Jul. 17--GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Early in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden's driver voluntarily led U.S. forces on a tour of al Qaeda turf, pointing out terror group safe houses, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

By Mike Aitken PADRAIG Harrington has only given himself a 75 per cent chance of being fit enough at Royal Birkdale this morning to defend the Open championship he won in a play-off with Sergio Garcia at Carnoustie last summer.

By Nanci Hellmich New research shows that dieters who followed a low-carbohydrate diet lost and kept off about 12 pounds over two years, losing more than others on a Mediterranean or restricted-fat diet.

By Christine Brennan Talk to any retired professional athlete and he or she is more than willing to tell you about the void. Or, written more accurately: The Void. It materializes at different times in different sports.

From wire reports CHICAGO The Rev. Jesse Jackson used a racial slur during a break in a TV interview in which he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama, Fox News confirmed Wednesday.

By William Glaberson Salim Hamdan moved slowly to the witness chair. A former driver for Osama bin Laden, Hamdan is scheduled to become next week the first detainee to go on trial at Guantanamo and the first person in decades to face a U.S. war crimes trial.

By Isabel Kershner New York Times News Service ROSH HANIKRA, Israel -- Without pomp but with modest ceremony, Israel on Wednesday somberly brought home the bodies of two of its soldiers in black coffins, part of a long-awaited prisoner exchange with the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday to pay final respects to Israeli Sgt. Maj. Eldad Regev whose body was returned in a prisoner swap. Thousands more were reported on hand the day before for the funeral of Sgt. Maj.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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