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General News Archive - July 19, 2008

By Kyle McCarthy and Dave Wedge, Boston Herald Jul. 19--New England Revolution executives became high-sky patriots yesterday when they intervened as a distraught man who stripped naked tried to open an emergency door during a flight from Boston to Los Angeles, officials said.

By Jack Torry, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul.

By Lindsay Wise, Dane Schiller and Rosanna Ruiz, Houston Chronicle Jul. 19--Hidden among hundreds of tons of steel that crashed to the ground when a massive crane collapsed at a Houston refinery and killed four workers are clues that could now help investigators determine what went wrong.

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President Bush agreed to "a general time horizon" for withdrawing American troops in Iraq, the White House announced Friday, in a concession that reflected both progress in stabilizing Iraq and the depth of political opposition to an open-ended military presence in Iraq and at home.

Presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, beginning a trip to assess the U.S. war effort there. Sen. Obama, D-Ill., touched down in Kabul at noon Saturday local time, his campaign told reporters.

By Doug Ferguson Tiger Woods on crutches was supposed to be a chance for someone else to seize the spotlight at the British Open. Greg Norman wasn't the guy anyone had in mind. Neither was David Duval. Indeed, Royal Birkdale proved to be fertile ground for fairy tales Friday. K.J.

The Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia Pope Benedict XVI apologized today to victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, describing their acts as "evil" and a grave betrayal of trust.

By MONICA RHOR By Monica Rhor The Associated Press HOUSTON One of the nation's largest mobile cranes collapsed at a Houston oil refinery Friday, killing four workers and injuring seven others in the latest of several fatal accidents that have raised concerns about the safety of construction cranes.

Text of commentary by Mehdi Mohammadi under the headline: "In preparation for justification" published by Iranian newspaper Keyhan website on 17 July "Making efforts to make up for a political debacle through the vehicle of media noise and hype" is the best description that one can give to the behaviour of the Americans vis--vis the Iranian nuclear programmes in the last two weeks or so.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie checked out of a hospital in the French city of Nice Saturday, a week after giving birth to twins, a hospital spokesman says.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.