General News Archive - July 02, 2008

CHICAGO _ June didn't bust out all over for the auto industry. It just went bust. Though it's usually one of the strongest sales months, this June was the industry's worst in 17 years, according to figures reported Tuesday.

WASHINGTON _ Courting evangelicals and other religious voters, Barack Obama called Tuesday for an expansion of President Bush's initiative distributing federal aid to church-based groups that provide social services.


Jittery traders pushed oil prices to a record of almost $141 per barrel Tuesday amid saber-rattling in the Middle East and warnings of a third global "oil shock" like those of the 1970s.

By Kent Babb, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 2--OMAHA, Neb. -- Natalie Coughlin could have been better. Ask her. She'll say the same thing. "It wasn't my prettiest of swims," she said. She was slow on the turns, as usual. She mentioned that, too. Hey, the 100-meter backstroke is her weakness.

By Vicki Michaelis OMAHA -- The pace at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Tuesday was so fast that a world silver medalist and former world-record holder were left in the wake.

By Kathy Kiely Barack Obama, arguing that it makes sense for the federal government to join with religious organizations to solve social problems, said Tuesday that he wants to continue President Bush's initiative to promote "faith-based" social welfare programs.

By Chris Hawley CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Sen. John McCain arrived Tuesday night in Colombia to promote a free-trade agreement he says would bolster a key ally in the war on drugs but has stalled in Congress.

By Sharon Silke Carty DETROIT -- June auto sales weren't as bad as some predicted, but the situation facing the automakers remains grim: Buyers want gas-miser cars, and not even car-heavy Toyota has enough of those to satisfy demand.

By Christine Byersand Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 2--Nicholas Sheley walked into Bindy's Bar in Granite City shortly after 6 p.m.

By Malcolm Gay New York Times News Service ST. LOUIS -- An Illinois man who was wanted in a rampage that left eight people dead across Illinois and Missouri was captured Tuesday night, authorities said.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).