General News Archive - July 30, 2008

By Jeremy Laurance Health Editor The first of a new class of treatments for Alzheimer's disease has been shown to be more than twice as effective as existing drugs in slowing progression of the condition, scientists said yesterday.

Ron-Ron is about to be gone-gone.

By Drew Brooks, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Jul. 30--More than five weeks after finding Spc. Megan Touma's body in a motel bathtub, Fayetteville police have charged another soldier with her death. Police would not comment on the relationship between Touma and the soldier, Sgt.

By Matt Kelley and Donna Leinwand WASHINGTON -- Ted Stevens, the U.S. Senate's longest-serving Republican and one of its most influential members, was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of failing to disclose more than $250,000 in gifts.

In first reactions to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's extradition by Serbia to the Hague tribunal in the morning of 30 July, Bosnian Serb politicians say that the move will ease tension in the region.

Las Vegas police say they have confiscated a gun belonging to Jerry Lewis that was found in the 82-year-old entertainer's carry- on bag as he prepared to fly to Detroit from Las Vegas.

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- U.S.-backed Iraqi troops sealed off Baqouba and staged house-to-house searches Tuesday as they began a new offensive in Diyala province in the latest bid to clear al-Qaida in Iraq from its last major belt near the capital.

By Robert Jablon Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The strongest earthquake to strike a populated area of Southern California in more than a decade rattled windows and chandeliers, made buildings sway and sent people running into the streets on Tuesday.

U.S. President George Bush signed a housing bill Wednesday that provides relief for homeowners and sets up a rescue plan for federal mortgage guarantors.

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was jailed Wednesday at a U.N. detention cell at The Hague, where he will be tried for war crimes, officials said.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]