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General News Archive - July 04, 2008

By Alan Pattullo ELENA Dementieva has been forced to clarify a comment that appeared to suggest tomorrow's Wimbledon final between sisters Serena and Venus Williams will be decided by a "family decision." The Russian, who was defeated in straight sets by Venus in the first of yesterday's semi-finals, made the remark during her post- match press conference when asked her thoughts on another all- Williams meeting, the seventh time the pair have contested a Grand Slam final.

By David Wood, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 4--WASHINGTON -- In a decision reflecting the shortage of available combat troops, more than 2,000 Marines fighting the Taliban will be kept in Afghanistan 30 days beyond their original seven-month tour, the Marine Corps said yesterday.

By Michelle Kaufman, The Miami Herald Jul. 4--WIMBLEDON, England -- Like many tennis-loving Americans, Venus and Serena Williams will wake up Saturday morning and enjoy Breakfast at Wimbledon.

LEADING ARTICLE COLOMBIA This week's rescue of Colombia's former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages was not merely an operation executed with quite sensational skill.

By Robert Verkaik Law Editor The personal viewing habits and online identities of millions of YouTube users are to be handed over to an American media giant after a court rejected arguments that such a move amounted to a massive invasion of internet privacy.

By PAUL NEWMAN For a while it was the talk of tennis.

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt sees Paris for the first time in six years, flying to Paris Friday after her release from Colombian captors.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Larry Harmon, who turned the character Bozo the Clown into a show business staple that delighted children for more than a half-century, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 83. His publicist, Jerry Digney, told The Associated Press he died at his home.

An unexploded bomb has been found in the Belarusian capital of Minsk near the site of this week's concert bombing, the interior minster said Friday.

By ANICK JESDANUN Lawyers for Google, which owns YouTube, said producing the huge amount of data would be expensive, time-consuming and a threat to users' privacy.

Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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