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General News Archive - August 01, 2008

By Ben Clover NASA HAS confirmed that the Phoenix Mars Lander has identified one of the crucial ingredients for life in a soil sample. "We have water," said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, one of the lead scientists monitoring the mission, . "We've now finally touched it and tasted it.

By Ben Clover The former boyfriend of a British teenage girl, parts of whose body were found headless and dismembered in a discarded suitcase, has admitted killing her and photographing her remains on his mobile phone, Brazilian detectives said last night.

By David Usborne JOHN McCAIN has unleashed a withering television commercial interweaving clips of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears with footage of Barack Obama addressing 200,000 Germans in Berlin a week ago in an apparent attempt to portray the Illinois senator as a bimbo celebrity with more smile than substance.

By Rob Bradford, Boston Herald Aug. 1--3:59 p.m. It was at this moment yesterday, one minute before the non-waiver trade deadline, that the Red Sox accomplished their newly annointed first priority -- trade Manny Ramirez.

By Rob Bradford, Boston Herald Aug. 1--3:59 p.m. It was at this moment yesterday, one minute before the non-waiver trade deadline, that the Red Sox accomplished their newly annointed first priority -- trade Manny Ramirez.

By Bob Nightengale The Boston Red Sox, believing that Manny Ramirez was becoming a distraction that could ruin their playoff hopes, traded the disgruntled slugger Thursday to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

By David Jackson and Kathy Kiely WASHINGTON -- So much for "a civil, substantive debate." That's what Barack Obama was predicting when John McCain called on June 4 to congratulate the Democrat on wrapping up his party's nomination.

By Jill Lawrence WASHINGTON -- Americans want their next president to invest in new energy sources and won't penalize a candidate who says they need to change their habits to conserve, according to the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

By Joy Powell, Chao Xiong and Richard Meryhew, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Aug. 1--OWATONNA, Minn. -- As the pilots steered the corporate jet toward the airport here Thursday morning, it looked like they and their passengers had lucked out.

By Liz Sidoti Associated Press WASHINGTON -- John McCain accused Barack Obama of playing politics with race on Thursday, raising the explosive issue after the first black candidate with a serious chance of winning the White House said Republicans will try to scare voters by saying he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." Until now, the subject of race has been almost taboo in the campaign, at least in public, with both sides fearing its destructive force.

Word of the Day
tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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