General News Archive - August 11, 2008


Something as subtle as a typo in the name Baraak Obama could undermine the next election.

By LARRY MARGASAK By Larry Margasak The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Homeland Security Department swept aside evaluations of government experts and named Mississippi - home to powerful U.S.

By LARRY DORMAN By Larry Dorman The New York Times BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. Padraig Harrington made more history than even he realized at Oakland Hills Country Club on Sunday when he snatched the 90th PGA Championship from Sergio Garcia's grasp and refused to let go.

From wire reports BEIJING By a fingertip, Michael Phelps is still on course for eight gold medals. He can thank Jason Lezak for getting him No. 2. The oldest man on the U.S.

By BETH DUFF-BROWN By Beth Duff-Brown The Associated Press BEIJING Police investigating the stabbing death of the father of a former U.S. Olympian said Sunday the suspect was distraught over family problems.

By Lindsay McIntosh GEORGIA claimed it had withdrawn its troops from the sudden bloody conflict with Russia last night, ahead of talks to divert an even more serious escalation of conflict in the region.

The war in Georgia isn't about breakaway republic South Ossetia, but the independence and the future of Georgia, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wrote.

At least 33 people, including eight civilians, died in a coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, military officials said Monday.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, perhaps headed for another championship confrontation, advanced Monday in the Olympic tennis tournament. Federer, hoping to win a gold medal for Switzerland in his third Olympics, defeated Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 6-2.

By Mark S. Smith Associated Press BEIJING -- President Bush pressed his Olympic hosts Sunday to permit greater political and religious freedom, warning Chinese leaders they can expect to hear similar blunt talk from his successor.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.