General News Archive - August 16, 2008

Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva set up an all-Russian Olympic singles final Saturday and Roger Federer finally won a gold medal. Safina overcame a doubles match loss that lasted until 3:35 a.m. the previous night to defeat Li Na of China 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in their semifinals match Saturday.

Russia has agreed to a basic framework for a cease-fire agreement in Georgia, the Kremlin said Saturday.

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won the Olympic gold medal Saturday in men's tennis doubles. Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden received the silver. Americans Mike and Bob Bryan won the bronze.

U.S. President George Bush called on Russia Saturday to honor Georgia's borders and withdraw its troops from its overmatched neighbor.

Tropical Storm Fay was just south of Cuba Saturday afternoon and headed toward Florida with considerable uncertainty about its exact strength and path. The storm could become a hurricane by Monday before it hits Florida, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.