General News Archive - August 17, 2008

The Kremlin Sunday said Russian troops would begin withdrawing from neighboring Georgia Monday -- two days after a negotiated ceasefire.

Meteorologists advised tourists in the Florida Keys to evacuate the region as Tropical Storm Fay advanced Sunday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fay could turn into a hurricane by the time it reaches the Keys early Monday. A hurricane watch was posted for as far north as Naples, Fla.

"Tropic Thunder," Ben Stiller's comedy about making a movie about the Vietnam War, debuted at No. 1 in U.S. theaters, Box Office Mojo said Sunday. "Tropic Thunder" grossed an estimated $26 million, knocking "The Dark Knight" from the top spot it had held the previous four weeks.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the Russian government has yet to comply with a cease-fire agreement in Georgia.

By Christopher Torchia Associated Press IGOETI, Georgia -- Russian forces built ramparts around tanks and posted sentries on a hill in central Georgia on Saturday, digging in despite Western pressure for Moscow to withdraw its forces under a cease-fire deal signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Text of report by private Georgian news agency Kavkas-Press Tbilisi, 17 August: Last night, Russian forces left [the village of] Igoeti and occupied positions on heights around [the town of] Gori.

Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards scored a weekend sweep at the Michigan International Speedway Sunday by winning the 3M Performance 400.

By Paul Newberry Associated Press BEIJING -- Cheering from the pool deck, Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games on Sunday to become the grandest of Olympic champions.

By Brian Skoloff Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. -- Residents and tourists in the Florida Keys prepared Saturday for Tropical Storm Fay, which forecasters said could strengthen to a hurricane and begin battering the island chain as soon as Monday. Florida Gov.

Word of the Day
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.