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General News Archive - August 27, 2008

By From news reports President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, defying pressure from the West, announced Tuesday that Moscow had decided to recognize two rebel regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as independent states.

By Alan Levin A computer system that tracks aircraft flight plans failed Tuesday, triggering hundreds of flight delays across the East and the Midwest. It's unclear why the system failed. Officials said Tuesday night that they are investigating the cause.

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Tbilisi, 27 August: The US warship Dallas loaded with [humanitarian] cargo for internally displaced persons [IDPs] from the Tskhinvali Region entered the Batumi port on Wednesday morning [27 August].

By Susan Page DENVER -- Barack Obama had a lot riding on Hillary Rodham Clinton's convention speech Tuesday night. So did Clinton. In the opening lines of her keenly awaited address, she delivered the sort of full-throated endorsement that the Obama team wanted.

By Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Hurricane Gustav dumped torrential rains across southern Haiti on Tuesday, killing at least one man and threatening crops amid protests over high food prices. Oil prices rose on fears the storm could batter oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Ben Walker Associated Press NEW YORK -- Ana Ivanovic raised her racket, ready for an easy overhead slam in what was shaping up as an easy match. Then she somehow spiked the ball right into the net from just a few feet away. Out of whack lately because of an injured right thumb, the world No.

By Harry R. Weber Associated Press ATLANTA -- An electronic communication failure Tuesday at a Federal Aviation Administration facility that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. caused mass delays around the country. The Northeast was hardest hit.

By Lee Davidson and Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News DENVER -- Hillary Clinton moved Tuesday to heal the final wounds lingering from her long battle with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nod and issued a heartfelt plea for her supporters to shift their passion for her to him.

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Mets' beleaguered bullpen blew another one. Chris Coste hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a 7-0 deficit to beat the Mets 8-7 on Tuesday night and retake the lead in the NL East.

Text of report by Qatari government-funded, pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 26 August [Unidentified Al Jazeera announcer] Well, we're going back to one of our developing stories now, and the hijacking of a plane in Sudan.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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