General News Archive - August 29, 2008

By Paul Newman Winning her first Grand Slam tournament was meant to be the making of Ana Ivanovic, but the 20-year-old Serb's summer went from bad to worse last night when she was knocked out of the US Open by a qualifier.

Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign Thursday said Barack Obama made a "misleading speech" in his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in Denver.

By David Jackson DAYTON, Ohio -- Republican John McCain will appear with his running mate today and kick off a weekend tour of battleground states that leads into the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. "He has made his selection," campaign spokesman Taylor Griffin said.

By Susan Page DENVER -- The people who preceded Barack Obama on stage Thursday night weren't well known or smooth-talking. They were six regular folks (all of whom happened to hail from battleground states) with concerns about the country's direction and complaints about its impact on their lives.

By Rick Jervis and Donna Leinwand NEW ORLEANS -- As Gustav threatened to pack a wallop, local leaders and emergency workers unfurled plans and readied evacuation tactics Thursday to avoid a repeat of the deadly mistakes that preceded Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

By Jon Swartz SAN FRANCISCO -- After appearing to rebound from financial woes the past few years, Dell has stumbled again. The No. 2 PC maker reported a 17% dip in second-quarter earnings, the victim of slackening corporate sales in Western Europe and Asia and restructuring charges.

By David L. Stern Andrew E. Kramer contributed reporting from Moscow. * Russia suffered a significant setback here Thursday as members of a regional security group in which the Kremlin plays an important role offered little support for Moscow's military action in Georgia.

By Adam Nagourney Brian Knowlton, Kitty Bennett, John M. Broder and Janet Elder contributed reporting.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A former Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in a first-of-its-kind federal trial that ended with some of the jurors shaking hands and hugging the defendant and his sobbing mother.

By Bob Bernick Jr. and Lee Davidson Deseret News DENVER -- Barack Obama reached for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Dream" Thursday night, telling Americans that we are a better people than seen these last eight years of the Bush administration.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.