General News Archive - August 31, 2008

By Rupert Cornwell Battle for the White House: The Republican convention After the dazzling Democratic convention, it's the turn of the Republicans.

Chinese authorities Sunday raised the death toll from this weekend's Sichuan earthquake to 25 as hundreds of aftershocks continued to rattle the region.

By The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) - A series of fast-moving thunderstorms packing winds of up to 100 mph plowed through the Phoenix area, leaving tens of thousands without power, damaging several airliners and collapsing a brand-new college football facility.There were no immediate reports of injuries from Thursday's storms, which were a particularly intense episode of Arizona's summer "monsoon" season.About 500 travelers were forced to spend the night at Sky Harbor International Airport, where damage was reported to terminals, cargo areas, electrical systems, jetways and aircraft, spokeswoman Deborah Ostreicher said.The airport was shut down for about an hour during the height of the storm, which dumped up to 1 1/ 2 inches of rain and three-quarter-inch hail in some areas.Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said three of the company's Boeing 737 jets were damaged.


Hurricane Gustav roared toward catastrophic Category 5 strength Saturday, slamming into Cuba's western tip and prompting worried officials to warn that it could exceed the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina as it aims for a projected landfall Monday somewhere in central Louisiana.

ATLANTA, Aug. 31, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) customers booked on flights to, from or through New Orleans and other select destinations may make adjustments to their travel schedule without penalty or fees due to flooding and high winds expected from Hurricane Gustav.

Text of report by state-controlled Russian Channel One TV on 31 August [Presenter] The world must be multi-polar, the Russian president said today. Medvedev arrived in Sochi to hold several international meetings and gave a long interview to journalists from Russia's three major television channels.

By Kelli Kennedy Associated Press MIAMI -- Falling gas prices might not be enough to entice people to travel this Labor Day weekend, with some keeping a wary eye on dangerous Hurricane Gustav, which is threatening the Gulf Coast.

By Alexandra Olson Associated Press MEXICO CITY -- Tens of thousands of frustrated Mexicans, many carrying pictures of kidnapped loved ones, marched across the country Saturday to demand authorities act to stop a relentless tide of killings, abductions and shootouts.

By Adamna Gourney, Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny New York Times News Service Sens.

By Rachael Cohen Associated Press NEW YORK -- The Williams sisters keep cruising along while other top women's seeds go crashing out of the U.S. Open. But it can only continue for one more match. Venus and Serena posted identical 6-2, 6-1 victories in the third round Saturday.

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'.