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General News Archive - August 04, 2008

Kathy Hilton, whose daughter Paris Hilton was used in an ad for GOP U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain, says the ad was frivolous and a waste.

Short-attention-span reading, and writing, and some bonus cut-and-pasting from my Talking Points blog . . . There is something honorable, mixed with wild egomania, in what Brett Favre is doing to the Green Bay Packers right now.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre, ending his brief retirement, the league confirmed Sunday.

Following the death of Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, his son Stepan Solzhenitsyn told Russia's Channel One about his father's last day in an interview broadcast on 4 August. "He had a regular working day. He was working throughout the day and he fell ill only at night.

By Sarah Abruzzese and Eric Lipton Eric Lipton reported from Washington. William J. Broad contributed reporting from New York.

Various figures of Russian political and public life have paid tribute to Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who died late on 3 August, Russian news agency Interfax reported on 4 August.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Updated version: adding Urgent tag, rewriting subject line; Xinhua: "3rd Ld: Police Station Raided in West China's Xinjiang, Terrorist plot Suspected"] URUMQI, Aug.

By Jarrett Bell Brett Favre is back among the Cheeseheads, ending the most bizarre NFL retirement in recent memory. Favre arrived in Green Bay on Sunday night with his wife, Deanna, and agent James "Bus" Cook, greeted by the cheers of several hundred fans at Austin Straubel International Airport.

By Donna Leinwand, Andrea Stone and Alan Levin One of the nation's biggest unsolved mysteries could be resolved soon when the Justice Department discloses details of its investigation of a government scientist who committed suicide last week before he could be charged in the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001.

By Barbara Hagenbaugh WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policymakers are finding their jobs aren't getting any easier as a sluggish economy and stubbornly high inflation put them in an interest-rate bind.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.