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General News Archive - August 06, 2008

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Mexican-born condemned prisoner was executed Tuesday night for the rape and murder of two teenage girls 15 years ago after a divided U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a reprieve. "I'm sorry my actions caused you pain.

By Associated Press In the week since the government's top suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks committed suicide, a sometimes bizarre portrait of 62-year-old Army scientist Bruce Ivins has emerged.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The bond between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers appears to be broken beyond repair.

By Ben Feller Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea -- President Bush said Wednesday that North Korea has much to do before the U.S. can remove it from the terror blacklist, but he raised hope that its pariah status as a member of the "axis of evil" could someday be a thing of the past.

By Devlin Barrett Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Attention, America: Paris has spoken.

By Jordan Robertson Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- A giant vulnerability in the Internet's design is allowing criminals to silently redirect traffic to Web sites under their control. The problem is being fixed, but its extent remains unknown and many people are still at risk.

By Jeannine Aversa Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Confronted by problems at every turn -- rising unemployment, shaky growth, credit troubles and creeping inflation - - the Federal Reserve left an important interest rate unchanged, taking a gamble that for now the best move was no move at all.

Seven years after the probe started, the FBI is said to be ready to go public with documents and explanations about its investigation into the fatal anthrax attacks that still has no definitive culprit.

Olympic officials say in light of the controversy surrounding the world tour of the Beijing Games' torch, the 2012 Olympic torch will remain in Great Britain.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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