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General News Archive - September 18, 2008

Exit polls project victory for Foreign Minister over former army chief-of-staff Tzipi Livni, Israel's Foreign Minister, celebrated victory last night as exit polls showed the ruling Kadima party had decisively elected her as leader and propelled her to within reach of becoming the country's first woman prime minister for a generation.

By Jon Gambrell Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Residents trying to get back to this hurricane-ravaged city Wednesday spent hours fuming in gridlocked traffic, only to be turned away at the bridge by officials worried that the crippled island can't accommodate that many people.

By Amy Teibel Associated Press JERUSALEM -- Israel's foreign minister won a narrow victory early today for the Kadima Party's leadership post, giving her the chance to be the country's first female leader in 34 years and sending a message that peace talks with the Palestinians will proceed.

The U.S. Federal Reserve moved to keep financial streams from choking Thursday, expanding swap lines to allow banks to borrow at lower rates.

By Mike Stobbe Associated Press ATLANTA -- A long-awaited federal study of an X-ray alternative to the dreaded colonoscopy confirms its effectiveness at spotting most cancers, although it was far from perfect.

By JON GAMBRELL By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Residents of this hurricane-wrecked island city launched an ill- advised attempt to return to their crippled hometown Wednesday but instead fumed in hours of gridlocked traffic only to be turned away at the bridge.

By DION NISSENBAUM By Dion Nissenbaum McClatchy News Service JERUSALEM Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni took a major step Wednesday toward becoming the nation's second female prime minister after television exit polls found her winning the election to lead the government's ruling party.

By City News Service Two insects and a plant disease foreign to the United States were intercepted at Los Angeles International Airport and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday.

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch the S400 BlueHYBRID, its first passenger car model equipped with a hybrid drive system, in summer 2009.

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Brandi Horton for Farm Aid, +1-703-307-8891, bhorton@vancomm.com Willie Nelson to Deliver Initial Relief Funds inHomeStateofTexasand Across theGulfCoast SOMERVILLE, Mass., Sept.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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