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General News Archive - September 03, 2008

By David Usborne When the Democrats were gathering in Denver to anoint Barack Obama and Joe Biden as their nominees last week, Sarah Palin was just one of many names on a long list of potential running mates for their Republican rival, John McCain, and seemingly a long way down that list.

By Elisabeth Bumiller Brian Knowlton contributed reporting. * A series of disclosures about Governor Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain's choice as running mate, calls into question how thoroughly McCain examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket.

By Kevin Johnson WASHINGTON -- Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales mishandled highly classified information related to two of the government's most sensitive counterterrorism programs, including its controversial domestic surveillance operation, a Justice Department report released Tuesday said.

By Susan Page and Martha T. Moore ST. PAUL -- Call it McCain's Gamble. The Republican presidential candidate is pulling bigger crowds and a gusher of cash to his campaign since his unexpected pick Friday of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Text of report by official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Peshawar 3 September: NWFP [North-West Frontier Province] Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani has condemned the attack by three Afghanistan based coalition Gunship helicopters and commandos on a village in Birmal area of South Waziristan, in which at least 20 innocent citizens of Pakistan including women and children were martyred.

By Adam Nossiter, Damien Cave, Kareem Fahim and James Barron Shaila Dewan contributed reporting from New Orleans; Eric Lipton and Steven Lee Myers from Washington; Thayer Evans from Lafayette, Louisiana; Staci Semrad from San Antonio, Texas; James C. McKinley Jr.

By MICHAEL ABRAMOWITZ By Michael Abramowitz The Washington Post ST. PAUL, Minn.

By Becky Bohrer and Doug Simpson Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic "mother of all storms." It didn't deliver. Now, with three other storms lining up in the Atlantic some fear people might not listen next time.

By Vladimir Isachenkov Associated Press MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will respond calmly to an increase in NATO ships in the Black Sea in the aftermath of the short war with Georgia but promised that "there will be an answer." Meanwhile, President Dmitry Medvedev sternly warned the West that it would lose more than Moscow would if it tried to punish Russia with sanctions over the war with Georgia.

By Howard Fendrich Associated Press NEW YORK -- His strokes awry, his emotions laid bare for all to see, Roger Federer figured out a way to stay in the U.S. Open.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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