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General News Archive - September 04, 2008

The United States, having sent troops on a raid into Pakistan, may be employing a new strategy against militants staging attacks on Afghanistan.

By Susan Page ST. PAUL -- Forget the hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast and the firestorm that greeted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's entry on the national scene.

By Douglas Robson NEW YORK -- Close in life, equal on the tennis court, little again separated Venus and Serena Williams in their latest Grand Slam tournament tussle. This time Serena prevailed, taking advantage of 10 blown set points by older sister Venus to escape into the U.S.

The Associated Press WASHINGTON Cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year as supplies dried up, leading to higher prices and reduced purity, the government reports. Overall use of illicit drugs showed little change.

By DAVID ESPO Claiming her historic spot on the Republican ticket, vice- presidential candidate Sarah Palin unleashed a cutting attack on Barack Obama on Wednesday night and vowed to help John McCain bring real change to Washington.

A last-minute intervention by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire kept 27,000 Boeing workers at their jobs after a strike had been set, union leaders said.

Text of report headlined "Qureshi Denounces Nato Attack on Angoor Adda" published by Pakistani newspaper The News website on 4 September Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Thursday coalition forces' attack in South Waziristan was shameful, appalling and regretful act and termed it violation of international territory.

By Steven Lee Myers New York Times News Service BAKU, Azerbaijan -- President Bush proposed $1 billion in humanitarian and economic assistance on Wednesday to help rebuild Georgia after its brief war with Russia in August, but he stopped short of committing the United States to re-equipping its battered military.

By Mary Foster and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of people who fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors Wednesday, but nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses across Louisiana were still without electricity and officials said it could take as long as a month to fully restore power.

By Paul Alexander Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- American forces launched a raid inside Pakistan Wednesday, a senior U.S. military official said, in the first known foreign ground assault in Pakistan against a suspected Taliban haven.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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