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2006-03-08 08:10:00

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, India (Reuters) - The sign outside Leopold cafe on Mumbai's Colaba Causeway has just received a makeover: it is bigger, bolder, and harder to miss amid the clutter of signs on the bustling road lined with shops and restaurants. That is a good thing for the dozens of foreign tourists who come looking for Leopold, clutching a thick blue-and-red paperback which has catapulted the popular bar and restaurant to the top of to-do lists of tourists. Leopold, whose beer and...

2006-02-17 17:20:00

By Alexandria Sage LOS ANGELES - White clothing -- once banished after Labor Day -- is everywhere this February, from the fashion houses of New York's Fifth Avenue to middle America's mall. But some analysts worry that white may not translate into green. While fashionistas are applauding this spring's trend, white -- which has historically conjured up images of lawn tennis, yachting and cocktails on the veranda -- can also be problematic, some analysts say. Beyond the dirt-attracting nature...

2006-02-17 08:20:00

By Mike Power KUNA YALA, Panama (Reuters) - Two Kuna Indian fishermen haul a bale of cocaine from their rickety sailboat onto a busy dock on a tiny island off Panama's Caribbean coast then sprint with it to a safe house. That brings the day's catch to 14 packages, says a local. Each contains 30 one-kilo (2.2-pound) packets of cocaine, for a total haul of 420 kilos (924 pounds), dumped at sea by Colombian smugglers fleeing coastal patrols. The traffickers travel at night in fiberglass boats...

2006-02-15 08:20:00

By Lorraine Orlandi MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet embodies the rise of women into Latin American power circles, but in a region known for sexism women still face offenses ranging from macho slights to assault, even by their husbands. Bachelet's election last month as the first woman president of her socially conservative country was seen as a major step toward making women equal political players and empowering female leaders across the hemisphere, such as...

2006-02-11 01:35:00

NEW YORK -- More than one-third of the 2.5 million applications for individual assistance after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were "potential duplicates," suggesting that FEMA was the victim of extensive fraud, The New York Times reported on Saturday. According to the Government Accountability Office, thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after the devastating storms lashed southern states last year used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, the...

2006-02-06 03:55:00

By Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES -- Television networks took a leap into the unknown when they started selling their shows on Apple's iTunes online store, but even in these early days, it's starting to look as if that faith in digital downloads was well placed. Apple CEO Steve Jobs welcomed Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios content to the service in October. Now there are 40 different series, each episode of which costs a standardized $1.99 to purchase, and more are on the way. Nobody...

2006-01-29 09:35:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints ended under a policy called "stop-loss," but while some dispute its fairness, court challenges have fallen flat. The policy applies to soldiers in units due to deploy for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Army said stop-loss is vital to maintain units that are cohesive and ready to fight. But some experts said it shows how badly the Army is stretched and could further...

2006-01-18 11:25:00

By Graciela Flores NEW YORK -- During the transition from adolescence to adulthood, health risk increases and access to health care decreases across all race/ethnic groups, according to a study funded by the National institutes of Health. The ethnically diverse National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health followed some 14,000 adolescents over time into young adulthood. Participants were first interviewed when they were 12 to 19 years of age, and then when they were 19 to 26 years old. "We...

2006-01-17 02:10:00

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES -- Jack Bauer's latest marathon workday got off to a good start Sunday, ratings-wise. The Fox drama "24" notched its most-watched episode ever with its fifth-season premiere as the first of two back-to-back episodes got a boost from a primetime overrun (in East Coast and Midwestern markets) of the NFL's NFC divisional playoff game between the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. Airing from about 8:13-9:11 p.m. EST, the first episode of "24" averaged 17...

2006-01-03 08:05:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor MONTREUIL, France (Reuters) - The faithful are swaying, the walls are sweating and the choir's belting out praise to the Lord. It's Sunday morning and hundreds of black evangelicals are meeting in exuberant prayer. Cries of "Amen!" rise from rows of neatly dressed adults and clapping children. Gospel singers lead the crowd spelling out the name "J-E-S-U-S!" It's the kind of service that could be found in black churches anywhere in the United States. But the...


Word of the Day
snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.