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2009-06-05 13:20:00

A power company blamed a power surge that damaged appliances in several local homes on fire ants that built a nest inside a transformer. The company, Oncor, denied responsibility for the damaged appliances and said affected customers in Carrollton should have been using surge protectors, WFFA-TV, Dallas, reported Friday. It's not a good thing to have to replace items that can be expensive, but we cannot control wildlife, company spokeswoman Megan Wright said. This is an act of God. However,...

2008-11-03 09:00:32

SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Nov. 3, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surge Global Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:SRGG) announced today that it will host an operations update telephone conference call on Tuesday, November 18, at 11 A.M. (EST). The conference call dial in number is (218) 339-4600, access code 1026351#. The call will be recorded, and the playback number will be (641) 715-3525, access code 629502 on Surge's new website, www.Surgeglobalenergy.com, after the meeting. Management will discuss the results...

2008-10-03 06:00:18

By Ken Dilanian and Richard Wolf A look at some of the claims made by Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the vice presidential debate Thursday night in St. Louis: Health care The claim: Palin said Barack Obama wants a "universal, government-run program" and "health care being taken over by the feds." The facts: Obama's health care plan does not call for a government takeover. In fact, it isn't even universal. It would only cover all children. Obama's plan would give...

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2008-09-21 08:20:00

By tracking the amount of light emitted by Baghdad neighborhoods at night, a team of UCLA geographers has uncovered fresh evidence that last year's U.S. troop surge in Iraq may not have been as effective at improving security as some U.S. officials have maintained. Night light in neighborhoods populated primarily by embattled Sunni residents declined dramatically just before the February 2007 surge and never returned, suggesting that ethnic cleansing by rival Shiites may have been largely...

2008-09-17 00:00:12

LEADING ARTICLE General Petraeus seeks to repeat success in his new command The most impressive quality of General David Petraeus, who stood down yesterday as the US military commander in Iraq, has been his modesty about his own success. While the outgoing President, George Bush, and his would-be Republican successor, John McCain, have embraced Gen Petraeus almost as a saviour (which indeed, politically, he has been to them), he himself has always refused to declare victory in Iraq,...

2008-09-15 09:00:06

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- U.S. Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday that experience in Iraq shows it will take political and economic progress as well as military action to tackle increased violence in Afghanistan. "You don't kill or capture your way out of an industrial- strength insurgency," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. His comments come as a debate over the need to redeploy troops from Iraq to Afghanistan has become a central issue in the U.S....

2008-09-10 21:00:02

By Nancy A. Youssef and Jonathan S. Landay WASHINGTON - President Bush's announcement Tuesday that he'll maintain troop levels in Iraq through the end of his presidency suggests that despite his claim that the surge of additional U.S. troops in Iraq has succeeded, the security gains could be temporary, defense officials and experts said. "Here is the bottom line: While the enemy in Iraq is still dangerous, we have seized the offensive, and the Iraqi forces are becoming increasingly...

2008-09-09 12:00:04

Some 8,000 U.S. military personnel will be rotated out of Iraq without replacement during the next several months, U.S. President George Bush said Tuesday. "Over the next several months, we will bring home about 3,400 combat support forces -- including aviation personnel, explosive ordnance teams, combat and construction engineers, military police and logistical support forces," Bush said in remarks to the National Defense University. A U.S. marine battalion serving in Anbar province would...

2008-09-09 09:00:04

By Ben Feller Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush will keep roughly the same number of U.S. forces in Iraq through the end of the year and pull about 8,000 troops home by February, a drawdown that's both slower and smaller than long anticipated. In a speech to be delivered today, Bush says more forces could withdraw in the first half of 2009. But for now, the situation isn't changing significantly. By the time the troops return home on the timeline Bush is proposing, someone...

2008-09-06 00:00:01

By Patrick Cockburn THE UNITED States has spied extensively on Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and other Iraqi government leaders, the American investigative journalist Bob Woodward has revealed. "We know everything he says," the journalist quotes one source as saying, in his fourth book on George Bush's presidency. The US administration's decision to spy continually on Mr Maliki - a close US ally- shows deep distrust of the Iraqi leadership by the US. The surveillance took place...


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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