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General News Archive - October 14, 2008

By Ben Shpigel The Dodgers watched the Phillies have their fun in Philadelphia. They watched the Phillies scamper around the bases and throw brushback pitches and walk with a swagger. The Dodgers did none of those things, and back home, they vowed, it would be different.

By Tom Pedulla CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns breathed new life into their season with a shocking 35-14 rout of the previously unbeaten New York Giants on Monday night that abruptly ended the road dominance of the defending Super Bowl champions.

By Bob Nightengale LOS ANGELES -- Center fielder Shane Victorino, who spent six years in anonymity in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, made sure Monday that his former franchise will never forget him.

By Paul White BOSTON -- Rocco Baldelli's three-run homer looked like a feel-good moment that merely added a few more runs to the Tampa Bay Rays' 9-1 rout Monday of the Boston Red Sox.

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website ["President Al-Asad issues decree establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon" - SANA headline] Damascus, 14 October: President Bashar al-Asad today issued Decree No 358 for the year 2008 establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon.

Following are remarks made by U.S. President George Bush Tuesday in Washington on the $700 billion rescue plan for U.S. financial markets. Good morning. I just completed a meeting with my Working Group on Financial Markets.

Twin wildfires raced through acreage north of California's San Fernando Valley, killing at least one person and destroying 49 structures, officials said. California Gov.

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Crude oil prices jumped more than $3 per barrel Tuesday, but analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered their estimates for next year's average prices.

Galveston, Texas, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says she's hoping the U.S. Postal Service will soon reopen the hurricane-ravaged city's downtown post office. Saying Galveston Island businesses in particular rely on the downtown facility, Thomas Monday pleaded with U.S.

Hospital officials in Galveston, Texas, say Jennifer Hernandez Ramirez became the first baby born on the island since Hurricane Ike hit.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'