General News Archive - October 15, 2008

By Sue Kirchhoff and Barbara Hagenbaugh WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department's extraordinary announcement Tuesday that it will buy as much as $250 billion in stock to shore up the nation's banking system is designed not to undermine free-market capitalism -- but to save it.

By Oren Dorell Firefighters in the hills around Los Angeles hope a break in winds today will help them douse two major wildfires, one of which doubled in size to 10,000 acres Tuesday.


Hurricane warnings were posted Wednesday for several islands in the Eastern Caribbean Sea as Hurricane Omar gathered strength, U.S. forecasters said. A hurricane warning was in effect for St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St.

A Florida judge ordered Casey Anthony held without bond Wednesday at her arraignment on murder charges in the disappearance last July of her daughter, Caylee.

California fire officials Wednesday speculated downed power lines may have triggered one of two wildfires that have scorched 18,000 acres near Los Angeles.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.