General News Archive - October 16, 2008

By Susan Page HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- It was all about Joe the Plumber. In the final presidential debate Wednesday night, John McCain and Barack Obama seemed to be vying for the affections not only of the average Joe generally, but of a particular Joe: Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio.

By Dan Vergano In an advance scientists hope will one day benefit humans, new research has found that monkeys with electronic implants connected to single brain cells can learn to flex paralyzed muscles.

Omar, a Category 3 hurricane with 120 mph winds, raced across the Caribbean early Thursday, endangering the Northern Leeward Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands. At 1 a.m.

Federal investigators are investigating the crash of a medical helicopter ferrying a 1-year-old girl to a Chicago hospital, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Air Angels Inc.


A Canadian court in Montreal found a self-proclaimed pastor guilty of sexual assault with regard to his supposed marriage to a 10-year-old girl.

Agents say they detained a man Thursday at MacArthur Airport on Long Island, N.Y., after allegedly finding a suspected pipe bomb in his luggage.

Social Security recipients will see a 5.8 percent jump in their monthly benefits beginning in January, the U.S. Social Security Administration said Thursday.

Police say a Pittsburgh man got the better of a 74-year-old robber when he realized the alleged intruder's gun was a toy.

Using brain imaging and chocolate milkshakes, U.S. scientists say people with weakened brain "reward circuitry" are at increased risk of weight gain.

Catherine Stevens Thursday downplayed Sen. Ted Stevens's role in home renovations at the core of the U.S government's case against her husband. She also said the couple believed they settled all the costs for the renovations to the Alaska Republican's home near Anchorage, Alaska, The Hill reported.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.