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General News Archive - October 21, 2008

By Sue Kirchhoff and Barbara Hagenbaugh WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday increased the odds of a second economic stimulus package, endorsing the action as a way to prevent a "protracted slowdown." Bernanke, responding to questions at a House Budget Committee hearing, declined to say whether the country is in a recession.

By Kathy Kiely ORLANDO -- Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose history-making presidential campaigns divided the Democratic Party, joined forces Monday for an exuberant outdoor rally in what Clinton called "the battleground of the battlegrounds." Making their first joint appearance since July, the former political rivals walked on stage here with their arms wrapped around each other's waists.

By Gary Mihoces FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quarterback Matt Cassel, in his best game since taking over for injured MVP Tom Brady in the season opener, threw for three touchdowns to double his season total, and the New England Patriots rolled to a 41-7 victory against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

Police in Little Rock, Ark., were investigating a home invasion in which a local television morning anchor was injured and hospitalized in critical condition.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of Hartz-brand chicken-basted rawhide chips due to possible contamination. The FDA said the Hartz Mountain Corp.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, campaigning Tuesday in Bensalem, Pa., pounded on rival Barack Obama's tax policies.

The U.S. government Tuesday dropped charges against five Guantanamo detainees without prejudice, meaning they could be reinstated. Chief military prosecutor Col. Lawrence J. Morris said supervising lawyers had asked the Pentagon to withdraw the charges, The New York Times reported.

U.S. film star Gwyneth Paltrow said she will do what she can to help her longtime friend Madonna deal with her split from husband Guy Ritchie. Madonna and Ritchie, a British filmmaker, last week announced their plans to divorce after nearly eight years of marriage.

A mistrial has been declared in pop star Britney Spears's driving without a valid license case, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge said. Spears was charged with driving without a valid California license after she was involved in a minor accident in a Studio City parking lot last year.

Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Singletary officially took over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, less than a day after the organization fired Mike Nolan.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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