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General News Archive - October 30, 2008

By David Jackson WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- John McCain crisscrossed Florida on Wednesday, trying to keep the state in the Republican column as some supporters worried about whether he can catch the better-funded Barack Obama.

By Kathy Kiely KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Barack Obama pulled out all political and technological stops Wednesday, barnstorming across Republican territory, making a late-night appearance at a rally here with former president Bill Clinton, and blanketing the airwaves.

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A US expert urges neighbors to be considerate to Halloween trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday slashed interest rates a half-percentage point, a move intended to blunt the pain of an economy that has "slowed markedly."

Rebels have reached the gates of Goma, the provincial capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a new threat of war flared, officials said Thursday.

U.S. officials are reviewing the Iraqi amendments to the draft agreement on U.S. troop levels in Iraq, a State Department official said Thursday. Spokesman Robert Wood, however, declined to discuss the nature of the amendments when asked during a news conference.

A New York state man admitted strangling his wife during a violent argument after he returned from a weekend jaunt to Atlantic City, police said Thursday. Lt.

The Chicago White Sox will not sign prolific home run hitter Ken Griffey Jr. for the 2009 season, the team said Thursday. The decision means the 38-year-old outfielder becomes a free agent, free to work out a deal with the team of his choice.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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