General News Archive - August 13, 2008

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Kevin Youkilis' second home run of the game -- a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth inning -- broke a tie and lifted Boston to a wild 19-17 win over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a three- game series at Fenway Park.

By Seth Livingstone BEIJING {ndash} Now, Michael Phelps is deep into uncharted waters.

By Marlen Garcia BEIJING -- The anguish was written all over Alicia Sacramone's face. She fought tears after finishing a balance beam routine that went awry from the start.

By David Jackson and Jeffrey Stinson After five days of deadly fighting, Russia appears to have achieved what it wanted: It reclaimed two semi-independent regions from neighboring Georgia and showed that the West is powerless to stop it, analysts said Tuesday.

Mixed messages to Georgia may have led to the United States' being caught by surprise at the war between Georgia and Russia, U.S. officials said. Since the conflict between Russia and Georgia erupted into war last week, officials within U.S.

At least 11 people died Wednesday when an explosion targeting a bus shook a business district in Tripoli, Lebanon, a Lebanese security forces official said. Nine Lebanese soldiers and two civilians were among the dead in the blast, which was outside the vehicle, CNN reported.

Russia reported withdrawal of Georgian troops from South Ossetia and denied it pushed further into Georgia.


A health policy research group says a poll it conducted this spring indicates health insurance is the reason some U.S. residents are getting married.

Foreign ministers of European Union member countries said they support sending monitors to supervise a cease-fire in the South Ossetia region of Georgia.

Delmon Young belted a key three-run home run Wednesday in guiding Minnesota to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees. The left fielder's seventh home run of the season gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.