General News Archive - September 10, 2008

By Andrew Buncombe SPECULATION IS mounting that Kim Jong-Il, the leader of North Korea, is gravely ill. A US intelligence official said it appeared that the secretive head of state had suffered a stroke, but did not reveal the source of her evidence.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) - A North Korean diplomat denied Wednesday [ 10 September] the communist state's leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] has fallen sick, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Pyongyang, Sept. 10 Kyodo - North Korea's No.

By ANITA SNOW By Anita Snow The Associated Press HAVANA Hurricane Ike moved into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and took aim at the U.S. and Mexican coasts Tuesday after bringing down aging buildings in Havana and tearing through western Cuba's tobacco country.

By Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas -- Lance Armstrong is ready to swear off the chips and salsa, climb back on the bike and win an eighth Tour de France.

By Associated Press BOSTON -- Pinch-hitter Dan Johnson homered off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning to tie it, and Dioner Navarro doubled in the go- ahead run Tuesday night as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 to snap a four-game skid and extend their lead in the AL East.

Lehman Brothers Holdings announced $3.9 billion in third-quarter losses and said it would sell a majority stake in of a prime asset. Lehman Brothers stock prices fell nearly 45 percent Tuesday after news that its efforts to raise cash through the Korean Development Bank had failed.

U.S. presidential candidate John McCain demanded an apology from Barack Obama, saying his rival's comment about putting lipstick on a pig is a sexist slur.

A beam of particles successfully completed its first lap in the multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists said.

The Associated Press VIENNA, Austria Oil ministers with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries have decided to curb production by more than 500,000 barrels a day.

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.