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General News Archive - September 17, 2008

By Stephen Foley THE US government could end up controlling the insurance giant AIG under a deal being considered late last night.

By Jeremy Laurance One of the world's most widely used chemicals, a key constituent of plastic food and drink containers, has been linked for the first time with increased rates of heart disease and diabetes in adults.

A major U.S. study links bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used in hard plastics, to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities.

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Aramis Ramirez drove in two runs and Ryan Dempster tossed six solid innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the sinking Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

By Sue Kirchhoff, Kathy Chu, Barbara Hagenbaugh and Edward Iwata The Federal Reserve said Tuesday night it will lend up to $85 billion to American International Group, effectively putting the government in control of the flailing insurance giant, saying the move was necessary to protect the financial system and the economy.

By Juana Long Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- The few hundred holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and officials said Tuesday they are ready to use emergency powers to empty the barrier island scraped clean by Hurricane Ike.

By Robert Burns Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- Even after an extra U.S. Army brigade joins the fight against the insurgency here in January, three times that many reinforcements will be needed shortly thereafter, the highest- ranking U.S. general here said Tuesday. Gen.

By Ellen Simon Associated Press NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve forged an extraordinary $85 billion rescue Tuesday night of insurance giant American International Group Inc., offering a respite from two days of chaos in the American financial system.

Text of report by state-owned Yemeni TV on 17 September At 1147 gmt, state-owned Yemen TV ran the following ticker bar informing citizens of what happened earlier in the morning during the attack on the US embassy.

Voting was underway Wednesday in Israel to elect the new leader of the Kadima Party to replace resigning Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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