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General News Archive - September 20, 2008

China's Cabinet says it has ordered free medical treatment and stepped-up health screenings for babies sickened by poisoned milk products. Four children have died and upwards of 6,000 are sick from products contaminated with melamine, a chemical used plastics, the BBC reported Saturday.

By Gillian Wong Associated Press SHIJIAZHUANG, China -- China's food safety crisis widened Friday after the industrial chemical melamine was found in milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies -- prompting stores, including Starbucks, to yank milk from their shelves.

By Tom Raum and Jeannine Aversa Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration on Friday laid out a radical bailout plan with a jaw-dropping price tag -- a takeover of a half-trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and other bad debt held by tottering institutions.

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency The United Democratic Movement has condemned the manner in which the ANC recalled President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday, describing it as "an act of political barbarity.""To remove the head of state like this is an act of political barbarity that threatens to plunge the country into anarchy," Bantu Holomisa said in a statement on Saturday.

By Juan A. Lozano and Christopher Sherman Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Hurricane Ike's death toll kept creeping higher Friday, a week after the storm's winds arrived, though there were signs of progress on Galveston Island and back on the mainland.

The Bush administration yesterday said it was releasing $121 million in emergency relief funds to help poor people cope with record home-heating bills expected this winter. Officials said $96 million would be distributed nationwide.

A plane crash in Columbia, S.C., has killed four people and left former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in critical condition, officials say.

From wire reports WASHINGTON Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration on Friday laid out a bailout plan involving a takeover of a half-trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and other bad debt held by tottering institutions.

SHIJIAZHUANG | China's food-safety crisis spread Friday when the industrial chemical melamine was found in milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies - prompting stores, including Starbucks, to yank milk from their shelves.

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Freshman Terrelle Pryor threw four touchdown passes in his first collegiate start to lead 13th-ranked Ohio State to a 28-10 victory over Troy at Ohio Stadium. Pryor, considered by many recruiting insiders to be the nation's No.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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