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General News Archive - September 23, 2008

Home in brief *Archaeologists have pinpointed the construction of Stonehenge to 2300BC - 300 years later than thought.

By David Barboza The head of China's top quality-control agency resigned Monday in the wake of a growing scandal over the country's tainted milk supply, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The toxic milk has sickened more than 50,000 infants and has killed at least four so far.

By Calum MacLeod SHIJIAZHUANG, China -- The head of the Chinese agency responsible for food and product safety resigned Monday as the government tried to contain public anger over the growing crisis of tainted baby formula that has sickened 53,000 infants and killed four.

By Stephen Labaton, David M. Herszenhorn, and Mark Landler Democrats in Congress are setting their own terms for a plan to rescue U.S.

Pakistan's military is threatening to shoot U.S. troops if they launch another raid into Pakistan's territory. Whether the threat is real or meant solely for domestic consumption, there is a real danger of miscalculation that would be catastrophic for both countries.

By Martin Crutsinger Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Next year, the penny will be getting not just one new look but four of them, the first changes to the 1-cent coin in 50 years. The U.S. Mint unveiled the new designs during a ceremony Monday at the Lincoln Memorial.

By Bernie Wilson Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the San Diego Chargers simply left no doubt.

Robert Wagner's marriage to Natalie Wood was known to all. His love affair with Barbara Stanwyck was a secret -- until now.

By Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Scrambling for a swift deal on the $700 billion bailout for failing financial firms, key Democrats and Bush administration officials agreed Monday to include mortgage help for beleaguered homeowners but wrangled over other issues, including "golden parachutes" for executives who benefit from the unprecedented rescue.

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Y.F. Low] Taipei, Sept.

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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