General News Archive - September 25, 2008

Homers by Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez Wednesday helped the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch a tie for the division title with a 12-4 win over San Diego.

By Dan Vergano and Steve Sternberg The FBI never examined anthrax samples from the 2001 contamination of a biodefense lab that was covered up by their lead suspect in the anthrax mailings -- a decision that one of the FBI's leading anthrax experts calls "weird." Researcher Bruce Ivins in 2002 confessed to cleaning up the office contamination without telling anyone during an Army investigation at the U.S.

By Elizabeth Weise New Zealand says one of China's most popular candies -- a kind frequently sold at Asian markets in the United States -- contains dangerous levels of the industrial chemical melamine.

By Susan Page and Kathy Kiely Statesmanship or gamesmanship? As he did four weeks ago with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, Republican John McCain shook up the presidential race Wednesday with an unexpected maneuver.

By Brian Ferguson PRESIDENTIAL candidates John McCain and Barack Obama were at odds last night over whether to stop campaigning to deal with the US financial crisis.

By Associated Press MILWAUKEE -- The trade for CC Sabathia keeps looking better and better.

By Beth Fouhy Associated Press NEW YORK -- The economic crisis and raw politics threatened to derail the first presidential debate as John McCain challenged Barack Obama to delay Friday's event to work on the financial crisis.

By Gillian Wong Associated Press BEIJING -- An industrial chemical that made its way into China's dairy supplies and that authorities blame in the death of four babies has turned up in numerous Chinese-made exports abroad -- from candies to yogurt to rice balls.


More than a dozen countries in Asia and Africa have banned China dairy imports, and several others had recalled products by Wednesday, fearing potentially lethal melamine-tainted milk has made its way to their markets. Here is a list of how different countries are reacting.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.