General News Archive - September 30, 2008

By Richard Wolf, Kathy Kiely, Fredreka Schouten and John Fritze WASHINGTON -- When President Bush came on television at 7:35 a.m. Monday to urge passage of a $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan, fellow Republicans working out in the House gymnasium jeered his remarks.

By Alan Levin Deaths on air ambulance flights -- including four fatalities over the weekend in Maryland -- have soared to record levels over the past year, prompting safety advocates to renew calls for stricter controls on medical airlifts.

By Alicia Chang Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday.

By Patrick Healy It was classic John McCain and classic Barack Obama who grappled with the $700 billion bailout plan over the past week: McCain was by turns action-oriented and impulsive as he dive-bombed targets, while Obama was measured and cerebral and inclined to work the phones behind the scenes.

By Carl Hulse and David M. Herszenhorn Reporting was contributed by Keith Bradsher from Hong Kong, Robert Pear from Washington and Graham Bowley from New York. * In a moment of historic drama in the U.S.

By MARC KAUFMAN By Marc Kaufman The Washington Post WASHINGTON Icy snow falls from high in the Martian atmosphere and may even reach the planet's surface, scientists working with NASA's Phoenix Mars lander reported Monday.


The man who told a jury that O.J. Simpson asked him to bring guns and "look menacing" during a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers acknowledged Monday he didn't tell police that last October.


In a vote that shook the government, Wall Street and markets around the world, the House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, leaving both parties' lawmakers and the Bush administration scrambling to pick up the pieces.

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Lynn Franco, The Conference Board, +1-212-339-0344, Lynn.Franco@conference-board.org But Current Economic Environment Remains Weak NEW YORK, Sept.

U.S. President George Bush Tuesday urged House members to reconsider the $700 billion financial markets bailout plan, predicting disaster if nothing happens. "Our economy is depending on decisive action from the government," Bush said in a statement.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.