October 19th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

On the Radar: N.C. missing girl, Tylenol recall, oil lessons

Missing girl's medical records  sought - North Carolina authorities have been in contact with Zahra Baker's biological mother in Australia and have asked for the medical records of the missing 10-year-old girl. Officials did not specify what kind of medical records they were seeking. Dental records are sometimes used to identify a body.

Although authorities believe Zahra is dead, her remains have not been found. Burke County Sheriff John McDevitt has said that Zahra's disappearance is being investigated as a homicide. CNN will watch for updates and bring you any new information available.

Tylenol's headaches - Johnson & Johnson reported a sales drop in its third quarter Tuesday, saying that successive recalls of its over-the-counter drugs have "significantly impacted" its business.

The maker of Benadryl and Tylenol has added another popular over-the-counter drug to its growing list of recalled products. The latest recall affects Tylenol 8-hour caplets in 50-count bottles, sold in the United States and Puerto Rico. The lot number is BCM155. Complaints of a musty or moldy odor led to the recall, McNeil Consumer Healthcare said. The company said it believes the odor is due to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole.

Lessons from the Gulf oil disaster - Wednesday marks six months since the beginning of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is still much debate about what the United States has or hasn't learned about this disaster.

CNN.com's John Sutter looks at any lessons discovered as well as legislation aimed at prevention, at preparation for another such spill and at the continuing dependence on oil and fossil fuels.

Tea Party as a key Senate bloc? - The proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is one way to describe the 2010 election - especially when explaining the complicated alliance between Tea Party activists and the Republican establishment. These two former enemies - remember the contentious and divisive primary season - are united in the common goal of trying to defeat Democrats on November 2.  Look ahead to the next day, and there is a good chance the alliance will begin to show cracks should Tea Party candidates score big wins - especially those running for Senate.

As many as eight Tea Party candidates could be coming to Washington in January. If they win, the new lawmakers immediately would become an influential voting bloc with other GOP senators aligning themselves with this group. Mark Preston, CNN's senior political editor, looks at what impact the Tea Party might have on the Senate.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Pam Erickson

    Was on the SF Bay and saw United 747 pass by GGBridge. Lots of planes going real close as was Fleet Week and Blue Angels et al were flying so not scary in context. People on the bridge might have a diiferent view.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. MikeS

    Why do we always hear about the recalls long after they have been sent off to consumers? When will huge corporations stop putting profit before what’s right? I know….that will never happen but it’s one thing after another. Most of the time someone, in a boardroom, knew about the issue and chose to move it anyways. More crime is done with a pen, than a gun, everyday and Ill bet you someone knew something but didn’t speak up. Something is “musty” about the whole Tylenol recall.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Floria sigmundi

    O wow

    I just feel so far away from you even though i could see you in the drop of a hat your not far literally I could be there and right next to you before lunchtime. and I just feel like one day you'll just be sick of it an move on


    October 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stick dog

    Johnson n Johnson says the back to back recalls have seriously impacted their business. Are you serious? What kind of a statment is that.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. disgust

    They make billions,if yyou stop using suppliers from china,all their goods are always tainted.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. disgust

    I will pray for justice for this little girl's death.sickos

    October 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. astrid

    This young life was taken buy her parents i mean let's be honest about it our system is failing all over the U.S somebody knew this girl was being mistreated and nobody took action now its too late......

    October 20, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. astrid

    How many times a year do we see tylenol is on recall? How many people have to die or get really sick from their so called mistake?

    October 20, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |