Today's Big Stories for July 23, 2012

by Me!

Contaminated baby formula, South Chinese Sea island disputes, and Beijing flooding.

1 . Carcinogen Found in Chinese Baby Formula 

A month after large batches of Chinese baby formula were found to contain dangerous levels of mercury, state media outlets reported Monday that the authorities have discovered more shipments of contaminated formula, this time poisoned with a cancer-causing toxin.

Chinese babies can't seem to catch a break. 

2. China Plans to Put Garrison on Disputed South China Sea Island

China will establish a military garrison on a disputed island in the South China Sea, part of an increased assertiveness in the resource-rich waters that’s straining ties with nations in the region and the U.S.

3. Flash Floods Swamp Chinese Capital, Killing 37

A severe rainstorm pounded Beijing on Saturday, flooding roads and low-lying buildings, knocking out power in several neighborhoods and killing 37 people, according to state-media reports. More than 500 flights were canceled or delayed at the Beijing airport, stranding tens of thousands after the heaviest rain in 61 years fell on the Chinese capital. By Sunday the waters had largely subsided, the rainfall having scoured the city streets and temporarily clearing out Beijing’s notorious air pollution.