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Igor moves toward Newfoundland coast
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 8:15:00 AM
  • Relentless winds and pounding rain battered Bermuda Monday as Hurricane Igor passed by the island and headed toward the Canadian coast, forecasters said.
  • Igor, moving in a north-northeasterly direction at 20 mph, was expected to pass offshore of the southeastern tip of Newfoundland Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m EDT advisory.
  • A tropical storm watch was posted for the Newfoundland coast from Stones Grove to Jones Harbor.

British troops to redeploy from Sangin
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 8:15:00 AM
  • British troops have turned the responsibility of securing one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan over to U.S. Marines, a military commander said.
  • The British forces will be redeployed from Sangin, where they've been for four years, to another region in central Helmand Province, the BBC reported Monday.
  • Sangin is one of the central locations of the opium trade in southern Afghanistan, and has traditionally supported the Taliban, the BBC said.

Peyton, Colts win Manning matchup
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 5:17:00 AM
  • INDIANAPOLIS -- Big brother rules. Backed by a revived defense that unmercifully harassed his kid brother and applying his own pressure with a sharp passing clinic, Peyton Manning claimed bragging rights in a big way at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night.
  • The Indianapolis Colts demolished the New York Giants 38-14 in the so-called Manning Bowl that was anything but a family picnic.
  • It was the second time in four years that Peyton won his matchup against Eli, but, more important, it was a result that allowed the Colts to avoid a 0-2 start.

Lady Gaga will headline rally in Portland today
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 5:17:00 AM
  • Sept. 20--PORTLAND -- Recording artist Lady Gaga will be the featured speaker at a Portland rally in support of repealing the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" law, which bars gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.
  • City officials and the rally's organizers confirmed Sunday night that the rally will start about 4 p.m. today at Deering Oaks park.
  • Lady Gaga, 24, who was performing at a concert in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, chose Portland because she views Maine's two Republican senators as being critical votes in the upcoming Senate vote to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," according to a rally organizer.

BP well dead, but its effects live on
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 3:16:00 AM
  • Sept. 20--Sunday's death knell for BP's Macondo well heralded a milestone worth noting but was largely symbolic given the ongoing personal, economic, legal and environmental fallout from the accident.
  • The British oil giant and federal officials pronounced the well dead nearly five months to the day after the April 20 blowout 40 miles off the Louisiana coast that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killed 11 workers and triggered the nation's worst oil spill.
  • Tests confirmed cement pumped into an outer ring of the well through a relief well had hardened, sealing off the last path for oil to escape.

Tragic end to battle over 3 kids
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 3:16:00 AM
  • Sept. 20--A 47-year-old father worried that he would never see his three children again was charged in their deaths on Sunday, accused of fatally shooting his son and two daughters as they slept in his north Harris County apartment.
  • Goher had threatened to kill or hurt himself if he lost visitation, said Houston attorney Syed Izfar, who was appointed by a court to represent Goher's three children in a Sept. 24 divorce mediation.
  • The family had lived together in a tiny apartment adjacent to a worn-down convenience store where Goher worked in the 13000 block of Homestead until divorce proceedings began last year.

Battle of Manning brothers goes to Peyton as Colts crush Giants
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 1:17:00 AM
  • Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning was far more efficient than Eli Manning on Sunday night, as the Indianapolis Colts dominated the New York Giants, 38-14, in a marquee interconference contest at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • It was the second head-to-head meeting between the Manning brothers, with Peyton's Colts also getting the better of Eli's Giants via a 26-21 verdict at the Meadowlands in 2006.
  • Peyton Manning, a four-time MVP, completed 20-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns, while his younger brother connected on 13-of-24 passes for 161 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick.

Mass suicide fear as children disappear with sect
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 12:16:00 AM
  • FEARS WERE growing last night for the safety of at least eight children in California who disappeared with members of a religious sect feared to be planning a mass suicide.
  • Police have launched a hunt by land and air across a large area of the state for a group of 13 migrants from El Salvador, who have been missing since leaving a prayer meeting in northern Los Angeles late on Friday night.
  • State authorities said the adults in the group left behind letters that prompted the search and alarm over the fate of the children, six boys and two girls aged three to 17.

BP says it has permanently plugged leaking deep-sea well
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 12:16:00 AM
  • WITH A final shot of cement, BP yesterday permanently "killed" its deep-sea well in the Gulf of Mexico that ruptured in April and unleashed the worst oil spill in US history.
  • "We can finally announce that the Macondo 252 well is effectively dead," retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who oversees the US government response to the disaster, said.
  • "After months of extensive operations, planning and execution under the direction and authority of the US government science and engineering teams, BP has successfully completed the relief well by intersecting and cementing the well nearly 18,000 feet (3.4 miles/ 5.5 km) below the surface," Allen said.

Fraud and Taliban threat mar Afghan poll
Publish Date : 9/20/2010 12:16:00 AM
  • REPORTS OF fraud during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections have exposed a rift between voters and the country's political elite that will undermine US attempts to stabilise the country before its troops start to leave in nine months.
  • With US forces due to start withdrawing in July next year, early indications of electoral flaws underscore just how far the country's frail institutions are from meeting the West's reform timetable.
  • "People have no hope for democracy, for changing their government," said Said Sharif Hasheme, a parliamentary candidate in Kabul.