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Hurricane Rachel churns in Pacific off Mexico MEXICO CITY: Tropical Storm Rachel strengthened to hurricane force Saturday as it swirled off Mexico's Pacific coast, a region already buffeted by major storms this season.The US National Hurricane Center said Rachel, a category one hurricane, is located about 460 miles (740 kilometers) southwest of the Baja California peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour.Rachel is the 12th storm of the eastern north Pacific season, the Miami-based NHC said.There were no coastal warnings in effect late Saturday, and it was too early to know if Rachel will make landfall, but Pacific coast residents were praying for calmer weather as they continue to rebuild from Hurricane Odile.Odile, which hit two weeks ago, brought chaos to idyllic beaches in Los Cabos and nearby areas, knocking out power, destroying wooden homes in poorer neighborhoods and sparking a wave of looting in shops.Last weekend, resident of the same area ...

Storms damage Phoenix airport LOS ANGELES: Severe storms hit Phoenix's international airport on Saturday, briefly grounding flights, the airport announced on Twitter. Phoenix Sky Harbor airport's sustained damage to its roof and some walls, US media reported, leading the airport to stop flight operations.Less than an hour later, the airport said: "Flights have resumed at Sky Harbor but more than 30 inbound flights were diverted to other airports." Local media reported that the airport terminal in the southwestern US ...
US flight chaos after Chicago air-traffic control arson CHICAGO: Hundreds of flights were grounded at two major Chicago airports Friday after an employee at an air traffic control center lit a fire and tried to commit suicide, officials said.Air transit into and out of the city's bustling O'Hare International and Midway airports was completely shut down as a result of the blaze at the Federal Aviation Administration's facility in the town of Aurora, Illinois.Almost 2,000 flights were canceled, including more than 1,500 from ...
Chelsea Clinton gives birth to daughter NEW YORK: Chelsea Clinton announced Saturday the birth of her first-born child, daughter Charlotte, in comments promptly retweeted by her parents and fellow White House occupants."Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky," Chelsea Clinton wrote on Facebook.The message was also posted on Twitter.The former first daughter, 34, frequently tipped to follow her parents into politics, left her position as NBC special ...
US warns of new sanctions on South Sudan leaders NEW YORK: The United States warned Thursday of possible new sanctions on South Sudanese leaders as President Salva Kiir snubbed talks in New York on the nine-month conflict wracking his country.Instead, Kiir sent his foreign minister to join the discussion on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly."There was a lot of disappointment expressed in the meeting that Salva Kiir, who is New York, did not attend the meeting," a senior State Department official told ...
Wildfire 'larger than Las Vegas' rages in California LOS ANGELES: California firefighters were Tuesday battling a wildfire that is larger than Las Vegas, with the US state officially facing one of its worst years for the blazes in recent memory.Nearly 7,500 firefighters are struggling with the so-called King Fire east of Sacramento, which has forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate.The wildfire is only 35 percent contained and is threatening thousands of buildings and homes.California is currently in the third year of its worst ...
Los Cabos celebrity haunt races to recover from storm SAN JOSE DEL CABO: Mexico's popular Los Cabos beach resort, a favorite haunt of US tourists and celebrities, is scrambling to clean up the destruction left by Hurricane Odile before its peak season starts.Odile caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the picturesque Baja California peninsula, leaving plenty of work to do if the region is to remain Mexico's number-two tourist destination after Cancun and the Riviera Maya, with two million annual visitors.Less than ...


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