Hurricane Stan Attacks Mexico

  • At least 66 people have died, most of them in landslides in El Salvador, as Hurricane Stan attacked Mexico and Central America Tuesday and overnight Wednesday. Meteorologists say Stan is creating separate storms across Central America and Southern Mexico, causing flooding and landslides. CBC News

  • Mayor Ray Nagin said on Tuesday the city is laying off as many as 3,000 employees - or about half the city's workforce - because of the damage done to New Orleans' finances by Hurricane Katrina. Nagin announced with "great sadness" that he had been unable to find the money to keep the workers on the payroll. News24

  • A call by President George W. Bush for Congress to give him the power to use the military in law enforcement roles in the event of a bird flu pandemic has been criticized as akin to introducing martial law. CNN News

  • Investigators were focusing on excess weight as a possible cause of the boat accident that killed 20 elderly people on a calm, clear day during a sightseeing tour on an Adirondack lake. Just days before the boat overturned, the Coast Guard began rethinking its per-passenger weight limits to take into account Americans' expanding waistlines. CTV News

  • The Iraq National Assembly voted on Wednesday to reverse last-minute changes it had made to voting rules leading up to the Oct. 15 constitutional referendum. The Assembly voted 119-28 to restore the original voting rules. CBC News

  • United States troops have killed 42 insurgents since the start of an operation in western Iraq near the Syrian border aimed at clearing the area of al-Qaeda fighters, the US military said. Full story

  • A Spanish court Wednesday convicted a man, known in the local media as the "Spanish Taliban," of membership in the al Qaeda terrorist group, and sentenced him to six years in prison, a court spokeswoman told CNN. CNN News

  • Election authorities investigated reports of vote fraud and audited results Wednesday after ballot-counting ended in Afghanistan's landmark parliamentary poll, officials said. The official election Web site showed powerful warlords, a former Taliban commander and women's activists among the front-runners set to win seats in the 249 Wolesi Jirga, or National Assembly. CTV News

  • Police in Northern Ireland have arrested six people they believe to be involved in the murder of Jim Gray. Gray, a former leader with the Ulster Defence Association was shot Tuesday outside a house in east Belfast. CBC News

  • A 10-year-old Australian told on Wednesday of being grabbed by a 3m crocodile while swimming in a remote lagoon 2 500km north of Perth in Western Australia. Chantal Burnup was saved by her father and her 14-year-old brother, who pummelled the reptile with his fists. News24

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