Hurricane Earl – With North Carolina's Outer Banks in its sights, large and powerful Hurricane Earl prepared Thursday to take a swipe at the Eastern Seaboard. Hurricane warnings and watches stretched from North Carolina to Delaware as well as covering parts of Massachusetts.
President Obama signed a disaster declaration for North Carolina on Wednesday evening. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also signed an emergency declaration earlier Wednesday. Hurricane models have the Category 4 storm passing close to the Outer Banks on Thursday night, the National Hurricane Center said. Check out the projected path, pictures, and video
T.I., wife arrested – Police arrested rapper T.I. and his wife in California after they were allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. The couple was arrested late Wednesday during a traffic stop in Los Angeles, according to a police report.
The arrest comes after a busy schedule for the rapper. He was released from prison on weapons charges not long ago, married his girlfriend and starred in the hit movie "Takers."
Capping the oil – Crews are expected to try to remove the blowout preventer on BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, said Thad Allen, the government's point man on the oil disaster. But first, crews must pull a capping stack on top of the ruptured well, which was used to help seal it. The cap is expected to be off Thursday afternoon.
Officials plan to detach the blowout preventer from the well and replace it with a new one, a procedure aimed at paving the way for a final fix. But the effort to seal the ruptured oil well permanently has stalled because of turbulent seas.
Mideast peace talks – Direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians will start Thursday as President Obama urged both sides to come up with a peaceful solution to the long-running Mideast conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to play the main role in the talks by hosting a meeting Thursday at the State Department with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The two sides will be relaunching talks that have been stalled for a year and a half.