Tea Party victories - The Tea Party movement basked in the glow of victory Wednesday after its favorites won two primary elections the night before over more mainstream Republicans, demonstrating again the clout of the political right.
Now the question is whether the right-wing candidates can also defeat Democratic rivals in November's congressional elections, when the stakes are higher and the full electorate is deciding.Â The result highlighted the last major day of primary voting before the upcoming election in just under seven weeks. We take a look at the result and impact of the big races in Delaware, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C. and New York, as well as why the wins meant a big night for Sarah Palin.
Gulf oil and BP - Outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward was due to appear Wednesday before a British parliamentary committee investigating the implications of the Gulf oil disaster on deepwater drilling.
Meanwhile, researchers in the Gulf of Mexico say they found an oily layer as thick as two inches coating the sea floor in some places, and they believe it may be from the BP spill.
Hurricane Karl –– Tropical Storm Karl approached hurricane strength as it closed in on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.
A tropical storm warning was in place from Chetumal to Cabo Catoche. A tropical storm watch was called for northern Belize. At 5 a.m. ET, Karl had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph) and it was traveling west-northwest at 13 mph (21 kph), gaining 20 mph overnight. A storm becomes a hurricaneÂ when it reachesÂ sustained winds of 75 mph.