August 29th, 2010
09:02 PM ET

Families mourn loved ones pulled from Pakistan floodwaters

Dargahi Mirani is typically a fisherman by trade, but in the midst of devastating floods in Pakistan, local villagers have been turning to him not for his daily catch, but for help in retrieving their loved ones' bodies from the floodwaters.

Mirani says he's lost count of how many he's found, estimating the number to be 16 or 17.

The death toll from the massive flooding has climbed to 1,639, but government officials say the number could rise substantially as the floodwaters recede and more bodies surface.


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August 29th, 2010
06:58 PM ET

Earl a hurricane, Danielle no threat, rain to south China

On Sunday Earl intensified and became the third hurricane of the 2010 season in the Atlantic basin.

As of 5 p.m. ET, Hurricane Earl was centered 385 km (240 miles) east of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph (85 mph). A hurricane warning in is effect for the northern Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands and a hurricane watch is in place for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In addition to strong winds, all of these areas will likely see 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) of rain, with higher elevations possibly receiving up to 300 mm (12 inches). That much rain has the potential to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. FULL POST

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Filed under: Weather • World
August 29th, 2010
06:22 PM ET

Japan wins Little League World Series

A team from Japan defeated the squad from Waipahu, Hawaii, on Sunday in the championship game of the Little League World Series. The score was 4-1.

First baseman Konan Tomori drove in three runs and pitcher Ryusuke Ikeda struck out five batters in three innings to ice the win for Japan at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The win by an international team breaks a five-year winning streak by U.S. teams. The last time a Japanese team had won the tournament was 2003.

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Filed under: Baseball • Japan • Sports • U.S.
August 29th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Union rep: Stabbed NY cabbie frets about money

New York cab driver Ahmed Sharif shows his wounds after being attacked by a passenger last week.

New York cab driver Ahmed Sharif cannot bring himself to talk about the young man who cut his throat and nearly killed him last week, a taxi union representative said Sunday.

"Ahmed is a strong man, but mentally he has limits," said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. "The trauma he's experienced will last for a long time."

Desai spent hours this weekend with Sharif. She said his most pressing worry is how he'll provide for his wife and four children - including a 10-month-old –without a job. Sharif is receiving 2/3 of his salary, about $30,000 a year, in workers' compensation. Union members do not get health insurance or disability payments, Desai said.

"My guess is that he'll be unable to work for at least four months," Desai said. "He can't even pick up his baby because of the wounds to his arms. He can't turn his neck."


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August 29th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Earl becomes hurricane, churns toward Leeward Islands

Forecast to gain "major" Category 3 status, Hurricane Earl was bearing down on the northern Leeward Islands Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Earl became a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday. As of 11 a.m. ET, its center was located about 225 miles (360 kilometers) east of Antigua and about 315 miles (510 kilometers) east of St. Martin. Packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and higher gusts, Earl was heading westward at near 17 mph (28 kph).

A hurricane warning was in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, forecasters said. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning was in effect for the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including the islands of Culebra and Vieques.

Tropical storm-force conditions were forecast in the warning area later Sunday, with hurricane conditions expected early Monday, forecasters said. Tropical storm conditions were expected to spread across the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday, with hurricane conditions possible on Monday night.


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August 29th, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Stories from Hurricane Katrina, five years later

5 Years Later: Hearing the people, seeing the places hit by Hurricane Katrina

Less than a month before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Cynthia Morrison decided to buy a house in the city. Five months after the storm, she returned and began to rebuild, as did so many who have given all to the city they love.

"I felt like New Orleans was a person that I had just let go, somebody that I loved, and I felt like I had to come back," Morrison said. "I really felt like I didn't have a choice. I couldn't see myself happy anywhere else." READ MORRISON'S ENTIRE STORY

On Sunday, the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall, President Obama will travel to New Orleans to give a speech at Xavier University. READ FULL STORY ABOUT OBAMA'S TRIP

The president is likely to be shown how the city and areas ravaged by the storm have been given loving care over the years, and spots that remain unchanged. CNN's iReporters pitched in to create a visually stunning portrait of what hurricane damaged streets and homes looked like then and now. Ray Nagin, the controversial mayor of New Orleans when Katrina hit, also looks back, remarking to CNN "I have given my pound of flesh." 

Many more stories to come today. Go to for continuing coverage of the anniversary.

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Filed under: Hurricane Katrina • Louisiana
August 29th, 2010
07:46 AM ET

Trapped miners expected to talk to families

The 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for more than three weeks could have a chance to talk directly with family members for the first time Sunday. A communication line will be set up Sunday to allow family members to speak with miners below, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told reporters.

Family members have mounted a constant vigil in a tent city - dubbed Camp Hope - outside the copper and gold mine in the Chilean desert. A week ago, miners first sent up a written message telling rescuers they had been safely huddled in a shelter 2,300 feet (701 meters) below the surface since the August 5 mine cave-in.


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