October 22nd, 2010
09:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Typhoon Megi, Haiti's Cholera outbreak

Typhoon hits Taiwan - Typhoon Megi advanced Friday in Asia, triggering rock slides that trapped more than 400 people in automobiles in Taiwan, officials said.

A tour bus was stuck on a cliff, with the driver and a passenger suspected still trapped inside, according to the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured or dead. Another tour bus, with 19 people aboard, was missing.

Soldiers were deployed to rescue those trapped, including about 200 visitors from China, said Cai Min, a spokesman for Taiwan's National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission. More than two dozen travelers had been rescued by Friday afternoon, officials said.

Megi, which killed at least 11 people in the Philippines, is expected to reach southern China early Saturday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti - A fast-moving cholera outbreak north of the Haitian capital has killed at least 138 people, a U.N. official said Friday.

Another 1,526 cases are also part of the outbreak, said Imogen Wall, the U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman in Haiti. All the cases have been reported in the Lower Artibonite region, north of Port-au-Prince, Wall said.

Where are Bush and Cheney? - Dick Cheney is certainly not one to hold back on how he really feels. George W. Bush, on the other hand, has been mum. Despite their differing approaches to handling the post-White House years, their absence on the campaign trail has been obvious, CNN.com's Ed Hornick reports.

While conservatives adore the former vice president, they understand that he is a polarizing figure, especially to independents, a vital voting bloc in any election, a conservative blogger says. Democratic strategist Mark Siegel said Bush's presence on the campaign trail would hurt the GOP candidates' message that they would govern differently than the previous administration.

Lohan's day in court - Lately, Lindsay Lohan has been no stranger to the courtroom. And Friday is no different. But it's a big day - one in which the actress will continue her drug rehab or go to jail again for violating her probation with a failed drug test.

Lohan acknowledged in a series of Twitter messages in September that she failed the test and has a drug problem. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox sent Lohan to jail four weeks ago, but another judge overturned the decision to deny the actress bail.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. JohnnyR

    Well at least 400 is a good number, that's a huge chunk of failed Taiwanese resturants that we won't have littering up America, and it even got some Chinese in there too. I think asian countries should visit Taiwan in typhoon season more often! After all, seeing Taiwanese stores and resturants in America is just a sign that you're entering yet another ghetto that we're trying to clean up and can't with these asians always around.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |

    JohnnyR, you should just shut up.

    October 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lilys

    JohnnyR, you impressed me by associating the sadness of a nature disaster, the lost of lives with your restaurant experience. If you are representing the voice of the Americans, we should be very worried.

    October 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |