Tomas menaces Haiti
Already devastated this year by a killer earthquake and a deadly cholera outbreak, Haiti is bracing for Hurricane Tomas, which could dump 15 inches of rain and trigger deadly flash floods and mudslides.
Aid workers are already struggling to keep up with the cholera outbreak, which has killed nearly 450 people and hospitalized about 7,000 others. The bacterial disease causes diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to deadly dehydration within hours.
Workers are struggling to move thousands of people still living in tent camps to higher ground and away from coastal areas as the storm nears. Tomas became a Category 1 hurricane as it approached Haiti early Friday, forecasters said.
Obama heads for India
President Obama leaves for India on Friday to launch a 10-day Asian trip intended to expand export markets and strengthen security cooperation in what he considers a region vital to U.S. interests.
Despite the global recession, India's economy is expected to grow at about 8 percent a year for the next few years. U.S. exports to India have quadrupled to about $17 billion over the last seven years, according to administration officials, and Obama will be addressing the U.S.-India Business Council.
He will also visit New Delhi's Gandhi Museum, a shrine to Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, whom Obama has often said he admires.
Deliberation and sentencing in two cases
A former transit police officer who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of an unarmed man in Oakland, California, will be sentenced Friday.
Johannes Mehserle, who is white, fatally shot Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man, on January 1, 2009, while attempting to arrest him on a subway platform. A jury's decision not to convict Mehserle of more serious crimes led to street protests that resulted in about a dozen arrests.
Meanwhile, a Connecticut jury begins deliberations Friday on whether Steven Hayes should be sentenced to life in prison or put to death. Hayes was convicted of killing two sisters and their mother during a 2007 home invasion.
Hayes was convicted last month of 16 of the 17 charges against him, including nine counts of murder and capital murder and four counts of kidnapping. Prosecutors allege that Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky invaded the Petit home in Cheshire, beat Dr. William Petit, raped and strangled his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, sexually molested one of their two daughters, set the house afire and tried to flee.
Fort Hood rampage anniversary
Texas' Fort Hood community on Friday will start a series of events to mark the first anniversary of a shooting rampage that left 13 dead.
The base will hold a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting on November 5 last year. An afternoon ceremony will pay tribute to the shooting victims and 54 soldiers and civilians whose actions went beyond the call of duty.
On Saturday, the base will host a one-mile run, a 5K run and a half-marathon. Mile markers of the half-marathon route will have placards bearing photos of the 13 victims.
The Army opened a hearing last month for Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the rampage.