Wednesday, July 19, 2006

National and International Headlines

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Americans today are boarding a cruise ship that will take them out of war-torn Lebanon. Women said tearful goodbyes to relatives, then clutched their children as they boarded. The U-S ambassador says more than one-thousand Americansare expected to leave Lebanon today.

UNDATED (AP) - On two fronts today, Israeli warplanes and tanks are on the move. Targets in southern Lebanon and Beirut were hit,with more civilian deaths. In Gaza, six Palestinian militants were killed. Both campaigns are aimed at winning the release of captured Israeli soldiers.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms have brought an end to the heat wave that has gripped the Northeast. It's going to be cooler and drier after five days of hot and muggy weather. Whether you traveled by air, rail or foot, it was slow going because of the heat.

PANANDARAN, Indonesia (AP) - The search for survivors from atsunami in Indonesia only yields more victims. The death toll is now at least 531 from Monday's tsunami, with more than 270 missing. Amateur video shows water bearing down on the beach in Java as children played in the surf.

YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have contained a nearly100 square-mile blaze in Southern California, but now there are fears of mudslides. There's a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms today. Nearly two weeks of fire have left nonporous ash that could turn into mudslides with enough rain.


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