Tropical Storm Cristobal forms off Southeast coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal, the first tropical storm to menace the Southeastern seaboard this hurricane season, sent outer bands of intermittent rain lashing the eastern Carolinas late Saturday as forecasters predicted it could dump several inches in some areas of drought-stricken North Carolina.

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was about 45 miles southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., and about 170 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The National Hurricane Center said Cristobal was moving northeast at about 6 mph with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph and some higher gusts.

HOUSTON

Investigators begin work at site of crane collapse

Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Saturday began trying to figure out why one of the world's largest mobile cranes toppled over, killing four contract workers and injuring seven others. The 30-story-tall crane, capable of lifting 1-million pounds, collapsed Friday at a LyondellBasell refinery in Houston, the latest of several deadly crane accidents around the country. It was owned by Deep South Crane & Rigging.

Pittsburgh

Woman in baby mystery was partially eviscerated

An autopsy on a woman's body found in an apartment linked to a mystery newborn baby found that the woman was partially eviscerated and her uterus was cut open, authorities said Saturday. The body was found Friday in an apartment of another woman who showed up at a hospital with a newborn she claimed was hers. Investigators were trying to determine the woman's identity, how she died and whether she was the mother of the baby that Andrea Curry-Demus allegedly told police she bought for $1,000.

Elsewhere

New York: Croatian terrorist Zvonko Busic has been granted parole and will be deported to his homeland after serving 30 years of a life prison term for hijacking a TWA airliner departing from LaGuardia Airport and planting a bomb that killed a New York City police officer in 1976.

San Francisco: A measure that aims to keep prostitutes from facing criminal charges qualified for the November ballot in San Francisco. The measure would bar authorities from spending money to investigate or prosecute people for engaging in prostitution.

Sacramento, Calif.: All but 38 of the more than 2,000 fires sparked after a lightning storm on June 20 have been extinguished around the state, leaving nearly 1,413 square miles of destruction in what officials say is the largest fire event in California history. "Overall we're seeing the conditions stabilize," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jason Kirchner said.

Times wires

Tropical Storm Cristobal forms off Southeast coast 07/19/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:37pm]

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