Storm watch posted for part of N.C. coast
A disorganized Tropical Storm Danny slowly wobbled westward Thursday. But forecasters still expected it to veer north and skirt the Northeast coast — though likely not as a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center in Miami posted a tropical storm watch at 5 p.m. Thursday for a portion of coastal North Carolina. New England could be bracing for a possible landfall or blustery sideswipe by Saturday. Danny's center was more than 400 miles off the Florida coast and north of Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. It was drifting west at just 2 mph. Its strongest winds were estimated at 50 mph, down 10 mph from the morning. By late today, forecasters said, Danny's core could be passing near or over Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Students found slain in forest
Authorities said Thursday that two Virginia Tech University students were found slain in the Jefferson National Forest. Montgomery sheriff's Lt. Brian Wright said a passer-by found the bodies of David Lee Metzler and Heidi Lynn Childs on Thursday morning. Both appeared to have been shot. Metzler and Childs were 19-year-old students from Lynchburg who lived off campus. Wright said Metzler's body was found inside a car and Childs was found outside. Both were taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for autopsies.
Governor protests 'selective outrage'
Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday that state Sen. David Thomas shouldn't single him out by investigating his travels after other governors bought pricey flights for years. A letter the Republican governor sent to Thomas points out hundreds of expensive airline tickets bought for state officials under his three predecessors' administrations. Sanford's travels and use of state aircraft have come under greater scrutiny after he disappeared for five days in June and returned to confess an affair with an Argentine woman. Thomas, R-Fountain Inn, is running for the U.S. House.
Suicide attack kills 18 security officers
A suicide bombing at the main border crossing for NATO convoys traveling between Pakistan and Afghanistan killed at least 18 Pakistani security officers Thursday, according to witnesses and officials. The bomber blew himself up as guards were preparing to break their fast with the evening meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Also in the border region, two U.S. missiles hit a suspected militant compound, killing six people, the latest in a string of such attacks, intelligence officials said.
Taiwan: China on Thursday denounced Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the self-ruled island, casting a shadow over rapidly improving relations between Taipei and Beijing.
Somalia: Pirates holding a hijacked ship off the coast of Somalia fired at a U.S. Navy helicopter as it made a surveillance flight over the vessel, the Navy said Thursday. The helicopter, which is based on the USS Chancellorsville, was not hit and there were no injuries, the Navy said.