New tropical storm forms in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, but the system is far from land. Earl has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is expected to become a hurricane by Friday. Also in the open Atlantic, Hurricane Danielle has reached Category 2 status with winds over 100 mph. It is moving northwest and may reach Bermuda over the next several days. In the Pacific, Hurricane Frank is off Mexico's coast, with maximum sustained winds near 75 mph. Frank could get stronger as it moves north-northwest away from Mexico.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Woman returns home full of nails
A Sri Lankan maid returned from her job in Saudi Arabia with 24 nails inside her body — the result of torture by the family who employed her, a doctor and government official said Wednesday. L.G. Ariyawathi's body is riddled with needles and nails, which are scheduled to be removed Friday, a doctor confirmed Wednesday. Ariyawathi, 49, returned to Sri Lanka on Saturday from Saudi Arabia and was hospitalized the next day with severe pain, media reports. said.
Laptop laid bare defense secrets
The Pentagon says a foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Defense Department computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop. The incident took place in 2008 in the Middle East and was disclosed in a magazine article by Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn and released by the Pentagon Wednesday. Which spy agency was involved was not revealed. Lynn said a "malicious code" on the flash drive spread undetected on both classified and unclassified Pentagon systems, "establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead," for stealing military secrets. He did not say what information was taken.
Royalty turns out for wedding
Prince Nikolaos, the second son of former King Constantine of Greece, married a fashion events planner on Wednesday in a ceremony on a southern Greek island attended by royals from across Europe. The 40-year-old prince wed Tatiana Blatnik, 29, in a monastery near the old port of Stepses island. The Greek Orthodox service was attended by Spanish Queen Sofia — Constantine's sister — Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Letizia. Royals from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands also were present.
Bonneville Salt Flats: A team of Ohio State University students has built the fastest electric car on the planet, sending the Buckeye Bullet across the Utah flats at speeds averaging 307 mph.
WASHINGTON: Former Republican National Committee chairman and George W. Bush campaign chairman Ken Mehlman, 44, tells the Atlantic magazine that he recently concluded he is gay and wants to become an advocate for gay marriage.
ABUJA, Nigeria: All of Nigeria is at risk in a cholera epidemic that has killed 352 people in three months time, health officials warned Wednesday.
LONDON: Mary Bale, caught on camera dumping a neighbor's cat into the garbage and leaving it for 15 hours, has apologized for "misjudgment."