Once again, we start with news from the Gulf of Mexico...
*After visiting Mexico as a hurricane, the remnants of what is now Tropical Storm Karl are working its way up the Texas Coast, bringing heavy but much needed rain to that region.
*Meanwhile, British Petroleum has begun pumping cement into the Deepwater Horizon to hopefully seal it off permanently.
*Hurricane Igor is approaching Bermuda! Residents have hopefully taken all necessary precautions. Both it and Hurricane Julia are expected to go up the Atlantic Ocean afterwards. The next storm names, if needed, will be Lisa, Matthew, and Nicole.
*Chile celebrates its bicentennial!
*Pope Benedict XVI, on the first ever Papal visit to the United Kingdom, has been addressing Vatican policies, even apologizing to victims of sex abuse by priests, while authorities squashed a potential assassination attempt against the Roman Catholic Church leader.
*The shareholders of Continental and United Airlines have agreed to a proposed merger of the two companies. The move is still waiting Federal Trade Commission approval.
ON THE POLITICAL SCENE...
*Afghan voters are going to the polls today to elect new members of their Parliament, despite Taliban threats and attacks upon polling places.
*The French Parliament has passed what some consider a controversial measure banning the wearing of face veils in public.
*The citizens of Turkey have allegedly passed a referendum to legally make changes to their constitution.
*Although Christine O'Donnell won the Republican Primary in hopes of officially becoming a Congressional Senator from Delaware after the general elections this November, the GOP is NOT happy because Ms. O'Donnell is actually a member of the Tea Party, who are celebrating their first major primary victory ever.
*Despite the fact that North Korea's Worker's Party claims they only canceled their political convention due to Typhoon Kompasu, that still has led some to speculate as to the current health status of Kim Jong-il.
*The Presidential run off election has been temporarily postponed due to the untimely death of Ben Sekou Sylla, the chief of Guinea's electoral commission.
*Joe Torre has announced that he will be stepping down as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of the season. While he has not announced his future plans yet, his assistant Don Mattingly will be overseeing the team for the 2011 season.
IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS...
*Lindsay Lohan failed a court mandated drug test. The judge's ruling on this is pending.
*George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in prison by a London judge for driving while under the influence of cannabis.
*Paris Hilton has struck a plea bargain agreement with Nevada prosecutors to avoid jail time after drugs were found in her vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
*With Friday's episode, the soap opera As The World Turns concluded a 54 year run on CBS. The network will be replacing the program with a talk show designed to compete with ABC's The View.
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