LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Residents of some Western and Plains states
were digging out Friday after an early blast of snow. Meanwhile,
heavy rain and winds that toppled trees, power lines and church
steeples lashed parts of the South, leaving three people dead.
MANILA, Philippines — The fourth typhoon to lash the Philippines
in a month brought pounding rain and winds to the eastern coast
today as it barreled toward Manila along the same path as an
earlier storm that left the capital still partially submerged.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — A British woman who is being held by Somali
pirates with her husband after their yacht was hijacked said in a
phone call broadcast Friday that the couple were "bearing up," and
she described her captors as "very hospitable."
SAN DIEGO — The nighttime collision of a Coast Guard aircraft on
a rescue mission and a Marine helicopter left nine people feared
dead at sea Friday as investigators tried to solve the mystery of
how the air crews failed to see each other in a heavily used
NEW YORK — Americans are paying more for gasoline than they did
last year as the holidays approached — billions of dollars that
could go to books, clothes and Barbie dolls instead being spent at