Wilma kills 10, leaves 3 million without power


Wilma kills 10, leaves 3 million without power — From Cancun to Key West and Marco Island to Miami, people are mopping up water and sweeping up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, which is now churning in the Atlantic. (CNN)

Wilma among top three most costly storms — Hurricane Wilma pounded Florida’s most developed region, stretching from Miami to West Palm Beach, which could turn it into one of the most costly storms in U.S. history. (CNN/Money)

Stranded tourists’ nerves fray at Cancun — Mexican President Vicente Fox toured this battered tourism mecca Monday and said it could reopen for business in time for the popular winter season — a forecast Cancun’s mayor doubted. (USA Today)

Alpha leaves eight dead in Haiti — Alpha, the Atlantic season’s record-breaking 22nd named storm, left at least eight people dead and 23 missing in Haiti before moving north into the Atlantic Ocean and weakening into a tropical depression, authorities said Monday. (AP)

Indonesia reports another bird flu death — Indonesia said on Tuesday testing had confirmed that a man who died in September was positive for bird flu, raising the number of deaths from the virus in the country to four. (CNN)

Step right up, the fares are down — With fuel prices soaring and the holiday season approaching, leisure travelers are starting to grumble about higher fares. But business travelers, far from feeling the pain, are enjoying one of the longest periods of generally falling prices in recent memory. (The New York Times)

Hotels try to make your stay personal — Tales abound of hotels going to extremes to cater to celebrity guests’ whims. But, increasingly, hotels are giving business travelers the kind of personal attention and recognition once afforded only to the rich and famous. (USA Today)

Oil moves above $60, seeks signals on demand — Oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Tuesday, with traders seeking new clues on U.S. oil demand after Hurricane Wilma bypassed oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)

Powerful nor’easter hits New England
— A nor’easter settled over New England early Tuesday, bringing high winds, heavy rains, coastal flooding and maybe even snow to parts of southern New England later in the day. (AP)

Wilma creates problems for airlines, travelers — Along with creating billions in insured damage, swiping electricity from millions of Floridians and killing at least six people, Hurricane Wilma also created major problems for air travelers on both domestic and international routes. (AP)

Ben Franklin’s 300th anniversary celebration under way in Philly — The celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth is underway, launched by the re-enactment of his arrival in Philadelphia and the December kickoff of a traveling museum exhibit and other events. (AP)

Suspect bomb parts at airport were toy — San Diego airport’s commuter terminal was evacuated on Tuesday after baggage screeners found what initially appeared to be bomb components but turned out to be a toy, security officials said. (Reuters)

Bomb threats hit two LA airports — Two Los Angeles-area airports received bomb threats early on Tuesday morning but searches turned up no explosives. A bomb threat delayed flights at the Long Beach airport and a separate threat at nearby John Wayne Airport was resolved before flights were due to begin, officials said. (Reuters)

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