Tropical Storm Erika strengthened late Tuesday after forming hours earlier in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 11 p.m
Hurricane Jimena — a powerful Category 4 storm with winds of 145 mph (230 kph) — moved across the Pacific Monday toward the southern portion of Baja California, forecasters said. As of early Monday, Jimena was about 395 miles (635 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center
The world’s population is forecast to hit 7 billion next year, the vast majority of its growth coming in developing and, in many cases, the poorest nations, a report released Wednesday said. A staggering 97 percent of global growth over the next 40 years will happen in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Population Reference Bureau’s 2009 World Population Data Sheet.
Sandra Bullock will surely be popping open the champagne as her new romantic comedy, "The Proposal," accepted the top spot at the box office this weekend by grossing $34.1 million, according to early estimates by Hollywood.com Box Office. Not only did “The Proposal” win the weekend, but it was by far the best opening of Bullock’s career, nearly doubling the opening of her previous best, “Premonition,” which debuted to $17.6 million in 2007
At least 87 people have been killed in a powerful cyclone that slammed Bangladesh and neighboring India, officials said Tuesday. Some 59 deaths occurred in Bangladesh when Cyclone Aila struck Monday, said Sultanul Islam Chowdhury, a deputy secretary with the country’s ministry of food and disaster management. More than 2.4 million people have been affected and at least 34,000 homes destroyed, he said.