More floodwater pumped out of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers pumped much of the remaining floodwater out of the city Saturday as tens of thousands of residents continued returning to dry neighborhoods to check on houses and reopen businesses.
Water was still being pumped out of the heavily flooded lower Ninth Ward. Officials expected the pumping to be completed by midweek, said Mitch Frazier, spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Police reported few problems as tens of thousands of residents poured into the city Saturday, a day after Mayor Ray Nagin reopened some neighborhoods.
So-called planet has a moon
LOS ANGELES - The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have another intriguing announcement: It has a moon.
While observing the new so-called planet from Hawaii last month, a team of astronomers led by Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology spotted a faint object trailing next to it. Because it was moving, astronomers ruled it was a moon and not a background star, which is stationary.
Same-sex couples seek civil union licenses in Conn.
HARTFORD, Conn. - After receiving their civil union license Saturday, Lidia Agramonte and Maria Gomez had all the same rights as a married couple in Connecticut.
The women were the first in line at Hartford City Hall as a new law allowing same-sex civil unions took effect. City halls in Hartford, Stamford, New Haven and a half-dozen small towns held special weekend hours to issue certificates.
Connecticut became the first state to legalize civil unions without being forced by the courts after lawmakers passed a law endorsing the unions in April.
Man questioned in Chicago deaths
CHICAGO - A man being questioned in the deaths of four family members whose bodies were found in an upscale suburban Chicago home is the son of two of the victims and the sibling of another, Wisconsin authorities said Saturday.
Eric C. Hanson, 28, was arrested on an Illinois warrant for intimidation and was being held in a Wisconsin jail, said Sheriff Steven Rowe of Columbia County, Wis.
He has not been charged in the deaths or named as a suspect. Illinois authorities would not confirm his identity or relation to the victims.
- From wire reports