Tropical Storm Alpha forms

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Alpha formed Saturday in the Caribbean, setting the record for the most number of storms in an Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters said.

Alpha is the season's 22nd tropical storm and marks the first time a letter from the Greek alphabet has been used because the list of storm names is used up. The previous record of 21 storms stood since 1933.

At 5 p.m., the storm had sustained winds of about 40 mph. Its was moving northwest at about 15 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Judge's politics questioned in DeLay case

AUSTIN, Texas - State District Judge Bob Perkins took a long vacation before settling in to oversee criminal proceedings that could bring down one of the Republican Party's biggest players - U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay.

When he returned to a media frenzy, he joked that he should have stayed in Italy.

It got more complicated Friday, when DeLay appeared in court on conspiracy and money laundering charges. DeLay's legal team filed motions asking the judge to recuse himself because of his multiple donations to Democratic candidates and organizations, including 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry and, a liberal interest group waging a "Fire Tom DeLay" campaign through radio ads.

Ceremony for slain girls draws Condoleezza Rice

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A ceremony Saturday marking a seminal event in the civil rights movement - a church bombing that killed four black girls - drew native daughter Condoleezza Rice, a friend of one of the victims.

In a park across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church, the secretary of state said that the act of terror - coming less than three weeks after Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech - was meant to "shatter our dreams. It was meant to say we couldn't rise up."

Losing lotto contract bidder won't appeal

HELENA, Mont. - A losing bidder for the Montana Lottery contract won't protest the state's award of a seven-year contract to another company, its attorney says.

Scientific Games International of Alpharetta has decided not to pursue a protest of the state's award of the new lottery contract to Intralot USA of Duluth, Ga.

Scientific Games now holds the contract but Intralot will take it over March 31.

- From wire reports