Tropical storm forms off Southeast coast

MIAMI - Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Saturday the depression off the Southeast coast has strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal.

At 2 p.m., the center of the storm was about 100 miles east of Charleston, S.C., and about 225 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It was moving toward the northeast at about 7 mph and was expected to hug the Carolinas' coast during the next two days. Several inches of rain have already fallen in some areas along the North Carolina coast, and cities are under flood advisories as more rain is expected.

This is the first storm to threaten the U.S. this hurricane season.

Woman in baby mystery partially eviscerated

PITTSBURGH - An autopsy on a woman's body found in an apartment linked to a mystery newborn baby found that the woman was partially eviscerated and her uterus was cut open, authorities said Saturday.

The body was found Friday in an apartment of another woman who showed up at a hospital with a newborn she falsely claimed was hers.

Investigators were trying to determine the woman's identity, how she died and whether she was the mother of the baby that Andrea Curry-Demus allegedly told police she bought for $1,000.

The victim appeared to have been dead for about two days before she was found, Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl Williams said in a statement.

Plane overshoots O'Hare runway

CHICAGO - A Mexicana Airlines flight overshot a runway while landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Friday night and struck a safety barrier, injuring a flight attendant, authorities said.

Flight 802 was arriving from Mexico City just after 7 p.m. when it was stopped by a barrier of lightweight, crushable concrete blocks, authorities said.

The safety barrier, known as an arrestor bed, was specifically installed to stop planes that overshoot runways, said spokeswoman Karen Pride.

Qantas flight leaves LA after bomb threat

LOS ANGELES - A Qantas jetliner departed from Los Angeles for Australia after the airline and law enforcement authorities determined a bomb threat was a hoax.

The flight scheduled to leave for Sydney at 10 a.m. finally left at just after 11:30 p.m.

Qantas spokesman Lloyd Quartermaine said the threat that came as a phone call to law enforcement 'has been assessed as a hoax.' He said as a precaution Qantas worked with U.S. authorities to inspect the aircraft.

Blessed are the boxers, altered for wounded

CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Blessed are the boxer shorts.

Members of the St. James United Church of Christ in Michigan plan to take 150 boxer shorts to the altar today for a blessing. The shorts have been modified for wounded veterans who wear bulky prosthetics or braces on their legs.

About 15 women at St. James replaced the shorts' side seams with a fabric fastener for easy access.

Volunteer Kris Dombrowski said, 'If you have the need for special pants, you have the need for special boxer shorts.'

The boxers will go to an Ohio distribution center of Sew Much Comfort, a national volunteer group that adapts clothing for wounded troops.

Bees swarm motorists on New Jersey Turnpike

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike have to cope every day with traffic jams, pollution and even the occasional deer.

They ran into a new obstacle Saturday as thousands of honeybees swarmed around their vehicles.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Joseph Orlando said the swarm came from a beekeeper's beehive that apparently fell beside the highway in Cherry Hill. The Turnpike Authority was looking for a beekeeper to deal with the problem.

Bush: Congress could help ease gas prices

CRAWFORD, Texas - Responding to Americans' anger over gas prices and the housing bust, President Bush is stepping up pressure on Congress to open up offshore oil exploration and work to restore confidence in the housing finance industry.

'This is a challenging time for families across our nation,' Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. 'I know many families are worried about rising prices at the pump and declining home values.'

Bush recently lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling. He said it's Congress' turn to act.

'The only thing now standing between the American people and the vast oil resources of the Outer Continental Shelf is action from the United States Congress,' he said.