A sprawling winter storm this weekend is expected to create a sluggish start for holiday travelers, spreading snow, ice, flooding rains and possibly tornadoes to parts of the country.
Officials see an accident, not foul play, in the explosions and fires that engulfed two fuel barges Wednesday night at river's edge in Mobile, Ala. They are waiting for the wreckage to cool to look for the cause of ignition.
Hurricane-strength gusts set loose a Carnival cruise ship which had been tethered to a dock in Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday. The ship, known as Triumph, is undergoing repairs following a February engine fire. No one was injured in Wednesday's incident; all crew members and contractors were accounted for.