Labor Day travel expected to fall
MIAMI — Falling gas prices might not be enough to entice people to travel this Labor Day weekend. About 34.4 million people are projected to travel at least 50 miles from home — a 1.1 percent decline from Labor Day 2007. Travel over Memorial weekend and Independence Day 2008 was also down compared to last year, according to auto club AAA.
Memorial honors Ohio congresswoman
CLEVELAND — Former President Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Barack Obama were among those who paid tribute Saturday to the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio's first black congresswoman, who was remembered as a pioneering spirit, loyal friend and dedicated public servant. Clinton called Jones one of his family's closest advocates and advisers, recalling how she tirelessly worked to help Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed presidential bid, even as it was in its final stages. "You have given me and my family more, you have given your people and this country more than you will ever know," Clinton said. Tubbs Jones died Aug. 20 at age 58 of a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm. "If this work was hard or overwhelming, if she ever felt any loneliness in so often being the first, you never would've known it," Obama said. "Because Stephanie was not a complainer. She always had that big smile, even when times were tough."
Earthquake kills 22 in Southwest China
BEIJING — A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern Sichuan province Saturday, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100, state media said. Rescue teams were headed to the quake-hit area but heavy rains and the region's rugged terrain hampered their efforts, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The quake killed 17 people in Sichuan and five others in the neighboring province of Yunnan, Xinhua said. Nearly 1,000 houses were destroyed in Panzhihua, and it was not known how many people were buried in the rubble, the report said.
Herald-Leader wire services