After killing more than 80 people in the Caribbean over the past few days, Tropical Storm Noel is moving north this morning and taking aim at the Bahamas. Parts of southeastern Florida are now under tropical-storm warnings, although the 60-mph system, given its current track, is not expected to make landfall in the United States.
Hollywood screenwriters are now one step closer to striking. Talks between representatives of the main writers and producers unions have apparently ground to a halt, prompting speculation that a strike could be declared within the next few days. Late-night talk shows and popular comedy-news acts like The Colbert Report would most likely be affected.
The fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis continues to deepen, according to troubling new housing data released today. The new report, from mortgage data company RealtyTraq, shows that foreclosure filings in the third quarter were up 100 percent from a year ago and more than 33 percent from last quarter.