Tropical Storm Hermine Forms In Gulf : The Two-Way Tropical Storm Hermine headed for Texas; bomber kills 17 in Pakistan; aftershocks in New Zealand; it's Labor Day.
NPR logo Tropical Storm Hermine Forms In Gulf

Tropical Storm Hermine Forms In Gulf

Good morning, and Happy Labor Day.

The eighth storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is off the Mexican coast and tropical storm warnings are posted for Texas. Hermine is projected to make landfall in northwest Mexico and barrel north through central Texas. But can you pronounce it? Here's the handy-dandy link and the cheat: (her-MEEN).


Workers clear rubble at the site of a suicide bombing at a police station in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan. G.A. Marwat/Associated Press hide caption

toggle caption
G.A. Marwat/Associated Press

At least 19 people have died after a suicide bomber crashed into a Pakistani police station in northwestern Pakistan. The bombing in the town of Lakki Marwat, about 120 miles south of Peshawar, killed police officers and school children. Similar violence had waned during August as people escaped flooding that surged toward the Arabian Sea. But today's attack follows a Friday bombing that killed 73 people in Quetta.


Two girls near a buckled foot bridge south of Christchurch, New Zealand. Rob Griffith/Associated Press hide caption

toggle caption
Rob Griffith/Associated Press

There've been more than 100 tremors since Saturday's shocking 7.1 quake off Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island. No one was killed, but damage was extensive and authorities believe 100,000 buildings are damaged in Christchurch, the country's second largest city. Many standing buildings may have to be pulled down. Prime Minister John Key warns the disaster will harm his country's economic recovery.  Christchurch is under emergency rule and the army is patrolling the city. Surprise: a record 21 babies were born in Christchurch's main hospital in the 24 hours after the quake.

Midwife Sally Strathdee and Nurse Megan Coleman at the Maternity Ward of the Christchurch Women's Hospital on September 6, 2010. GREG WOOD/Getty hide caption

toggle caption


The Labor Department points to new research by the New Jersey Historical Society suggesting Matthew Maguire, not Peter Maguire, may be the inspiration. The Bureau of Labor Statistics told us last Friday the August unemployment rate was 9.6%HT: Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post, who expounds on the numbers.