Hurricane warnings are in effect for Atlantic - Caribbean Sea - Gulf of Mexico, Cayman Islands. Gustav swelled to a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph as it approaches western Cuba on a track to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast three years after Hurricane Katrina.
In New Orleans city officials detailed plans for an evacuation that could be called over the weekend, some residents weren't waiting to be told to leave. Storm warnings are in effect for Monroe county Florida as well.
Jacko the Big 5-0
Michael Jackson celebrated his 50th birthday.
Jackson says he gets "pretty emotional" when he sees his children having a wonderful time.
"I'll just have a little cake with my children and we'll probably watch some cartoons," the pop star said in an interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America." Jackson talked by phone with ABC on Thursday.
Jackson, a twice-divorced father of three, said he aims to provide a normal life for his children.
Dad gets sentenced for killing cat
First of all...what was he thinking? or was he?
An Indiana man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting he forced his 7-year-old daughter to stab the family cat to death.
During his sentencing he was "extremely sorry" for his actions. The judge in the case told him it wasn't "civilized conduct."
In exchange for a guilty plea on animal cruelty and two counts of neglect, prosecutors dropped three other felony charges against the 39-year-old man.
According to the ASPCA, in an affidavit filed Thursday in Delaware County alleges the man told his 11-year-old son and daughter he wanted them to "learn how to kill" and ordered them to kill the family's pet cat.
The siblings told police their father was drunk when they were dropped off for a visit at his Muncie residence, according to the affidavit. They said he is "a different person" when he's drunk.