Hillary Clinton avoids overt criticism of Sarah Palin in Florida

Hillary Rodham ClintonNew York, Sept. 9: In her first campaign outing since the Democratic National Convention, New York’s junior Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, avoided criticizing new contender for female voters, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The Obama Campaign is seeing Clinton as the best counter to Palin as far as attracting the votes of white working women and mothers who supported her during the Democratic primaries.

Leading an evening rally in Tampa, Clinton, however, chose to use a line that she had used at two earlier events -- “No way, no how, no McCain — no Palin!”

Caribbean swept by Ike, Florida and Cuba on alert

Washington - Residents of the Caribbean Turks and Caicos islands began surveying damage on Sunday following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ike, as the "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm continued on its path toward Cuba and Florida Keys.

At 8 a.m. (1300 GMT) Ike had winds of over 215 kilometres per hour, just east of Grand Inagua in the Bahamas.

Residents of Turks and Caicos islands said on Sunday that the worst there had passed, but the damage looked "pretty huge."

Speaking to US news channel CNN, Audley Astwood, a reporter at a radio station on Grand Turk island said that "it looks very dismal outside."

Democrats seek unity amid terse Florida-Michigan fight

Washington - Supporters of presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton engaged in passionate, tense and at times testy exchanges over the disputed primaries of Florida and Michigan on Sa