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Hurricane Beta reaches Category 3 intensity

(CNN) -- Hurricane Beta inched toward the Nicaraguan coast early Sunday, reaching Category 3 intensity -- including maximum sustained winds of 115 mph -- with landfall only hours away, the National Hurricane Center said.

Beta increased to Category 2 late Saturday and then intensified to Category 3 within hours. Some fluctuations in intensity were possible as landfall approached, the center said. "Beta is expected to make landfall near the threshold between Category 2 and 3 intensity."

At 4 a.m. Sunday, Beta's center was located about 70 miles south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and about 140 miles south of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border. It was heading west-southwest at near 8 mph, and Beta's eye was expected to move over Nicaragua's east coast later Sunday morning, the center said. Rainbands associated with Beta were affecting the coast of Nicaragua early Sunday. (Posted 4:25 a.m.)

Police: 61 dead in New Delhi blasts; Indian officials blame terrorists

NEW DELHI (CNN) -- Stores in marketplaces struck by explosions reopened after cleanup Sunday, expecting a busy shopping day as New Delhi residents prepare for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

At least 61 people were killed and 188 wounded Saturday when three blasts ripped through the city -- two at marketplaces and one on a bus in a neighborhood. Government officials called the blasts the work of terrorists, but named no groups, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Police offered a reward -- the equivalent of $2,400 -- for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

The explosions were at three locations in Delhi: two marketplaces and on a bus in the neighborhood of Govindpuri. There were no fatalities on the bus because its driver and conductor, after seeing a suspicious black bag, began herding passengers off, police said. Authorities were asking Sunday for people on that bus to come forward with any information. (Posted 4:24 a.m.)

Death toll in India train derailment rises to 110

(CNN) -- At least 110 people were dead and 92 people injured after a passenger train derailed as it attempted to cross tracks washed away by a flood, officials said early Sunday.

The derailment happened early Saturday in the Andhra Pradesh state near the town of Valigonda, as the train was crossing a bridge flanking a reservoir. Seven coaches of the 15-coach train went into the water. Rescue workers used trains to retrieve them and acetylene torches to cut them open.

The updated death toll came from Krishnaiah Panabaka, chief public relations officer for India's state-run South Central Railway. Fifty-five bodies have been released to relatives, officials said.

Andhra Pradesh has been experiencing torrential rains after a slow-moving tropical depression made landfall there on Friday. There have been reports of other railway lines and roads washed away. (Posted 2:22 a.m.)

Nicaragua begins evacuations as Hurricane Beta nears coast

(CNN) -- Nicaragua on Saturday began moving thousands of coastal residents from their wooden homes to sturdier buildings inland as it braced for the arrival of Hurricane Beta, which the country's meteorologists predicted would barrel ashore overnight at Puerto Cabezas.

The forecasters at the Institute of Nicaragua and Territorial Studies expected Beta to strengthen from its Category 1 hurricane status, with winds of 74 mph to 95 mph, to a Category 2, 96 mph to 110 mph, by the time it makes landfall.

By 8 p.m., the Nicaraguan army had evacuated about 8,000 people, journalist Rosemary Thornton told CNN from Managua. President Enrique Bolanos upgraded the nation's weather warning system from yellow to red about 7 p.m., indicating imminent danger, she said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted in its 8 p.m. advisory that Beta was on a course that should push the core of the storm near the northeastern coast of Nicaragua and nearby islands late Saturday or early Sunday. (Posted 9:56 p.m.)

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