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Tropical Storm Bonnie formed off the southeastern US coast Saturday, forecasters said, dashing beach plans for some Americans at the start of the long Memorial Day weekend. Heavy rain was spreading across coastal areas of South Carolina, with the National Hurricane Center warning that the storm could spawn isolated tornadoes later Saturday or early Sunday. Packing maximum sustained winds of some 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour), Bonnie was located about 125 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, at 2100 GMT, according to the latest bulletin from the Miami-based NHC.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A group of former presidents has held secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with Venezuelan officials and government opponents in an attempt to mediate the South American nation's political standoff.