U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Egyptians on Tuesday that "this moment of history belongs to you," and they should use it to build on the success of the revolution that ousted the country's longtime autocratic leaders and to embrace democratic reforms.
"Today, Egypt is rising. Egypt, the mother of the world, is now giving birth to democracy," Clinton said.
Making her first visit to what she called the "new Egypt," Clinton said the country's path to elections and greater freedom will be hard work but that America will help.
There's no mention of the crisis in Japan and what effect it may or may not have on the global economy, so in some sense the statement just released by policymakers at the Federal Reserve may be superseded in coming weeks as that event plays out.
The tsunami that devastated Japan also sent strong currents to California's northern coast, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage and leaving four coastal counties under a state of emergency.
Crescent City, Calif., near the Oregon border, ranks as the state's most productive seafood harbor. But with no place for fishing vessels to tie down, the entire commercial fishing industry is, for all practical purposes, dead.
"None of us knew each other beforehand," recalls singer Josiah Johnson. "I just happened to go to the same open mic. [Jonathan Russell] played some songs and I played some songs, then we started talking and hanging out."