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Storm Batters Southern France, Christmas Flights Cancelled

Powerful winds and torrential rain swept southern France on Wednesday, grounding flights and cutting off power to tens of thousands of homes.   About 120,000 homes across the country were without electricity on Christmas Day due to ruptured power lines and widespread flooding in the northwestern Brittany region, said France's ERDF power distributor.   The international airport at Nice was shut, with all incoming and outgoing flights canceled until at least 1200 GMT due to...

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