Washington and World

Honor Ronald Reagan

* Leaders from around the world are in Washington for the first presidential funeral in the nation's capital in 31 years.

A state funeral for Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. president, was held last night in the Capitol Rotunda. Reagan's body was flown here from California yesterday and was escorted to the Capitol on a horse-drawn caisson (a type of wagon).

A religious service for the former president, who died Saturday at age 93, will take place tomorrow at Washington National Cathedral. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher are among the dozens of current and onetime international leaders here to honor Reagan.

President Bush will deliver the main speech at Friday's funeral. The nation's four living ex-presidents -- including Bush's father, who was Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989 -- have been invited to the cathedral service, which is closed to the public.

However, the public may view the casket all day today in the Capitol, where Reagan is lying in state. After tomorrow's service, the body will be flown back to California for burial at the Reagan presidential library north of Los Angeles.

Volcanoes Rumble

* Hot ash and blinding smoke continue to spew from volcanoes in Indonesia's "ring of fire," home to more than 100 active volcanoes.

Rocks the size of footballs were hurled from Mount Bromo on Tuesday, killing at least two people. Three other people are missing, but rescuers said it is still too dangerous to send out a search party.

Eruptions from a second volcano, Mount Awu, forced the evacuation of 20,000 people from their homes on the island of Sangihe. The mountain has a deadly past: Nearly 3,000 people died when it blew in 1812.