Hurricane-shortened Republican convention called to order

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republicans have gaveled to order their 2008 presidential nominating convention.

Gustav, rather than politics, is dominating the first day of the Republican convention.

The wife of John McCain and first lady Laura Bush are expected to use their speeches as a fundraising appeal for disaster relief.

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