MIAMI

Tropical storms Danielle, Frank develop in oceans

Tropical Storm Danielle has formed in the Atlantic, but the system is still far from land.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Danielle had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and the storm is expected to strengthen over the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Frank developed in the Pacific off Mexico, and storm warnings have been issued for parts of the coast.

Forecasters said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It was about 130 miles south-southeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico, and it was moving west at 8 mph.

Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning for the coast from Puerto Angel west to Acapulco. Frank is forecast to move parallel to the coast through Tuesday.

CHICAGO

Blagojevich sees potential for comeback if vindicated

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich thinks a future in politics is still a possibility.

Blagojevich said he won’t rule out another run for political office if federal prosecutors fail to convict him at a second trial, according to an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

His comments came days after he was convicted of lying to federal agents. Jurors, however, deadlocked on 23 other more serious charges, including that he had tried to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat.

Federal prosecutors have said they will retry Blagojevich on those charges, but the former governor insisted that he will be vindicated.

A federal judge has scheduled a Thursday hearing to decide the manner and timing of a retrial.

“I didn’t lie to the FBI. And I’m not lying to you, and I’m not lying to the people,” Blagojevich told talk show host Chris Wallace.

When Wallace asked Blagojevich if he would run for office again, he answered, “If you’re asking me, do I believe that there’s a potential political comeback in the future, when I’m vindicated in this case, absolutely I do.”