RAIN SPREAD along the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday as Hurricane Georges approached land, while the rest of the nation had a scattering of rain in the West, Midwest and Northeast. . . . NATURAL GAS supplies to the Australian state of Victoria were crippled Sunday after a series of explosions at a gas plant. . . . ELECTION OFFICIALS pronounced Vladivostok's long-delayed mayoral vote valid, despite complaints that the leading candidate had been stricken from Sunday's ballot at the last minute. . . . LIONS AT South Africa's Kruger National Park are dying of tuberculosis so widespread and severe that the entire population is at risk, the Sunday Times reported. A SOUTH KOREAN civic group shipped 104 milk cows to hunger-stricken North Korea Sunday.