Emergency water rescue crews ferry guests after heavy rains and flooding trapped them at their hotel in San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 22. Virtually the entire state has been affected by the storms that began Dec. 17, dumping rain from far Northern California south to San Diego. Mike Blake/Reuters
A worker removes a large tree from a home on Oletha Lane in the Beverly Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 21. Jason Redmond/AP
Residents Bob Lee (l.) and Rick Schaeffer walk in flooded waters to secure a van and prevent it from going into a river in Silverado Canyon, Calif., on Dec. 22. Storm runoff and mud have prompted the evacuation of about 30 people in the area. Alex Gallardo/AP
A passing motorist splashes water on a pedestrian in Anaheim, Calif. on Dec. 20. A wet pre-winter storm dumped as much as seven inches of rain on parts of southern California, causing flooding, car accidents, and a few minor mudslides, but forecasters warn the bad weather's real impact may be yet to come. Bruce Chambers/The Orange County Register/AP
Ayman Soliman helps his mother, Samia Soliman, as they try to keep dry on their way to the Long Beach State School of Nursing graduation in Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 19. Jeff Gritchen/Long Beach Press-Telegram/AP
A pedestrian walks through a flooded gutter in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 20. Damian Dovarganes/AP
A car drives through a flooded area during a rain storm in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 20. Jae C. Hong/AP
Pedestrians walk through rising water as they catch a city bus in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 20. Damian Dovarganes/AP
A rock slide is seen along the Pacific Coast Highway at the Ventura County line in California on Dec. 20. Nick Ut/AP
A small mudslide blocks the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Capistrano Beach, Calif., on Dec. 20. Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register/AP
Visitors to Disneyland leave the park after a rain storm in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 20. Bruce Chambers/The Orange County Register/AP
A man walks across an intersection during a rain storm in La Crescenta, Calif., on Dec. 20. Jae C. Hong/AP
A woman peers out from under her umbrella in the rain as she waits to cross the street while shopping at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., on Dec. 20. Danny Moloshok/AP
President Obama addressed concerns that Washington seems to give its most important Arab ally a pass on the terrorist funding that flows from the kingdom and about human rights abuses.
ByJulie Pace, Associated Press
President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah.