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
US District Judge Thomas P. Griesa said Argentina's repeated efforts to avoid paying US bondholders was illegal conduct that could no longer be ignored.
ByLarry Neumeister, Associated Press
A judge, calling civil contempt a rarity, ruled that Argentina was in contempt of court on Monday for its open defiance of his orders requiring that US hedge funds holding Argentine bonds be paid the roughly $1.5 billion they are owed if the majority of the South American nation's bondholders are paid interest on their bonds.