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  • Rebuilding after tornadoes: two designs that could save lives in another storm

    Rebuilding after tornadoes: two designs that could save lives in another storm

    More people appear to be looking into safe rooms and monolithic-dome structures to withstand the fierce winds of a tornado and the debris it kicks around.

  • Census Bureau: Hispanics account for half of US population growth

    Census Bureau: Hispanics account for half of US population growth

    The Hispanic population grew 43 percent from 2000 through 2010, four times faster than the growth rate for the US as a whole, the US Census Bureau said Thursday. Much of that was in the South.

  • Tornado watch: Violent storm moves through Oklahoma

    Tornado watch: Violent storm moves through Oklahoma

    Tornado watch: A violent storm system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned a massive twister which struck Joplin, Mo., moves through the Oklahoma City area Tuesday evening.

  • Oklahoma, Alabama, Joplin: Why we're seeing so many tornadoes and superstorms

    Oklahoma, Alabama, Joplin: Why we're seeing so many tornadoes and superstorms

    The superfunnels that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., in late April and Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, are generated by storm systems whose journeys across the country are slowed by a roadblocked jet stream.

  • Opinion Why Strauss-Kahn arrest and French reaction shouldn't surprise us

    Many French have leapt to defend former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after his arrest for allegedly raping a hotel maid in NYC. This rush to defend powerful men accused of sexual violence isn't uniquely French. It's a symptom of the deep-seated misogyny that exists around the globe.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 05/19

    Four lion cubs sit in a basket as they are christened at Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, Germany. The cubs, named Bandele, Batou, Naledi and Sakina, were born on January 31.

  • Wal-Mart uncertainty rises with gas prices

    Wal-Mart uncertainty rises with gas prices

    Wal-Mart is in a bright spot, for now. But Wal-mart is concerned that high gas prices will cause customers to spend less.

  • Five of the costliest US river floods

    Five of the costliest US river floods

    The 2011 Mississippi River flood, which has broken records in some places, is creating steady destruction in America's midsection. Hurricanes tend to cause more financial damage, and flash floods typically take more lives. But overflowing rivers deliver a long, slow economic punch. Arkansas farmers have lost an estimated $500 million in crops to this year's flood. Mississippi homes and catfish farms – a leading industry – are threatened. In Louisiana, the diversion of water through a spillway to spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans still puts hundreds of homes, businesses, and chemical plants and oil refineries at risk. Total damages could run into the billions. Here's a look at five of the most expensive river floods in the US, according to estimates from the National Weather Service and historical accounts (reported in 2011 dollars):

  • With Mike Huckabee out, which GOP presidential hopefuls benefit?

    With Mike Huckabee out, which GOP presidential hopefuls benefit?

    Mike Huckabee’s exit from the 2012 presidential race continues the inevitable winnowing process. Will others like Mitch Daniels or Jon Huntsman be tempted to jump in? Will social conservatives like Michele Bachmann benefit the most? And what about the tea party?

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Mississippi flooding

    The US Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives at the Birds Point levee near Wyatt, Missouri, on May 2. Water from the intentional breach flooded a 130,000-acre stretch of land. Two more breaches were detonated on May 3 and 5. This image from the Advanced Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the resultant flooding of farmland west of the Mississippi 20 miles south of the levee breach. On the image, vegetation is displayed in red, bare fields in gray and water in blue.