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  • 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.
    05/18/2011 10:00 am

  • 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):
    05/16/2011 04:35 pm

  • 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?
    05/15/2011 11:32 am

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Mississippi flooding
  • Corn futures headed lower? Bigger crop forecast.

    Corn futures are expected to fall after the government's latest crop report. The corn futures market had expected supply to drop. Instead, it's expanding.
    05/11/2011 11:31 pm

  • Mississippi flooding drowns crops and casinos: What's the economic toll?

    The economic toll of the Mississippi River flooding has yet to be calculated, as the crest pushes past Memphis towards New Orleans, but is expected to run in the billions.
    05/11/2011 08:58 pm

  • Mississippi River nears crest in Memphis, but concern shifts south

    Mississippi River floodwaters might pose more of a threat to the Delta region south of Memphis than they do to Memphis itself. In the Delta, the flood brings back memories of 1927.
    05/09/2011 10:21 pm

  • Watery week ahead as Mississippi floodwaters hit Memphis, move downriver

    Mississippi River at record level in Memphis, Tenn., where some areas are already underwater. It's expected to get higher, with floodwaters to linger for days. Evacuations are under way.
    05/07/2011 07:09 pm

  • Mississippi floodwaters surge in Memphis, but crest is still days away

    Evacuations and closed highways are a taste of what is in store for Memphis, Tenn., as the Mississippi rises. Farther south, Jackson, Miss., residents are already being asked to evacuate.
    05/05/2011 08:12 pm

  • Monsoon in the Midwest: Records fall as Mississippi floodwaters rise

    In broad areas of the Midwest, April rainfall was four times normal. Now floodwaters are flowing down the Mississippi, inundating farms and threatening to break records more than 70 years old.
    05/04/2011 08:36 pm

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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