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  • 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):

  • Haley Barbour out, GOP ponders as 2012 field takes shape

    Haley Barbour out, GOP ponders as 2012 field takes shape

    Haley Barbour: Several allies said Barbour, known as one of the smartest political operatives in the GOP, ultimately decided he didn't have what it takes to win.

  • GE hoax about its taxes won't hurt business

    GE hoax about its taxes won't hurt business

    GE hoax, devised by a group of imposters who sent out a fake press release, tricked the Associated Press and Dow Jones news wires into publishing an incorrect story about how GE would give a $3.2 billion tax refund to Washington. Can the scammers behind the GE hoax hurt business?

  • April continues as grilled cheese month

    Stir It Up! April continues as grilled cheese month

    Gruyere surchoix and toasted almond grilled cheese is so sweet it could be dessert.

  • Thoughts about trees for Arbor Day and all year-round

    Diggin' It Thoughts about trees for Arbor Day and all year-round

    As national Arbor Day approaches, it's time to think about trees -- planting them for future generations, teaching kids about them, and learning how to estimate the age of a large tree.

  • Tea party faithful rally in the rain. Their message to Congress: Get tough.

    Tea party faithful rally in the rain. Their message to Congress: Get tough.

    Tea party supporters from around the country demanded Republicans keep their promise to cut the budget. Democrats and 'liberals' were the target of their ire, but the GOP leadership wasn't spared.

  • In Pictures Elton John's showmanship

    Sir Elton John performs at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2010. Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) was knighted in 1998. The English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist has worked with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967, collaborating on more than 30 albums.

  • Nuclear radiation in pop culture: more giant lizards than real science

    Nuclear radiation in pop culture: more giant lizards than real science

    Anxiety over nuclear radiation isn't new, and purveyors of pop culture have profited handsomely. But even with more serious films on the subject, the public is still largely ignorant of the science.

  • Fearing for his life, cop killer suspect demands TV coverage of surrender

    Fearing for his life, cop killer suspect demands TV coverage of surrender

    Jamie Hood, suspected of killing one police officer and wounding another, freed hostages and surrendered after a standoff. His demand for TV coverage shows heightened tensions between police and criminals.

  • Triangle Shirtwaist fire: Why it inspires plays and poetry readings 100 years later

    Triangle Shirtwaist fire: Why it inspires plays and poetry readings 100 years later

    A defining moment of labor history, the deadly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York remains a powerful touchstone even after 100 years.