Spring Weather Unprecedented

It was a spring to remember, with America pummeled by tornadoes, floods, wildfire, snowmelt, thunderstorms and drought. Government weather researchers said Wednesday that, while similar extremes have occurred throughout modern American history, never before have they occurred in a single month. The last time anything remotely looked like it was the spring of 1927, which also had a lot of tornadoes and flooding. The preliminary tornado count was 875 for April, and even after duplicates are eliminated the final total is expected to exceed the single-month record of 542 set in May, 2003.

  • End-time weather will continue to grow increasingly volatile and intense

Gay Judge’s Repeal of Same-Sex-Marriage Ban in Calif. is Upheld

A federal judge has upheld a ruling by a gay U.S. judge who struck down the voter-approved ban against same-sex marriage in California. Lawyers for backers of the ban argued at a hearing Monday that Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself or disclosed his relationship because he and his partner stood to personally benefit from the verdict. Walker publicly revealed after he retired in February that he is in a 10-year relationship with a man. Rumors that he was gay had circulated before and after he presided over the trial in early 2010. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said former Walker did not have to divulge whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he declared last year that voter-approved Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

Wisconsin Court Reinstates Contentious Union Law

Overturning a lower court, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated the contentious law that ends nearly all collective bargaining rights for state employees. The court found a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state’s open meetings law, and so did not violate that law when they hastily approved the measure and made it possible for the Senate to take it up. In doing so, the Supreme Court overruled a Dane County judge who had struck down the legislation, ending one challenge to the law even as new challenges are likely to emerge.

Mexican Drug War Spills Across U.S. Border

The battle between ruthless Mexican drug cartels threatens to turn America’s southern neighbor into a failed nation-state — and has spilled deeper into U.S. territory than anyone has imagined. The drug wars have claimed nearly 40,000 lives since 2006 in a nightmare of beheadings, mass graves, kidnappings, and endemic corruption at the highest levels of Mexican society, as cartels rake in an astronomical $12 billion a year in illicit revenue. Newsmax has found that despite the administration’s reassurances, Mexico’s drug cartels have penetrated deep into our nation’s heartland, striking fear in ordinary Americans. Pinal County Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu praised Newsmax’s journalism saying the special report  “on the violence that ruthless Mexican cartels have brought into the border regions of the United States is invaluable. They are telling the real story about what’s going on near and on the border, the story that the mainstream media just hasn’t been willing to report.” Almost everywhere along the border, residents are gradually accepting a “new normal,” where the old assumptions of personal security and the rule of law no longer prevail.

In Arizona, high-speed police chases and rolling gun battles between the drug gangs have become routine. These firefights occur not in Nogales or Tijuana or Ciudad Juarez, but north of Tucson, about 35 miles from the nation’s sixth largest city, Phoenix. Law officers have received alerts from intelligence sources warning that the cartels may start booby-trapping their loads with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the bombs that terrorists use to devastating effect against American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. That concern grew less abstract on Easter Sunday. An IED was discovered along Highway 77 near Brownsville, Texas. It took police about three hours to “render the device safe,” and an investigation is underway.

House Members Sue Obama Administration over Libya Mission

A bipartisan group of House members filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a letter to Obama on Tuesday that the administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday, which he notes will be the 90th day since the mission began. The lawsuit cites the War Powers Resolution as well as the role of Congress in protecting taxpayers’ money, said Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, one of the 10 legislators filing it. A statement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an anti-war liberal who is leading the lawsuit effort with Jones, said that the lawsuit will “challenge the executive branch’s circumvention of Congress and its use of international organizations such as the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to authorize the use of military force abroad, in violation of the Constitution.” The Obama administration said Wednesday  in a 32-page unclassified report sent to Congress that U.S. military involvement in the Libya campaign led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization doesn’t need congressional authorization because the U.S. forces are providing primarily a support role and aren’t engaged in combat with hostile forces.

ATF Agents Call Gun-Tracking Program a ‘Disaster’

Federal agents based in Arizona “abandoned” surveillance of suspicious gun purchases along the Southwest border for months and allowed possibly hundreds of weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel operatives. Three federal gun agents told a House committee Wednesday that dozens of gun traffickers suspected of working for Mexican drug cartels were “allowed to walk free” during an investigative operation that allowed hundreds of guns to fall into the hands of cartel enforcers and other criminals along the southwest border. “What we have here is a colossal failure of leadership,” said ATF agent Pete Forcelli, a supervisor in the Phoenix office. “We weren’t giving guns to people for killing bear, we were giving guns to people to kill other humans. This was a catastrophic disaster.” Forcelli and fellow agents John Dodson and Olindo Casa said they repeatedly raised concerns to their bosses about the risks, but, they said, their warnings were dismissed. Testimony from the agents and Terry’s family were part of a congressional inquiry of the ATF. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said the allegations raised by the agents were being “taken very seriously.” He said a separate internal Justice Department investigation was ongoing.

  • While the mainstream media blames lax gun laws for arming Mexican drug cartels with American-made weapons, it is lack of enforcement and bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption that is the real problem.

TSA Security Exercise Covers 3 States, 5,000 Miles

A joint VIPR “security exercise” involving military personnel has Transportation Security Administration workers covering 5,000 miles and three states illustrates how the TSA is turning into a literal occupying army for domestic repression in America. The TSA, in alliance with a whole host of federal, state, local agencies as well as military personnel, is currently conducting a massive “security exercise” throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. TSA grope downs and body scans are now being rolled out on highways, street corners, train stations, bus depots, public buildings, at sports events, and even at local prom nights as part of the VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program promoted by the Obama Administration. The TSA has also announced its intention to expand the VIPR program to include roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, setting up a network of internal checkpoints and rolling out security procedures already active in airports, bus terminals and subway stations to roads and highways across the United States. Since the launch of the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” program, the DHS has also released promotional material which depicts would-be TSA agents conducting searches at public events, including a Tampa Bay football game.

  • Under the guise of preparing for repressing domestic violence under emergency powers, the federal government has set in motion operations that could well be used to suppress any opposition deemed dangerous by Homeland Security.

FBI Expands Agents’ Investigative Power

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents — allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention. The FBI soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity. A May ruling by the Supreme Court, Kentucky v. King, expanded the ability to conduct warrantless home searches.

  • In violation of the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the federal government continues to expand its powers in the name of Homeland Security but at the expense of God-given and constitutionally authorized freedoms

Blog Hoaxer Apologizes Amid Backlash

A 40-year-old American man living in Scotland said Monday he’s sorry for posing as a Syrian lesbian blogger who offered vivid accounts of life amid revolt and repression in Damascus, a hoax that has exposed the difficulty of sifting truth from fiction online. Tom MacMaster said he created the fictional persona of Amina Arraf and the “Gay Girl in Damascus” blog to draw attention to conditions in a Middle East convulsed by change. Gay rights activists and bloggers say MacMaster has endangered real people who are trying to tell their stories in authoritarian societies. The blogs about life as a Syrian-American lesbian grabbed international attention soon after they began in February.

  • Sorting out truth from fiction is becoming more and more difficult in general, but especially over the anonymous Internet. Many sensationalistic emails being passed around have proven false. We must even be cautious with the Snopes site used to check veracity because it has a ultra-liberal slant

‘Gay’ Indoctrination a Reality

One homosexual activist says people who live the same lifestyle he leads aim to indoctrinate and recruit young children. In a recent opinion article, David Villarreal openly confesses that homosexual activists are pushing anti-bullying measures and pro-“gay” curriculum on children to “recruit” them. Villarreal writes that he would “very much like for many of these young boys to grow up and start [having sex with] men,” and he insists that children who are not indoctrinated to accept alternate lifestyles will later become “hateful” and ignorant. Dran Reese, director of The Salt & Light Council, laments the goal to target young children. “This is beyond perverted and immoral; this shows that homosexuals have no good, quality intentions with children but to indoctrinate them into a perverted, sexual lifestyle,” she contends.

Obama’s Birth Certificate Forged, Many Claim

Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, the chief of Stand Up America, a national security expert and Fox News contributor, says the “Certificate of Live Birth” released in April by the White House as “proof positive” of President Obama’s Hawaiian birth is a forgery, but the FBI is covering the fraud and no one in Congress is willing to tackle the situation because of fears of a “black backlash” if the failings of the nation’s first black president are revealed. “We’ve had three CIA agents, retired, and some of their analytical associates look at it, and all came to the same conclusion, that even the long-form was a forged document,” Vallely said. WorldNetDaily also reports that scanner expert Doug Vogt has filed criminal charges with the FBI, alleging that the Obama birth certificate released by the White House April 27 was fraudulently created.

Childhood Diseases Return as Parents Refuse Vaccines

At least 152 cases of measles diagnosed in the USA so far this year — twice the number seen in a typical year, and the biggest outbreak in 15 years, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of patients have had to be hospitalized. The return of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles a viral illness that once killed 3,000 to 5,000 Americans a year is due to an increase in the number of parents who are refusing or delaying vaccinations for their children, experts say. In the past three years, doctors also have seen outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable diseases such as mumps, whooping cough and a life-threatening bacterial infection called Hib. Although overall vaccine coverage remains high, 40% of parents say they have deliberately skipped or delayed a shot for their children. The biggest impediment to vaccinating kids today is not cost, but fear, Around the world, millions of parents began skipping or delaying vaccines because of an infamous (and since retracted) 1998 study in the British medical journal The Lancet. The study’s author theorized that a combined measles-mumps-rubella shot caused autism.

  • This remains a contentious issue because many continue to argue that the shots cause more problems than they prevent.

U.S. Births Down for 3rd Straight Year

U.S. births apparently have declined for a third year in a row, probably because of the weak economy. Births had been on the rise for years, and the number hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But the count has been dropping since then. Last year, it fell 3% to slightly more than 4 million births. Experts believe the downward trend is tied to the economy, which officially was in a recession from December 2007 until June 2009 and is still flagging. The theory is that women who are unemployed or have other money problems feel they can’t afford to start a family or add to it.

Social Security Makes $6.5B in Overpayments

Social Security made $6.5 billion in overpayments to people not entitled to receive them in 2009, including $4 billion under a supplemental income program for the very poor, a government investigator said Tuesday. In all, about 10 % of the payments made under the agency’s Supplemental Security Income program were improper, said Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., the Social Security inspector general. Error rates were much smaller for retirement, survivor and disability benefits, which make up the overwhelming majority of Social Security payments, O’Carroll told a congressional panel. Throughout the federal government, improper payments totaled $125 billion last year, up from $110 billion in 2009, O’Carroll said.

  • $125 billion is around 10% of our total annual deficit, an astounding number, once again revealing the gross inefficiency of our bloated government

Economic News

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, though applications remain above levels consistent with a healthy economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the second drop in three weeks. Still, applications have been above 400,000 for 10 straight weeks, evidence that the job market is weak compared to earlier this year.

Another report Thursday showed that builders broke ground on more homes in May, but most of the gains were in the volatile apartment sector. New-home construction rose 3.5% from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000 units per year, but still far below the 1.2 million new homes per year that must be built to sustain a healthy housing market.

Americans paid more for food, cars and clothing in May. But the overall Consumer Price Index rose by the smallest amount in six months, slowed by the first drop in energy costs in nearly a year. Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That’s down from April’s 0.4% increase. Food costs rose 0.4%. But energy costs fell 1%. So-called “core” prices, which exclude volatile food and energy, rose 0.3%, the most in nearly three years. Consumer prices rose 3.6% from April 2010 through May 2011, the biggest one-year gain since October 2008.

Three reports on the economy delivered a mixed report Tuesday: the Commerce Department said Americans bought fewer cars in May, pulling retail sales down (by 0.2%) for the first time in nearly a year; the Labor Department said wholesale prices rose at the slowest pace (0.2%) in 10 months in May as food costs fell and gas prices rose by the smallest amount in eight months; and businesses added to their stockpiles for a 16th consecutive month in April, but with the downturn in retail sales, many companies could be forced to slash inventories, further weakening the economy.

The outlook among homebuilders has been bad all year. And this month it became grimmer. An index that measures builders’ sentiment for their industry fell three points in June to 13, the National Association of Home Builders said Monday. That’s the lowest level in nine months. And it’s just five points above the lowest reading on record, from January 2009. Any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the market.

The number of homeowners put on notice for being behind on their mortgage payments fell in May to the lowest level since 2006, result of a slowing housing market and lingering delays in banks’ foreclosure processes. Mortgage lenders, many of whom are still working through foreclosure documentation problems that surfaced last fall, also took back fewer properties in May, the second monthly decline in a row.

U.S. factories produced more goods in May, rebounding after supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crises and tornadoes in the South cut their output for the first time in 10 months. Factory production increased 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows April’s decline of 0.5 percent.

Four-dollar gas is quickly becoming a thing of the past, but not before siphoning billions from consumers and forcing the economy into low gear. After topping $4 a gallon in 17 states and threatening to surpass the all-time record of $4.11, reached in July 2008, regular-grade gasoline now averages $3.69. That’s 29 cents below May’s $3.98 high. The slide in prices — linked to rising inventories and soft demand — could continue through summer.


Tens of thousands of Greek demonstrators marched on parliament Wednesday in Athens to try to keep the government from passing a new austerity plan, with some young people on the edge of the rally throwing rocks and firebombs at police. At one point, peaceful demonstrators clashed with the violent groups of hooded youths to try to separate them from the larger rally. Thousands of police used parked buses and crowd barriers to block access to the building. The protests came as Prime Minister George Papandreou, facing an internal party revolt, is trying to push through a new five-year campaign of tax hikes, spending cuts and sale of state property in order to continue getting aid from the European Union and International Monetary Fund and avoid default.


About 2,000 demonstrators angry about planned budget cuts in education and health clashed with police outside a regional parliament in Spain on Wednesday. There were reports of 36 injuries. Some politicians could only reach Catalonia’s parliament using police helicopters. Scuffles broke out when police pushed back protesters so other lawmakers arriving on foot could get in. The politicians were heckled and at least two were sprayed with paint.

  • As economic conditions worsen over the next few years, necessary budget cuts will evoke more and more violent protests


The number of attacks by Afghan security forces directly on U.S. and allied troops has increased dramatically this year. Since 2005, there have been 22 such attacks, nine of them in 2011, or 40% of the total. The attacks have coincided with an increase in the size of Afghan security forces and the addition of 30,000 more U.S. troops last year. The attacks since 2005 have killed 51 troops from the U.S.-led coalition and wounded 48 more.


Assailants launched a complex strike on a government compound northeast of the capital Tuesday, setting off a suicide car bomb outside and then breaching the building’s perimeter. Nine people were killed, including at least three of the attackers. The attack in Baqouba bore the hallmarks of the insurgent group, al-Qaeda in Iraq. The assault also raised questions about how prepared Iraqi security forces are to protect the country when American troops leave by the end of this year.


The Pakistani army denied Wednesday that one of its majors was among a group of Pakistanis who Western officials say were arrested for feeding the CIA information before the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The New York Times reported said an army major was detained who copied license plates of cars visiting the al-Qaeda chief’s compound in Pakistan in the weeks before the raid. A Western official in Pakistan confirmed that five Pakistanis who fed information to the CIA before the May 2 operation were arrested by Pakistan’s top intelligence service. The arrests represent the latest crisis in the strained relationship between the two countries, a relationship that experts and military officials say is vital to the U.S. effort in battling terrorists.

Assist News Service reports that, although three Christians were acquitted in a blasphemy case recently, their lives are still under potential death threats by radicals. A local judge in Rawalpindi acquitted the three, as the prosecutor failed to prove the case against them. Additional District and Sessions Judge Sarfraz Akhter acquitted Hector Haleem, Basharat Masih and Robin Masih of the charges of sending blasphemous text messages. The case was initiated against them last year by a Muslim, Ghufran Sialvi. The court also initiated a criminal complaint against the investigating officer and the complainant after they failed to prove the charges against the accused. Haleem’s daughter Mehwish posted online petitions and posts asking for support of her father’s release.

Al-Qaeda Names New Leader, Calls for Jihad Against Sacred Places

Al-Qaeda’s longtime No. 2 leader, a doctor from a prominent Egyptian family who worked with Osama bin Laden for decades, has succeeded the slain terrorist as head of the global network, the group said Thursday. Ayman al-Zawahri, who turns 60 on Sunday, has long brought ideological fire, tactics and organizational skills to al-Qaeda. The surgeon by training was behind the first use of the suicide bombings and independent terror cells that have become the network’s trademarks. He is believed to be living somewhere near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

An ABC News report contains a newly released video by Al-Qaeda with specific calls for attacks on sacred places.  The video encourages western Muslims to conduct individual violent jihad against Western sacred places and houses of worship. Al-Qaeda media spokesman Adam Gadahn encourages western Muslims to conduct attacks in their home countries as an obligation and depicts the west as being at war with Islam. The video also provides guidance on how to conduct violent jihad, to operate in secrecy, to attack public figures, and to launch cyber attacks. Gadahn is quoted in the video as saying: “Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the jihad against the Zionists and crusaders, and to do major damage to the enemies of Islam, waging war on their religion, sacred places,” says Gadahn.


Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in nearly every major city of the country on Tuesday. They were the largest protests since President Ali Abdullah Saleh went abroad for medical treatment for injuries suffered in an attack on his compound. Yemen remains locked in a power struggle between the president’s allies and tribesmen demanding an end to the regime’s nearly 33-year rule. Islamic militants emboldened by months of turmoil in Yemen launched a surprise dawn attack Wednesday on a southern city, seizing entire neighborhoods for nearly 12 hours before withdrawing to farmlands on the outskirts. One soldier was killed and three were wounded in fighting between the militants and government troops in Houta, provincial capital of Lahj province. The militants are believed to number include several al-Qaeda members.


NATO resumed its airstrike on the Libyan capital of Tripoli late Tuesday, blasting at least two targets just before midnight, after military leaders voiced concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on. NATO’s nearly three-month air campaign has grounded Gadhafi’s air forces and weakened his military capabilities. But there are signs the pace of operations has put a strain on the trans-Atlantic alliance. In London, the head of British fleet — a key contributor to the Libya mission — warned that Britain will be unable to maintain the pace of operations if the mission drags on until the end of the year.


Troops opened fire early Thursday in the outskirts of Maaret al-Numan, a town of 100,000 on the highway linking Damascus with Syria’s second-largest city, Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers and buses used to transport anti-terrorism forces were deploying around the town of Khan Sheikhon south of Maaret al-Numan. It added that residents were fleeing the town that is surrounded from three sides. Syrian President Bashar Assad has unleashed the military to crush a popular uprising against his authoritarian rule. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed since the uprising began in mid-March.

The Syrian government’s crackdown is sharpening sectarian tensions along one of the country’s most explosive fault lines: relations between the Sunni Muslim majority and the minority Alawite sect to which the family of President Bashar al-Assad belongs, the New York Times reports. Deepening animosities are stoking fears of a civil war that is also being used as a pretext for suppressing dissent.. Syria is a volatile blend of Sunnis, Alawites, Christians, Kurds and others inhabiting the same land, but with disproportionate political power vested in the Alawite elite.


A suicide bombing in the parking lot of police headquarters in Nigeria’s capital has killed two people. A car blew up in the parking lot outside the building of the police headquarters Thursday morning. Police say the suicide bomber and a traffic warden who rode in the car to show the driver where to park were both killed in the attack. Nigeria has experienced a rise in bomb attacks in public spaces over the last year, but suicide bombings are practically unheard of in Africa’s most populous nation. Police blame a radical Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram.


Worthy News reports that all churches in use and under construction in Bejaia, Algeria, have been ordered to close. The High Commissioner of police, who gave the order, threatened “severe consequences and punishments” if Christians refuse. The country has required all non-Muslim worship sites to hold permits since 2006, but has repeatedly denied registering churches who attempt to comply. According to Mustapha Krim, Protestant Church Association in Algeria, churches have “gone round-and-round with [officials] for years… they want us to disappear from the map.” Following the most recent orders, Christians have continued to meet in house churches or in rural areas. “We worship out of conviction,” said parishioner. “We are not afraid, because we did nothing wrong. Whatever the circumstances, we will continue to say: ‘We are here to praise your name, Lord.'”


The drifting plume of ash from Chile’s erupting volcano forced new cancelations of dozens of flights on Monday in Argentina, Uruguay and other South American countries, even as airlines in Australia. The cloud also has drifted across the Pacific Ocean, and most flights between Australia and New Zealand remained grounded.


A strong earthquake struck early Thursday off an island in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. No tsunami warning was issued, but the shaking was felt hundreds of miles away. the magnitude-6.6 quake struck just off the island of New Britain at a depth of 13 miles. The area is along the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanos and fault lines.


The Wallow Fire in Arizona has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history, surpassing the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire. The amount of land burned by the fire grew to about 750 square miles. The blaze was about 29% contained, fire officials said Wednesday. In Luna, N.M., just across the Arizona state line, evacuation plans were in place for the roughly 200 residents. Crews have been working to protect the town for days, hacking down brush, using chain saws to cut trees and setting small fires to burn anything that approaching flames could use as fuel. Investigators were questioning two “persons of interest” in the search for a cause of the massive wildfire, suspecting that an unattended campfire started the fire.

The Horseshoe2 fire further south in Arizona. Burning now for over a month, has now consumed over 300 square miles and 23 structures and is still only 60% contained. A new fire, Monument, broke out on 9,300 acres (almost 15 square miles) four miles east of Hereford in southeast Arizona, destroying or damaging 40 homes. Meanwhile, another fire broke out Monday in southern New Mexico at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and has burned over 30,400 acres as of Thursday morning.. Hundreds of visitors were evacuated as crews tackled the 3,000-acre wildfire inside the park. Another New Mexico wildfire near the Colorado border forced the closure of a busy interstate highway and has now burned over 25,600 acres and destroyed 13 structures. It is still only 20% contained as of Thursday morning. In Texas, eight large wildfires have consumed over 57,000 acres (about 90 square miles).

Wildfire concerns caused by droughts are combining with budget problems to increase the number of Fourth of July fireworks displays called off or in jeopardy of being canceled. States including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, California, Arizona and Alabama have banned all outdoor burning in certain areas, as well as the sale and use of fireworks.


A temporary earthen levee is the only barrier standing between Hamburg, Iowa and the floodwaters of the Missouri River, and officials hope efforts to beef it up will be enough to keep the small southwestern Iowa town from filling up like a bathtub. The stakes are high: If it fails, parts of the town could be covered by as much as 10 feet of water within days. And the high water could linger for months.

Hundreds of Canadian pronghorn antelope could be the next victims of snowmelt-driven flooding plaguing central Montana. Herds are stranded on the wrong side of the swollen Missouri River and face doubtful survival as they try to get back home. Nine feet of snow fell this winter in parts of central Montana, driving pronghorn antelope south from Canada sooner, and farther, than in past years. This winter, 55% of migrating antelope tagged in one survey were killed crossing rivers as well as by severe cold and starvation.

China says more floods caused by torrential rains in central and south China have left another seven people dead and seven missing. The heavy rains since Monday have forced about 88,000 people in six provinces to leave their homes. Weather forecasters say the heavy rains are expected to continue until Friday. Seasonal flooding has already left more than 170 people dead or missing.

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