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Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2015. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, Texas authorities said. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

Flash floods destroy homes in Texas, Okla.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people …

Defense chief: Iraqis lacking ‘will to fight’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group that has …

Irish voters overwhelmingly endorse gay marriage

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DUBLIN — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country’s …

Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of …

40 dead in shootout in cartel area in Mexico

Friday, May 22, 2015

MEXICO CITY — About 40 people were killed in large-scale firefight Friday between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico, a Mexican official said. Almost all the dead were suspected criminals, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak …

IS loyalists claim Saudi mosque blast, killing 21

Friday, May 22, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said. Loyalists of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility …

Fed. data: As oil production soars, so has number of pipeline leaks

Friday, May 22, 2015

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual …

Earth Matters: Climate change: A local group takes on a global issue

Friday, May 22, 2015

The year 2014 was the warmest ever recorded. Every region of the United States except Hawaii has seen more extreme precipitation episodes in the last 10 years, led by the Northeast with a stunning 71 percent increase. This …

Six officers indicted in Baltimore death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite …

Trade bill narrowly clears Senate hurdle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The …

Palmyra’s fall raises alarm over antiquities

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within …

Suspect in killings of DC family arrested

Friday, May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion and it was …

Calif. farmers with old rights face water cuts

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts …