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AP PHOTOS: Aerial views of Texas floodwatersFri, 29 May 2015 23:39

A swollen Trinity River southwest of downtown Dallas, Friday, May 29, 2015. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)The record rains that have submerged highways, flooded homes and led to several deaths in Texas show little signs of diminishing.



Latest on flooding: Home evacuation in Texas city reducedFri, 29 May 2015 23:31

Yellow tape keeps visitors from a low walkway at Riverfront Park where the Colorado River has overrun its' banks Friday, May 29, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Wharton mayor has called for mandatory evacuation of about 300 homes in low lying areas along river which is expected to crest at 43 feet Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)6:20 p.m. (CDT)



Texas seeks presidential disaster declaration after storms kill 21Fri, 29 May 2015 22:49

Storms and deadly floods hit the Midwest and PlainsBy Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott sought a presidential disaster declaration on Friday after severe weather this week killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations. Storms that battered North Texas on Thursday and Friday added more runoff to swollen rivers and prompted hundreds of calls for help in Dallas, where some areas saw up to seven inches (17.8 cm) of rain. "Communities across the State of Texas have experienced devastating destruction, injury and – most tragically – loss of life due to the major and (an) unceasing severe weather system that has been impacting our state for weeks," said Abbott, who has declared 70 counties disaster areas.



Andres becomes first hurricane of year in eastern PacificFri, 29 May 2015 22:45

MIAMI (AP) — Andres has strengthened into the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific this year, but is still no threat to land as it swirls far off the coast of Mexico.

Andres becomes first hurricane of year in eastern Pacific; still no threat to landFri, 29 May 2015 22:45

MIAMI (AP) — Andres becomes first hurricane of year in eastern Pacific; still no threat to land.

Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsorsFri, 29 May 2015 21:26

This coastal view of Havana, Cuba shows the United States Interests Section diplomatic mission, the third tall building from the right, on Sunday, May 24, 2015. On Friday, May 29 the Obama administration formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.



Officials: Brazos River Flooding To WorsenFri, 29 May 2015 17:11

The National Weather Service River Forecasters are predicting a second and much higher crest of the Brazos River in Parker County.

Oil CEO Hamm sought ouster of scientists looking at quakes: BloombergSat, 16 May 2015 03:08

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in HoustonOilman Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources Inc., told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that scientists studying links between oil drilling and earthquakes should be dismissed, Bloomberg News reported on Friday. Bloomberg, citing emails obtained through a public records request, said Hamm indicated he wanted to see some scientists at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, which is based at the university, let go. Scientists have said the reinjection of drilling and fracking wastewater into disposal walls could be tied to earthquakes. Bloomberg said a university spokeswoman denied any interference from Hamm, who has been a donor to the university.