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    Death toll following Texas floods rises to 4

    HOUSTON– The bodies of two missing drivers were found Saturday in Texas, raising the death toll to four from flooding in the state after torrential rain inundated rivers and waterways, authorities said. The threat of severe weather had lessened in Texas over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend and the focus now is on homes that could be flooded by slowly rising waters. Evacuation orders were issued on Saturday for parts of two Texas cities along the Brazos River near Houston. “The […]

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    2 people swept away by Texas floodwater

    AUSTIN, Texas (CBS NEWS)– Emergency crews in the Austin area made numerous high-water rescues amid torrential rain late Thursday and early Friday. In Washington County, the Brenham Fire Department told CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV that one person died in the severe weather. The victim was reportedly in a trailer home that was flooded as storms stalled over the area overnight. A helicopter and other crews were searching for two people who were swept away by floodwaters in the Austin area, […]

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    More than a dozen rescued after being trapped by high water in Kentucky cave

    HORSE CAVE, Ky.– More than a dozen college students were rescued Thursday afternoon after becoming trapped by high water in an underground cave in south-central Kentucky, authorities said. Hart County Emergency Management spokesperson Kerry McDaniel told CBS News 21 explorers entered Hidden River Cave in the town of Horse Cave around 10 a.m. Thursday. Early in the afternoon, a severe thunderstorm moved through the area, causing flash flooding. McDaniel said four cavers were able to escape but 17 others, all college students, […]

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    Gov’t report: Feds spend billions on dated tech, use floppy disks for nuclear forces

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional investigators say the government spends about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems. That includes platforms more than 50 years old in such vital areas as nuclear weapons and Social Security. One still uses floppy disks. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the increasing cost of maintaining museum-ready equipment drains money that could go for modernization. The report will be released Wednesday. GAO said it found problems across the government, not just in a few […]

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    2 injured as violent tornadoes touch down across Kansas

    DODGE CITY, Kan. — Homes were damaged and at least two people were critically injured in Kansas as severe storms swept across the Plains, authorities said Wednesday. The Kansas Adjutant General’s Department said the storms in western and south-central parts of the state downed trees and power lines and damaged rural homes and outbuildings. Emergency management officials in Ford County reported that two people were critically injured Tuesday night and taken to a hospital in Dodge City, the department said […]

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    LA veteran reunited with cat he left behind in Iraq

    LOS ANGELES — CBS affiliate Los Angeles had cameras rolling when a local veteran was reunited with the little kitty he had to leave behind in Iraq. As baggage handlers carried him to his old friend, the tabby meow-ed up a storm, and that’s fitting. His name is Mr. Meowgi. “Every morning, when we could pull up, he would run up from his little shelter and he would just meow his head off,” said Brad VanCleave. Mr. Meowgi arrived at […]

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    2016 tornado activity remains below average despite recent outbreak

    (WHNT/CBS News)– Bad weather moved into the Ohio River Valley on Tuesday after a series of powerful storms hit the Plains, including tornadoes that destroyed homes and left two people dead in Oklahoma. CBS affiliate KFVS reported Kentucky State Police said in a statement that at least 10 people were hurt and an unknown number of homes and businesses were damaged when a tornado tracked across Graves County in the western part of the state Tuesday afternoon. The statement said […]

  • Flames engulf trees along a highway near Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 6, 2016 (Image: Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fort McMurray: Fire could double in size, Canadian official says

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta — A massive convoy was underway Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital. Police and military were overseeing the procession of an estimated 1,500 vehicles. Meanwhile, a mass airlift of evacuees was expected to resume, a day after 8,000 people were flown out. In all, more than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray, in the heart […]

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    Doctors warn smartphones apps to monitor health may be inaccurate

    Many patients are relying more and more on mobile health and wellness apps, to help diagnose and deal with illnesses. But doctors say those apps aren’t always reliable and many give out inaccurate information. 88-year-old Milton Meisner is one of many people who checks and records his vitals like weight, temperature and blood pressure using a smartphone or tablet. His stats are instantly sent to his doctors through an online app. In Meisner’s case, the healthcare app is approved by physicians […]

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    Company creates special bags hoping to break cell phone addiction

    Some people can’t put down their smartphones. They’re addicted to the distractions of texting and documenting everything they can. But a startup called Yonder is focused on creating No Phone Zones by locking up your device. The company’s founder says the attempt is nothing less than breaking cell phone addiction. “Just something to help people engage with each other in a real way,” founder Graham Dugoni says. “What it symbolizes is a movement and the bag is just a tool”. […]

  • Flames rise in an industrial area south Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on May 3, 2016.
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    Fort McMurray residents flee in the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta– “I’m terrified,” resident Kaybre Peats said. “I’m very scared and very nervous because I don’t know if I’ll have a home to come back to.” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said all 105 patients at the local hospital had been safely airlifted to other care centers. She said, so far, the fire had destroyed or damaged an estimated 1,600 structures. Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the boreal forest in much of Alberta into a […]

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    1 teen killed, 1 hurt after being ejected from carnival ride in Texas

      EL PASO, Texas — One teenage girl was killed and another was injured when they were ejected from a whirling ride at an El Paso church carnival. The girls were at a parking lot carnival marking the annual Dia de los Ninos holiday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church when they were hurled from a spinning ride called “Sizzler” just before 7 p.m. Friday. A 16-year-old girl hit a metal barricade and died a short time later at Del […]

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