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Latest on flooding: Brazos River recedes ... for now
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Heavy rain eases Texas drought, but high water could linger
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HOUSTON (AP) -- This week's record rainfall in Texas eased the state's drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal levels until July, scientists said Thursday....

1st tropical storm of Pacific season forms off Mexico
MIAMI (AP) -- The first named tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed far from Mexico's coast....

Indians scramble for heat relief, but many still must work
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HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month....

Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains
The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through those states highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers....

A closer look at those killed in Texas, Oklahoma weather
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At least 21 people have died in flooding and tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas since the start of the Memorial Day weekend. A look at the lives of some of the victims:...

Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 19
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing....

Florida coasts have grown, but hurricane damage risk hasn't
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MIAMI (AP) -- Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state's coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows....

Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average - but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy....

Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region
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WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) -- The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived....

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