Flood hinders shipping on the Mississippi River

2011-05-19 10:10:27

Floodwater released from a key Mississippi River spillway surged through the Louisiana bayou on Tuesday.

The Who guitarist close to finishing memoir

2011-05-19 07:57:40

A long-awaited memoir by British rock guitarist and The Who songwriter Pete Townshend will be finished and published by next year, book publisher Harper Collins said on Tuesday.

Celebrities bid Oprah farewell

2011-05-19 07:57:40

Hollywood's A-list celebrities bid a star-studded farewell to Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday in a double-taping of her TV talk show that included messages from her fans around the world.

US sues Starbucks for firing dwarf

2011-05-18 10:58:25

The US government is suing the Starbucks coffee company for firing a barista in El Paso, Texas because she is a dwarf.

Jerry Lewis leaving MDA telethon

2011-05-18 07:49:27

After 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for children he calls "my kids", comedian Jerry Lewis announced on Monday he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name.

Mississippi River cut off to protect ships

2011-05-18 07:49:27

The key waterway for US grain exports was cut off on Monday when the US Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi.

NASA trims list of sites to land on Mars to 4

2011-05-17 08:01:18

Team in charge of mission will soon suggest best location

US space shuttle Endeavour's final mission

2011-05-16 22:21:59

The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 16, 2011.

US apartment fire kills 6

2011-05-16 13:13:03

Some residents jumped from their windows to escape flames as a fire ripped through a suburban Chicago apartment building early Sunday, leaving six dead and a dozen others injured.

NASA ready to launch shuttle Endeavour

2011-05-16 09:26:08

With wounded US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on hand to watch, the space shuttle Endeavour is poised to give the work week a roaring and historic start Monday morning

Louisiana bayou towns brace for flooding impact

2011-05-16 09:36:59

A day after US Army engineers opened a key spillway to relieve flooding along the Mississippi River, residents of small Louisiana towns braced on Sunday for a surge of water that could leave thousands of homes and farms under as much as 20 feet (6 meters) of water.

Mississippi River waters head toward homes, farmland

2011-05-16 08:04:12

Water from the inflated Mississippi River gushed through a floodgate for the first time in nearly four decades and headed toward thousands of homes and farmland in Louisiana