As river threatens, residents flee
A thousand homes in southern Missouri were evacuated on Monday as heavy rains falling on saturated ground threatened to break the levee holding back the Black River and protecting Poplar Bluff. Elsewhere, at least a dozen tornadoes touched down in Texas and Arkansas. Officials said two people were killed in Arkansas, including a 38-year-old woman whose minivan was swept off a roadway by floodwaters. Several people also were injured in Arkansas. The storm system was expected to move into Illinois and Wisconsin today.
Haley Barbour won't run for presidency
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour bowed out of presidential contention Monday with a surprise announcement just as the 2012 campaign was getting under way in earnest. Barbour, 63, said he lacked the necessary "absolute fire in the belly" to run. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who lost in 2008 and is a favorite of libertarians as well as tea partiers, is planning to take a step toward a second bid today by announcing the formation of a 2012 presidential exploratory committee at an Iowa event.
Judge cited in fight over gay marriage
Proponents of California's same-sex marriage ban filed a motion Monday seeking to vacate the historic ruling that overturned Proposition 8 because the federal judge who wrote it is in a long-term relationship with a man. Lawyers for the ban's backers said that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from the case, or at least disclosed his relationship status, to avoid a real or perceived conflict of interest.
Rivets suspected in crack on Boeing plane
Investigators trying to determine why the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet cracked open in flight on April 1 have issued preliminary findings suggesting there may have been flaws in the riveting work when Boeing built the plane 15 years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board said some of the rivets used to bind the Boeing 737's aluminum panels together were sunk in holes larger than the rivet shafts. The holes weren't lined up correctly and were misshapen, not round, the board said.
FDA outlines rules for electronic cigarettes
The Food and Drug Administration plans to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and won't try to regulate them under stricter rules for drug-delivery devices. E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the "smoker" inhales. Users and distributors say they address both the nicotine addiction and the behavioral aspects of smoking without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes.
U.S. to drop most of college's $10M debt
Morris Brown College is expected to settle nearly $10 million in debt for pennies on the dollar in an agreement pending with the U.S. Education Department, according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press. In the April 7 letter, the Education Department said it will forgive more than $9.4 million in debt, provided Morris Brown pays the remaining $500,000. The deal would help the historically black institution overcome a hurdle in its efforts to regain accreditation.
Boehner says look at repeal of oil subsidies
House Speaker John Boehner said Congress should "take a look at" repealing the multibillion-dollar tax subsidies enjoyed by major oil companies. The Ohio Republican told ABC World News the government is low on revenue and oil companies "ought to be paying their fair share."
Medvedev hints he won't seek re-election
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he might choose a job as the "angel" of high-tech business when he leaves office, in a clear hint that he may not run for re-election. Medvedev was handpicked for the presidency by his predecessor, Vladimir Putin, who currently serves as prime minister. Putin is widely expected to reclaim the presidency.
seattle: An air traffic controller at Boeing Field caught sleeping on duty April 11 and Jan. 6 became the third controller fired by the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday.
Washington: The National Labor Relations Board says it will move ahead with lawsuits against Arizona and South Dakota over state constitutional amendments that require secret ballot elections to form unions.