December 28, 2012 The drought gripping the nation's midsection has made the river very hard to navigate from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., where it meets the Ohio River. By next week, barge traffic may have to halt altogether in that section, trade groups warn.
May 17, 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn jailed in New York; Louisiana flooding slowing down; Irish security defused a bomb before Queen Elizabeth arrived in Dublin; NFL owners won legal approval to continue locking out players; former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a staffer not his wife
May 16, 2011 IMF chief jailed in New York on sex assault charges; more gates open on Louisiana spillway; pro-Palestinian supporters rush Israeli borders and are repelled; Air France says it can get data from crashed jet's recorders; Japanese man restarts convenience store business
May 11, 2011 Mississippi River flooding surges south; Presbyterians vote to allow homosexual clergy to serve openly; Syria shells civilian areas; American hikers jailed in Iran for spying don't show up in court; author Douglas Adams has been dead for 10 years
May 9, 2011 The Mississippi river is expected to crest in Memphis Tuesday near record levels; the average price for regular gas reaches $4 a gallon; 12 people died in religious fighting in Cairo this weekend; tens of thousands of people turned out in Mexico City Sunday to protest drug violence
May 6, 2011 Flooding along the Mississippi and its tributaries is breaking high-water records that have stood since the 1930s.
May 4, 2011 The Army Corps of Engineers is flooding some rural areas to relieve pressure upstream. In some places, residents are being warned that graves may be disturbed — and not to try to recover any "caskets, vaults or skeletal remains" in the water.