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More flooding...Quake in Oklahoma...'Affluenza' teen could be headed back to Texas



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UNDATED (AP) — Much of the central and eastern United States is plagued by flooding today. Authorities say a stretch of Interstate 44 in central Missouri is completely closed. Flood warnings are in effect across central and southern Illinois a day after a winter storm brought sleet and icy rain. To the south, more rain is on the way to Alabama, where forecasters estimate that more than 10 inches fell in some spots during a six-day span. Rain is also expected in Georgia, where many parts of the state are still dealing with floodwaters from earlier storms. In a county about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, divers yesterday recovered the body of a man whose car was swept away by floodwaters.

UNDATED (AP) — Hundreds more flights have been canceled or delayed today due to the large storm system that has moved on to the East Coast. That's down significantly from yesterday evening, when about 7,600 flights were affected. Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed that about a quarter of yesterday's cancellations were at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Many people in the Oklahoma City area have been awakened by a strong earthquake this morning. There are no reports of major damage, but the quake is blamed for power outages affecting thousands of people. Oklahoma's uptick in earthquakes has been linked to the injection of wastewater underground from oil and gas production.

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas teenager who became known for his so-called "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving wreck is in custody in Mexico -- where authorities say he's been handed over to immigration authorities for deportation back to the United States. Eighteen-year-old Ethan Couch and his mother disappeared a few weeks ago. Prosecutors think they fled because of a video that appeared to show him at a party where people were drinking. If he was drinking, his probation could be revoked and he could get up to 10 years in prison.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening broadly higher as the market erases the losses it suffered over the previous two days. The early gains, which were led by energy companies as crude oil prices rose, put the market at the highest point it's been since early December. The Dow gained more than 150 points in the first few minutes of trading.

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