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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Searchers are still looking for five people missing in flooding that has left at least 22 dead. And while the worst is over in the St. Louis area, it's getting worse downstream. Record and near-record crest predictions of the Mississippi River and levee breaks threaten homes in rural southern Missouri and Illinois. There have been at least 11 levee failures.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — A family row over use of a washing machine was apparently the catalyst for a shooting that left four people dead in Southern California. Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife and two others in his home on New Year's Eve before his son wrestled the gun away and fatally shot him. Officials say the 54-year-old father was a heavy drinker with a large gun collection and police had been called there before. The son is being held on suspicion of murder.
PATHANKOT, India (AP) — Press Trust of India news agency quoted police as saying an operation is ongoing to clear a wider area of other possible intruders at an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan. Four gunmen who entered the living quarters of the base have been killed by Indian troops, along with two soldiers. At least one helicopter could be seen later in the day firing at an area inside the base. Shots could also be heard from inside the base.
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say they are seeing fewer humpback whales around Hawaii, where the return each winter to mate and give birth, but it may not be bad news. The Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary says it may be a product of their success. Officials say the whales' absence could just mean they're spending more time feeding in northern waters, possibly because of El Nino disruptions or because their population has gone up. The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, has died. She was 65. Cole carved out her own success with R&B hits like "Our Love" and "This Will Be" before triumphantly intertwining her and her father's legacies to make his "Unforgettable" their signature hit through technological wizardry. He family says she died of complications from ongoing health issues.
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