Tornado Cleanup and Flood Fears
PLAINS FLOODING - Major flooding is expected across most of Missouri today, comparable to the devastating floods in 1993 that were the most costly and destructive in U.S. history, the National Weather Service reports. The Platte River, near the town of Agency, is expected to reach 15 feet above flood stage, putting the entire town under water. Gov. Matt Blunt has issued a state of emergency. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate from Missouri, Kansas in Iowa after a weekend of deadly storms. Shelters have been set up.
TORNADO AFTERMATH - Recovery efforts are still underway for Greensburg after a half-mile wide tornado ripped through the Kansas town in 10 minutes on Sunday. FEMA says that some trailers are in place for residents and more are on their way. President Bush will visit the area Wednesday and hear from the governor, who says the state's response to the emergency has been hindered by the National Guard's equipment being used in Iraq. Click here for the story.
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Royal Itinerary Nears End
THE QUEEN - Queen Elizabeth II will pay tribute to American soldiers with a visit to the National World War II memorial, and then have a formal dinner for President Bush at the British Embassy. She will venture home with her husband, Prince Phillip, on Wednesday.
Terror Concerns in Iraq, and At Home
FORT DIX TERROR PLOT- A group of homegrown fundamentalist terrorists were arrested for plotting to use automatic weapons to attack Fort Dix, the Army installation in Burlington County, N.J, ABC's Rich Esposito reports. The six men arrested were of Yugoslav and Albanian ethnic dissent, increasing concern among counter terror officials that terrorists will be harder to identify.
IRAQI CHILDREN- A report released Monday placed Iraq last in child survival rankings, finding that the chance that an Iraqi child will live beyond age 5 has plummeted faster than any other nation in the world since 1990. ABC's Terry McCarthy is following this story, and has this report. Check for additional details on tonight's "World News."
IRAQ - A suicide car bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 70 in a busy market in the Shiite holy city of Kufa, located about 100 miles South from Baghdad. The attack is expected to enflame tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. Click here.
MARINES-HADITHA - The case begins at Camp Pendleton for the four officers accused of failing to report and investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha, in the largest criminal case involving civilian deaths in the Iraq War.
VETERAN PTSD - A panel of medical experts said that the increasing number of veterans suffering posttraumatic stress disorder will require better tests to determine how to treat and identify affected personnel.
CHENEY TO THE MIDDLE EAST- Vice President Dick Cheney departs for the Middle East to meet with leaders in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan to discuss issues facing the region. He will also meet with U.S. military commanders and speak with U.S. troops stationed in the Persian Gulf.
AN AILING FLEET- Top combat commanders at the Air Force say that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wearing out the service's fleet of airplanes faster than ever because of harsh terrains, USA Today reports.
Campaign 2008 - Whose In the Lead?
CAMPAIGN 2008 - Rudy Giuliani's tax returns show that he made at least six donations totaling $900 to the abortion rights group Planned Parenthood from 1993 to 1999, politico.com reports. News of the contributions could complicate Giuliani's efforts to appeal to conservatives in the GOP primaries.
VOTE 2008 - A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that Sen. Hillary Clinton is gaining favor with Democrats, leading over Barack Obama by 15 points. The poll also showed that Rudy Giuliani is leading 14 points over John McCain among Republican voters.
STATINS STUDY - A new medical study found that statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs used to help protect against heart disease, can reduce the risk of lung cancer by 50 percent.
From Solar Sails to a Favored City
SAILING BY THE SUN - A solar-powered catamaran will dock at a New York harbor after traveling seven thousand miles from Spain across the Atlantic. Piloted by five Swiss sailors, it's the first trans-Atlantic trip in a boat powered solely by the sun.
THE NATION'S BEST CITY - Gainesville, Florida, home to the University of Florida, is the best place to live in the country, according to a new book that rates cities in 10 categories, from the economy to the arts.