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Flooding in South puts a damper on US rice harvest

LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — Heavy rain that brought record flooding to Louisiana recently has put a damper on the nation’s harvest of rice, a food staple that usually likes water as it grows but can’t be gathered by machine if fields are inundated. While rice is an aquatic plant, this …

A guide to seeing the pope in Philadelphia

Pope Francis will spend two days in Philadelphia next month, but visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the pontiff will have to make every minute of their planning count. His two big public events will both be on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to the city’s museum district. He’ll …

Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

WASHINGTON (AP) — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar. It’s El Nino …

Nicaragua in thrall of Ortega’s canal dream

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Six months after the Sandinista government granted a Chinese businessman a 100-year concession to build a vast canal across Nicaragua, most of the nation is in the thrall of the imagined waterway. In the capital, Nicaraguans snap photographs of the plaster Virgin Mary perched on an …

Nicaragua canal fast-tracked with Chinese boost

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For centuries, tycoons and adventurers alike have dreamed of building a canal through Nicaragua between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and riding a boom in international trade to new riches. Up until now, however, all comers were forced to admit defeat when faced with the sheer …