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The rising Mississippi River broke through a levee Tuesday, forcing authorities to rescue about a half-dozen people by helicopter, boat and four-wheeler as floodwaters moved south into Illinois and Missouri. Residents of this small town in Illinois, like many others who live along the banks of the surging Mississippi River, raced against the clock levees all along the mid-Mississippi were being topped with sandbags Tuesday as the river, fed by its flooded tributaries, continued to rise.
It appears that the Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will meet next week on June 26. According to reports, the former rivals will make a joint appearance in Washington next week before major Clinton fundraisers to bolster support for the presumptive Democratic nominee, their first side-by-side appearance since the long Democratic primary battle ended. Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton met privately in Washington on June 5, two days before Mrs. Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed Mr. Obama. Aides said the two had not spoken or met since, but their respective campaign strategists are sharing information and cooperating as Mr. Obama expands his organization for the general election.
We'll also take a look at the influence of Michelle Obama - throughout the primary season Michelle Obama has been reaching out to women by holding small gatherings to discuss the challenges women face. Are women responding? With Mrs. Obama on The View. Randi Kaye takes a closer look at the potential first lady's relationship with women voters...
Cindy McCain is making a visit to Vietnam this week- In a symbolic move that highlights her international experiences and passion for childrens charities. She travels to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia to renew her ties to programs like Operation Smile. Now that she's the wife of the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, her visit should help draw more press to her international charity work.
This week Al Gore tried making the argument that McCain is nothing more than a third Bush Term, a familiar refrain from the Obama camp. If the label sticks, Obama could be in good shape come the fall. But just how similar are McCain’s positions to Bush’s? We'll explore...
Abby Flantz, 25, and Erica Nelson, 23, were last seen on Thursday, June 12. The two women, both working in Alaska for the summer at a local wilderness lodge, were dropped by a shuttle bus at an access point to Denali's backcountry hiking area. The driver confirmed to officials that the pair had been dropped at the park Thursday, and other hikers reported seeing them on the trail about 15 miles from the park entrance. Flantz and Nelson had obtained a wilderness permit that morning for an overnight backpacking trip in the 9,500-square-mile park. They did not emerge from their trek on Friday, June 13, and their employers at the lodge reported the pair overdue to the National Park Service on Saturday when they failed to show up for work.
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