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Deadly storm lingers over plains states

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 29, 2007


AUSTIN, TEXAS - Rain soaked the Plains states Monday in a lingering storm blamed for five dead, two missing and more than 1,000 people stranded over the Memorial Day weekend. The storm's latest lashing caused some minor flooding and road closures. Flood warnings were issued for parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as far north as Wyoming and South Dakota. In Oklahoma, more than 1, 000 campers trapped in their cars by flash flooding on Sunday were able to leave Turner Falls Park near Davis on Monday. No injuries were reported.

 

Bird flu survivors may hold treatment

WASHINGTON - Blood donated by four survivors of bird flu seems to harbor a potent protection against the deadly virus. Scientists have long suspected that culling immune-system molecules from survivors could provide a new therapy for the hard-to-treat H5N1 flu strain. In the online journal PLoS-Medicine on Monday, an international team of researchers reported the first evidence, albeit from tests in mice, that it really may work. If the research pans out, it could be possible to stockpile these antibodies as an additional way to treat or even prevent H5N1 in case the worrisome flu strain ever mutates to spark an epidemic.

 

Lost whales travel 24 miles, then stop

BENICIA, CALIF. - Two humpback whales lost in the Sacramento River encouraged biologists Monday by making progress toward their ocean home before halting at Benicia-Martinez Bridge, about 45 miles from the Pacific. Unlike the relatively narrow section of the river where the two had lingered for the past week, the whales were in a holding pattern in a much wider waterway teeming with traffic. The shift came after an encouraging spurt in which they traveled about 24 miles in 24 hours. They were first spotted May 13 and got as far as the Port of Sacramento.