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Dog Flu Spreading Through Midwest

Experts advise owners to keep their pups away from others

(Newser) - First it was Illinois . Now the canine dog flu that has put Chicago-area owners and veterinarians on edge has also spread to Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, per the AP , with more than 1,000 dogs in these Midwest states sickened, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine reports. The... More »

Velveeta Recalled Over Lack of Preservatives

Affected product is marked 021000611614

(Newser) - If you buy your Velveeta at Walmart, read on: Kraft is recalling some 260 cases of the cheese product sent to Walmart stores because overly low levels of a preservative—that would be sorbic acid—could lead to spoiling and food-borne illness, the AP reports. The cases were shipped to... More »

Bundle Up: Polar Vortex Returns for an Encore

Frigid weather just won't let up

(Newser) - The wait for spring isn't getting any easier. The northern US is in for more Arctic chills, LiveScience reports. While it won't be the season's coldest weather in absolute terms, it could be the coldest compared to what's normal for this time of year, an expert... More »

Hercules Rages On, Drops Nearly 2 Feet of Snow

Another 1,350 US flights have been cancelled today

(Newser) - Winter storm Hercules continues to flex its muscles, dumping well over a foot of snow in places, sparking states of emergency, and bringing with it freezing temperatures and the threat of hypothermia. Experts warn that even shoveling your driveway can be dangerous. The latest:
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Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US

Philadelphia gets a record 8 inches

(Newser) - It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN . Yesterday,... More »

New in Factory Farming: Exploding Poop Foam

One blast killed 1.5K hogs, but can be treated with an antibiotic

(Newser) - The latest thing out of industrial agriculture isn't too appetizing: Burbling up from the manure pits beneath factory hog farms is an oozing substance that's charmingly being dubbed "poop foam"—and it's un-charmingly explosive, reports Mother Jones . The ooze is wreaking havoc on large hog... More »

Violent Storms Wreak Havoc in Missouri, Arkansas

Missouri gov. calls state of emergency after 2 reported tornadoes

(Newser) - At least two reported tornadoes have damaged dozens of homes in Missouri and Arkansas, leaving at least three people injured. In a suburb of St. Louis, some 24 homes were damaged as a storm tore roofs off buildings, CNN reports. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency; he'll... More »

Bumblebees Scarce in Midwest

Studies suggest they're also in trouble, just like honeybees

(Newser) - It is not just honeybees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest. Two new studies in today's journal Science conclude that wild bees, including the American bumblebee, are increasingly important in pollinating flowers and crops that provide us with food. And,... More »

Storm Closes All Highways in 6 Okla. Counties

Blizzard hits as region still recovering from monster storm

(Newser) - The Great Plains region is being pounded by another massive winter storm, just days after a huge storm system dumped more than a foot of snow on some areas. The National Weather Service warns that the storm is bringing potentially "life threatening" and "crippling" conditions to parts of... More »

2 Killed in in Midwest Snowstorm

Hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - A Midwest snowstorm has pounded the region, leaving record snowfall in some areas and hundreds of flights canceled, CNN reports. Two people were killed amid several road accidents, the AP reports. Kansas was hit hardest, with 9 inches at the Kansas City Airport arriving in a single day—nearly double... More »

Massive Storm Belting Midwest Has Silver Lining

It will ease the drought in hard-hit parts of the country: Weather Underground

(Newser) - With winter storm warnings and advisories being issued from western New Mexico to southwestern Virginia, officials fear they could be facing the worst storm to hit the central US since a massive system covered much of the country two years ago , reports the USA Today . Already, 8 inches of snow... More »

Storms Kill 4 in Oklahoma; Twister Strikes New York City

Family's trailer flung 100 yards in Nowata County

(Newser) - Fierce thunderstorms with strong winds tore through Oklahoma, killing a truck driver and a family whose mobile home was flipped into a creek. One storm rolled in so fast, a couple in Nowata County had no time to reach a storm shelter on their property before wind picked up their... More »

Drought Drying Up Home Wells

Families forced to adapt in a hurry

(Newser) - If you rely on well water and live in the Midwest, hopefully you're not too attached to the idea of showering. The drought pummeling the nation has been drying up a lot of private wells, the New York Times reports, forcing rural homeowners to either take the not-exactly-cheap step... More »

In Steamy Midwest Streams, Scads of Fish Die Off

Hot, dry summer killing off thousands

(Newser) - Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as one of the hottest, driest summers in history dries up rivers and pushes water temps in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon died in Iowa last week as the water temp hit 97, while Nebraska fishery... More »

Cougars Again Prowl Midwest

178 confirmed sightings between 1990 and 2008

(Newser) - Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near-extinction, according to a new study in the Journal of Wildlife Management. The study showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest between 1990 and 2008—up significantly from sightings before 1990, when there... More »

Sand Mining Craze Stirs Up Health Fears

But fracking companies love the tiny particles

(Newser) - The upper Midwest is home to the latest craze in American mining: sand. Mining companies are knocking on doors in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and nearby states to dig up tons of the stuff so oil and gas producers can inject it into the ground in a process known as fracking. Sand... More »

Ron Paul: Tornado Victims Shouldn't Get Aid

Federal money is 'stealing,' says candidate

(Newser) - Even in the wake of last week's massive tornado damage , Ron Paul remained steadfast in his libertarian principles, saying he was opposed to any emergency aid from the federal government, reports the National Journal . "The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley,... More »

9 Killed as Violent Storms Lash Midwest

Toll could rise in Missouri, Illinois

(Newser) - At least nine people are dead as a violent storm system sweeps across the Midwest, causing tornadoes, pounding rain, high winds, golf-ball-sized hail, and "dangerous lightning." "It's like nothing I've ever seen, and something I don't care to see again," says the mayor... More »

US Faces Fresh Tornado Threat

Ohio Valley to Texas could be hardest-hit after 250 storms last week

(Newser) - Some 250 tornadoes wreaked havoc in the US last week, and—brace yourself—another possible wave of tornadoes may hit this week. Last week’s tornadoes killed at least 47 people across six states; now, a storm system heading east from the Rockies is threatening new snow, flooding, hail, and... More »

Neighbors Rescue Man Buried Under Snow 4 Hours

Woman spotted his hand with her binoculars; he's doing fine

(Newser) - Here's one great story emerging from the week's brutal blizzard: An alert neighbor and her trusty pair of binoculars saved the life of a 66-year-old Wisconsin man who was buried under snow for four hours, reports AOL News . Joe Latta's ordeal began about 5am when he trudged out his driveway... More »

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