This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 2:00 AM EST shows a storm system moving into the southern Pacific Northwest and California with heavy rain. Isolated showers are possible as far west as Arizona and New Mexico. Areas in the highest elevations could have snow showers with this system.(AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

Storms bring relief, new worries to California

Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.…
File - In this Oct. 2, 2009, file photo, a dead almond crop is seen in California's Westland Water District in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels, File)

NASA turns research to California drought

NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.…
Plaza Towers Elementary

Newspaper: Destroyed Oklahoma schools poorly built

Two engineering groups say elementary schools that collapsed during a tornado at Moore last year were poorly designed and could have offered more protection if they had been properly reinforced.…
Tyler Traskos, 13, of Saline, walks with his mother Sandy as they cross N. Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Melanie Maxwell)

After short break, winter returns to central US

After a brief respite of sunshine, winter returned to much of the nation's midsection Thursday, bringing a chilly mix of rain, sleet and snow and even the risk of tornadoes.…
Evening commuters navigate melting snow and puddles Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2014, as they head home in Chicago. Weeks of subfreezing weather are giving way, at least briefly, to temperatures in the 50s, putting cities on guard for flooding, roof collapses and clogged storm drains. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Mild weather in Midwest offers new headaches

Residents of the Chicago area are facing some flooding problems today. The sunny skies that started melting the snow this week have now given way to steady rain, and more melting.…