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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday pledged to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Mexico in its violent struggle against drug cartels, and acknowledged the U.S. shares blame because of its demand for drugs and supply of weapons. Clinton’s statements come one day after the Obama administration pledged to send more money, technology and manpower to secure the border in the U.S. Southwest and help Mexico battle the cartels.
Just hours before Clinton arrived in Mexico, Authorities announced the arrest of Hector Huerta Rios, one of Mexico’s most wanted drug smugglers. FOX News
Forecasters issued flash flood warnings for Bismarck and surrounding areas Wednesday, as volunteers rushed to fill sandbags ahead of expected record floods in the flat state of North Dakota. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from an area near Bismarck on Tuesday night as the Missouri River flooded. Emergency officials are particularly concerned, however, about the Red River, which snakes through eastern portions of North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. The river is expected to crest between 39 and 41 feet in Fargo on Friday. The record for the Red River at Fargo was set in 1897 at 40.1 feet. CNN
The investigators who have been busy examining multiple plane crashes this year today announced that ice was not likely the cause of last month’s fatal plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., despite early media reports identifying ice as a potential culprit. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is looking into the pilot’s experience and training in connection with the Feb. 12 crash that killed 50 people. New flight data recorder information released today reveals that the controls of the plane were pulled back, which affected the aerodynamics of the wing. ABC News
Legendary American cyclist Lance Armstrong had a stainless steel plate and 12 screws inserted during a surgery meant to mend his broken collarbone. Armstrong was injured earlier this week when he crashed in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon race in northern Spain. The seven-time Tour de France champion plans to be back on his bike in days even though the bone may take eight to 12 weeks to fully mend. Armstrong must resume training almost immediately if he’s to meet his goal of racing in the Giro d’Italia, which begins May 9.The 37-year-old American cyclist also plans to ride in the Tour de France this July. MSNBC