Mississippi River cresting in flood-hit Illinois, southern Missouri

Mississippi River cresting in flood-hit Illinois, southern Missouri


Nearly 10 million people across the Midwest were under a flood warning Saturday as several spots along the Mississippi River were expected to reach near-record crests this weekend, the latest threats to a region that got slammed this week by severe flooding.

The river’s cresting — the highest stage or level of a flood wave — was due to affect communities in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

Even after a river crests, flooding can still be a problem…



There’s a small drone startup helping Facebook build its new internet-beaming helicopter drone

Facebook’s latest plan to help people get online is rather unusual: It involves an autonomous robot helicopter that is tethered to the ground, and specifically built to operate during times of crisis or natural disasters.

Think of it like a drone, only plugged into a power line. This means it can stay airborne for long periods — it has no battery to rely on — but can’t move very far.

Facebook unveiled the drone at the company’s annual F8 developer conference last month, but what we didn’t know at the time is that Facebook has a partner in this endeavor: Everfly, a five-person drone startup that spun out of Otherlab, a firm that…


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