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Storms to be wetter and wilder

WASHINGTON—Summer thunderstorms in North America likely will be larger, wetter, and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says.

Future storms also will be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states, according to a federally-funded study released yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Landmark Mladic verdict closely watched in the Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia — As the U.N. war crimes court prepares to wrap up its work with a verdict in the landmark genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, deep divisions persist in the Balkans over the tribunal’s role in delivering justice and paving the way for reconciliation in the war-torn region of Europe.

Keystone pipeline leak days before Nebraska expansion ruling

PIERRE, S.D. — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

State officials and pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. disclosed the leak Thursday, and the company shut down the pipeline.

Pope auctions Lamborghini to rebuild Christian Iraq

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday ‚Äî but he won’t be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it.

Instead, the special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities including one aimed at helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by the Islamic State group.