To get her middle school students to dive into what could be a dry math lesson, Kelly Hutchings turns to the cable bill. The second-year teacher is a classroom blur, constantly on the move, always in a battle with the attention spans of seventh-graders at Boston K-8 School, who may be from Burma or west Aurora.
California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land that poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012.
A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.