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Northern California officials said they believed three storms in as many days caused a section of a rain-swollen canal in Fernley, Nev., to rupture and flood hundreds of homes in the high desert town 30 miles east of Reno. One official suggested that burrowing rodents might have contributed to the break. By Saturday, waters had receded after the Truckee River, which flows into the canal, was diverted upstream. Above, a crew distributes sand bags from a truck in Fernley.

Senior US officials are considering approaching Pakistan's government about conducting more aggressive covert CIA and military operations in that country to counter Al Qaeda and Taliban influences, The New York Times said Sunday.

US Customs and Border Pro-tection officials have proposed a change in cruise industry requirements designed to make US ships more competitive with foreign-based lines on trips between California and Hawaii. The rule change would force foreign ships departing from Los Angeles and San Diego to spend two days rather than one in Mexico before sailing on to the islands. This would make cruises more costly for foreign lines, possibly bolstering US business.

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