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Florida growers said Tuesday the state's tomato industry is threatened with "complete collapse" because of concerns with a multistate salmonella food poisoning outbreak that has affected 150 people. McDonald's, Wal-Mart, and other US chains have halted the sale of certain tomatoes. Florida's $40 million crop could rot if the situation isn't resolved soon.

The Justice Department's inspector general reported Monday that the FBI's outdated technology and undertrained workers are to blame for major immigration delays.

To deal with Midwest flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers said it would close a 250-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, between Fulton, Ill., and Clarksville, Mo., as soon as Thursday. By Monday, eight sites in central and southern Indiana reported water levels higher than a 1913 flood that was the area's worst deluge.

A "dead zone" off the Louisiana and Texas coasts could grow this summer to a record 10,084 square miles, scientists predicted Monday, based on nitrate levels in the Mississippi River. The excess nutrients spur algae growth, which leads to oxygen-depleted waters, threatening local fishing.


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