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At least 31 people dead in western China flooding

Floodwaters surging through Himalayan foothills in western China have swept bridges, houses and hillsides into roiling brown torrents, leaving at least 31 people dead and 166 missing Thursday, as heavy rains buffeted many parts of the country.Full story

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  Nicholas Thompson, editor of The New Yorker magazine's website, talks with Rachel Maddow about their "Strongbox" submission tool that allows sources to remain anonymous and untraceable when they submit a story tip.

What Caused The Deadly China Earthquake?

The strong earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province at 8:47 a.m. local time Saturday (April 20) probably hit along the same fault as the region's devastating 2008 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Full story

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  Earthquake in China

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China's Sichuan province on Saturday, killing scores of people and injuring thousands close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

Visitors crowd an artificial wave pool at a tourist resort to escape the summer heat in Daying county of Suining
Visitors crowd an artificial wave pool at a tourist resort to escape the summer heat in Daying county of Suining

Visitors crowd an artificial wave pool at a tourist resort to escape the summer heat in Daying county of Suining, Sichuan province, July 27, 2013. Picture taken July 27, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL S

A pair of newborn giant panda twins are seen in an incubator at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
A pair of newborn giant panda twins are seen in an incubator at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

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A toppled residential building is seen after floods hit Longmenshan county, Pengzhou, Sichuan province
A toppled residential building is seen after floods hit Longmenshan county, Pengzhou, Sichuan province

A toppled residential building is seen after floods hit Longmenshan county, Pengzhou, Sichuan province, July 15, 2013. China braced on last Friday for the impact of Typhoon Soulik as the toll of dead and missing from torrential rain across a broad swathe of China climbed beyond 200. Picture taken Ju