More than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds have
been collected dead and alive from along California's
oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a
petroleum pipeline ruptured there, wildlife officials say.
The Queen is to set out the British government's plans for a
European Union membership referendum as Prime Minister David
Cameron faces pressure to explain when it will be held and
what changes to the EU he wants.
Israeli aircraft have struck a number of sites in the Gaza
Strip from the air, residents and the Israeli military say,
after a rocket that Palestinian militants fired from the
enclave landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
Torrential rains have killed at least 15 people in Texas and
Oklahoma, including two in Houston where floods turned
streets into rivers and led to about 1000 calls for help in
the fourth-most populous US city, officials say.