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Massive flooding covered several blocks with water in Dundalk Friday afternoon. A broken water main caused the flooding in the area of Dundalk Avenue, WBAL-TV reported. Water flowed over several blocks beginning at about 4 p.m., and several roads have been closed. Water rose up to residents' chests and near the tops of cars in some spots. Many residents lost power. Fire, police, divers and swift water rescue teams are assisting people in the area. No injuries have been reported. Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith advised residents in the area to shelter in place and not go into the rushing water. He reported a couple of rescues of people who went into the water. (NBC Washington)
PUTIN PRAISES THE PREZ
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday a decision by the United States to scrap plans for a missile defense shield in Europe was positive. Putin, speaking to investors in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said he now expected the United States to back a bid by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to join the World Trade Organisation. "I expect that after this correct and brave decision, others will follow, including the complete removal of all restrictions on the transfer of high technology to Russia and activity to widen the membership of the World Trade Organisation to (include) Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus," Putin said. (Reuters)
ANCHORS AWAY ON F-BOMB
A veteran New York City news anchor flubs a line and an obscene catch phrase goes viral on the Internet. Ernie Anastos of Fox affiliate WNYW was bantering with the weatherman Wednesday night when he cheerfully dropped an F-bomb on the air. What he likely intended to say was, "Keep plucking that chicken." Anastos didn't appear to recognize the error, though co-anchor Dari Alexander's eyes bugged out after he said it. (MSNBC)
I WAS ALWAYS HUNGARY ON THAT STREET
Maybe this is why they call it High Street. Police confirm the odd-looking plants they pulled last week from a flower basket in Millville's business district were indeed marijuana. The plants were discovered by a passerby. Police responded to the scene with a ladder and confiscated the 3-foot-tall plants, which were growing in a basket hanging from a lamp post. The city's parks and recreation department, which tends to the baskets, says it has no idea how the pot plants got there. (USA Today)