The fate of some 40 whales stranded in a remote region off Florida's Everglades National Park was unclear Friday, with officials saying they had lost track of more than half. Twenty-four of the mammals were unaccounted for, Blair Mase of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told reporters, calling the development "encouraging." Eleven of the pilot whales have died since the mysterious mass stranding was first reported Tuesday, with rescuers racing against time to save the rest. On Thursday, a rescue team of experts from several agencies, including the National Park Service and the US Coast Guard, grew from 25 to 35 scientists and stranding specialists who can only reach the whales by boat.
DALLAS (AP) — As snow and freezing rain blanketed normally sun-swept North Texas, residents accustomed to warmer temperatures appeared to heed warnings on what one hardware store manager called "Ice Friday," staying off nearly impassable roadways and out of the skin-stinging cold.