Eight potentially new fish species found along Bali reefs
This dottyback, in the genus of Manonichthys, is one of the eight potentially new species of fish found off Bali.
May 15th, 2011
10:57 PM ET

Eight potentially new fish species found along Bali reefs

Scientists have found eight potentially new species of reef fish and a potentially new species of bubble coral in waters surrounding the Indonesian island of Bali, according to Conservation International.

The fish and coral were found by a team of 10 scientists during a two-week marine survey that ended Wednesday, said Mark Erdmann, senior adviser for CI’s marine program.

Erdmann said he is 99.9% sure the fish are newly discovered species. With Bali being a well-traveled tourism destination with lots of diving, the new find “tells us there’s still a bit of mystery there.”

“We find that intriguing, knowing that there’s things there that we don’t even know about,” Erdmann said in a phone interview Sunday night.

The species haven’t been named. Erdmann said the fish, with their genus in parenthesis, are:

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
May 15th, 2011
07:57 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Hundreds of people in low-lying central Louisiana will be fleeing or trying to protect their homes this week as authorities divert more water from a swollen Mississippi River toward them and away from more-populated areas. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

More spillway gates expected to be opened in Louisiana

For the first time in nearly 40 years, some of the Morganza Spillway's floodgates were opened over the weekend, sending excess water from the Mississippi River toward homes and farmland in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin. Nearly 4,000 people are expected to be affected, and some of them are trying to build barriers around their towns and homes in hopes of defending themselves against the flooding.

Authorities plan to open as many as one-fourth of the spillway's 125 floodgates in the coming days, the Army Corps of Engineers has said. The water is being diverted through the spillway in hopes of sparing heavily populated areas such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans from severe flooding.

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Flooding: Spillways in smaller towns to spare larger towns
Residents boat through a flooded section of the Atchafalaya River Saturday in Simmesport, Louisiana.
May 15th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Flooding: Spillways in smaller towns to spare larger towns

Residents in towns along the swollen Mississippi River were frantically trying to build levees and place sandbags to protect their homes Sunday as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened two additional gates on the Morganza spillway. The move is aimed at sparing Louisiana's more populated areas from flooding. But opening the Morganza spillway could still affect nearly 4,000 people living in homes or tending farms in the Atchafalaya Basin, Gov. Bobby Jindal says.

What is a spillway?

Late Sunday morning, St. Landry Parish authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation for about 2,000 people in Krotz Springs and Melville, Louisiana. Slightly over 1,000 people live in Krotz Springs, its woodland basin made famous in the Dennis Hopper classic film "Easy Rider." Melville has about the same population.

For the latest news on flooding, CNN.com has the story covered in photos, words and video.

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New Zealand tries to identify remaining quake victims
The February 22 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed nearly 200 people.
May 15th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

New Zealand tries to identify remaining quake victims

There remain unidentified victims from the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and on Monday a three-day investigation will begin in the hopes of naming those people. Police have identified 172 of the 181 victims killed in the 6.3-magnitude disaster, but there are still nine victims whose names should be registered and death certificates issued, according to the New Zealand Herald. Police have not been able to match the names of the missing with the remains, the newspaper reports.

Watch a March 3 video of the ferocious winds and other bad weather that hampered rescue attempts after the quake.

The New Zealand earthquake, the devastating March earthquake in Japan, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake have prompted the question: Why can't seismologists predict earthquakes?  Researchers say prediction is a tough nut to crack. "To make the kind of accurate, short-term predictions people want, one would need to identify a reliable precursor some signal that we could observe that tells us that a big quake is imminent," writes Susan E. Hough, a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey and a science writer.

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Woman beheaded in Spain supermarket
Jennifer Mills-Westley, a British national, was killed in an apparently random attack in Spain's Canary Islands on May 14, 2011.
May 15th, 2011
07:09 AM ET

Woman beheaded in Spain supermarket

A British grandmother was beheaded in an apparently random attack in a supermarket in Spain's Canary Islands.

A man who stole a knife in the supermarket attacked Jennifer Mills-Westley and cut her head off, then ran away with it, government officials in Tenerife said Friday. Shopping center security guards chased the man and subduing him until police arrived. The man, a Bulgarian, was known in the area, a government spokeswoman said.

Mills-Westley was retired and living between Tenerife in the Canary Islands and France where her daughter and grandchildren live, her family said in a statement Saturday.

"She was full of life, generous of heart, would do anything for anyone," said her daughter Sarah. The family is "devastated by the news of her death ... We now have to find a way of living without her love and light."

Mills-Westley had been a county council worker in Norfolk, England, council leader Derrick Murphy told CNN. Murphy said he did not know Mills-Westley because he joined the council after she retired, but he planned to have current and former council employees organize a tribute to her.

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