Storms slam South - Another round of severe weather is expected to slam the eastern third of the country Wednesday, hours after a series of tornadoes, baseball-size hail and flooding left a trail of destruction.
People were reported trapped in homes in Marshall County, Alabama, after a possible twister struck there Wednesday morning, said Lee Rosser, a logistics specialist for the county Emergency Management Agency. There were also reports of people trapped at a nearby campground, he said.
In Mississippi, three people died overnight as severe weather swept the state, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.
The storm system claimed at least one life Tuesday night in Sharp County, Arkansas, bringing the death toll to 11 in that state since Monday.
The Storm Prediction Center said there's a high chance of severe weather on Wednesday across portions of northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia andÂ in southern Tennessee.
"The storms are just amazingly explosive, and they're covering a very large area," said Greg Carbin with the storm center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Divorce rates up as economy improves - When the economy soured, many couples opted to put their divorces on hold, CNN's Mary Snow reports. Now, after several years of declining divorce cases, couples are splitting up as the economic situation gets better. The recession has also changed the nature of divorce cases. In states where the real estate market tanked, instead of fighting over the house, couples wrangled over who would be left with the devalued property.
More unrest in Syria - Terror reigned in the Syrian city of Daraa on Wednesday as intermittent gunfire rang out overnight and snipers held their positions on rooftops, a witness said.
He said the situation "is worsening day after day"Â after the country's recent anti-government protests started.
Five people were killed by sniper fire Tuesday, including a 6-year-old girl, said the witness, who is not being identified for security reasons. But no funerals have taken place, he said, because security forces occupy the cemetery.
Residents flee volcano in Ecuador - Authorities in Ecuador closed schools and evacuated residents in areas near a volcano Tuesday after ashes spewing from its crater fell on homes and farms, state media reported.
Ashes from Tungurahua - which means "throat of fire" in the native Quechua language - rose more than 7 kilometers (4 miles) into the air Tuesday,Â a government news agency said.
Authorities issued an alert as monitors detected six eruptions, ranging from moderate to large, and a significant ash cloud Tuesday, state media said.
"According to our observations, damages to crops, pastures and small effects to the health of people are already evident," the country's geophysics institute said.
Royal weddingÂ â€“Â Die-hard royal fans are already staking out their spots in preparation for the nuptials ofÂ Prince William and Kate Middleton,Â who will tie the knot Friday.Â For full royal wedding coverage, including a wedding guest list,Â CNN.com's "Unveiled" blog has it all.