CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) - This year’s record rainfall and devastating flooding are forcing tough decisions about the future of farming in the face of climate change. Farmers who lost billions of dollars in grain, livestock and equipment must decide whether to continue to gamble on fertile bottomlands, as federal officials determine how many damaged levees can and should be rebuilt. Many farmers now believe heavier rains are the new normal _ even those skeptical that human activity is a factor. With the ground still soggy heading into winter, experts say the stage is set for more flooding next spring.

RICHLAND, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a pickup truck driver was killed Thursday morning when the pickup rammed into an oncoming semitrailer on U.S. Highway 30 in eastern Nebraska's Colfax County. The crash occurred about a mile northeast of Richland. The county attorney says the westbound pickup swerved into the eastbound lanes and struck the semi despite the semi driver's efforts to avoid the collision. Authorities say the slick pavement likely caused the accident. The drivers' names haven't been released.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A Nebraska theater troupe got scrooged by a bus crash that led to the cancellation of its national tour of “A Christmas Carol.” Now performers are singing a different tune - they just want to be home for Christmas. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan canceled its University of Maine performance Thursday night and remaining tour dates after a bus crash that injured several performers. Troupe members were given a stipend to get home, but members were dealing with trying to arrange travel during the busy holiday season.

FAIRBURY, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a man armed with an ax and crowbar was arrested after making threats at a city office in southeast Nebraska. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that a city of Fairbury employee reported Tuesday that the man had walked into the city offices and made threats against city officials. He left when he determined none of them was there and said he was headed to the courthouse to find a county official. The sheriff's office says deputies soon spotted him and used a stun gun on him twice when he wouldn't follow commands. Court records don't show that he's been formally charged yet.

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