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The deaths of two paradegoers at this year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans cast a pall over the raucous festivities and spurred the city to demand an 11th-hour change to tandem floats — multiple parade…

Floodwater surrounds abandoned cars in Tenbury Wells, in western England, after the River Teme burst its banks on Sunday. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images) Andrew Freedman Editor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment.…