U.S. drought grows to cover widest area since 1956

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 5:38 p.m. CDT; updated 5:47 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 16, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.