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Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; 100s of homes gone

By SETH ROBBINS SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas Continue reading

Deadly weather soaks south central U.S., forces evacuations

By Jim Forsyth By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Flash flooding and severe storms in Texas forced evacuations, submerged roads and left thousands without power on Sunday, after an Oklahoma firefighter was swept into a storm drain during an overnight rescue effort and died. The National Weather Service reported river flooding across southern Oklahoma and central Texas, where six to nine inches of rain fell overnight. Continue reading

John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics. Continue reading

John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, die in NJ

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Continue reading

US: Iraq’s ‘will to fight’ at issue after IS takeover Ramadi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi shows that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” the U.S. defense secretary says— the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama administration official about Iraqi fighters. Iraqi forces outnumbered their opposition in the capital of Anbar province but failed to fight and pulled back from the city in central Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on CNN’s “State of the Union” TV show, which aired Sunday. Continue reading

Drenching rains force scores of rescues in Oklahoma City

(Reuters) – More than 70 people were rescued on Saturday after severe storms soaked Oklahoma during a month of record rainfall, authorities said. The Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement it had rescued more than 70 people after the drenching storms triggered flash floods in the city Continue reading

Protests erupt after acquittal of Ohio officer

By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race relations in the United States. Judge John O’Donnell said Officer Michael Brelo, 31, acted reasonably in shooting the two suspects while standing on the hood of their surrounded car and firing multiple rounds through the windshield. Brelo, who was among a group of officers who fired on the car, was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Continue reading

Motorist arrested for killing Colorado cadet, injuring officer: police

By Keith Coffman By Keith Coffman LONGMONT, Colo. (Reuters) – A Colorado State Patrol cadet was killed and his training officer critically injured on Saturday when a motorist they tried to stop struck them with his car, authorities said. The cadet, 21-year-old Taylor Thyfault, died at the scene on Colorado Highway 66 outside the town of Longmont, about 35 miles (56 km) north of Denver, State Patrol spokesman Trooper Josh Lewis said in a statement Continue reading

San Francisco police keep eye out for missing ‘Eyeball’ mask

SEATTLE (Reuters) – San Francisco police have asked people to be on the lookout for a valuable mask depicting an eyeball wearing a top hat, an artifact made famous by an avant garde rock band, saying the artwork was stolen during shipment from a Seattle museum. The “Eyeball with Hat,” worth $100,000, was one of four original masks worn by the group The Residents, police said Continue reading

Ohio officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race relations in the United States. Continue reading