1 dead, 200+ rescued in San Antonio flooding

2013-05-26T00:00:00Z 1 dead, 200+ rescued in San Antonio floodingFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
May 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Texas

San Antonio flooding kills 1; 200+ rescued

SAN ANTONIO - More than 200 people were rescued from homes and cars amid flooding that killed at least one person Saturday, the San Antonio Fire Department said.

The massive flooding Saturday was caused by torrential rains in San Antonio. Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove said a woman died after being trapped in her car, then getting on the roof and being swept away in floodwaters. Her body was later found against a fence, he said.

By Saturday evening, the water was receding quickly in much of San Antonio. However, pools of water could still be seen in some low-lying areas. And several roads were closed, including a major highway that links the suburbs and the city.

California

Protesters march against Monsanto

LOS ANGELES - Organizers say 2 million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the U.S. and in more 50 other countries on Saturday.

March Against Monsanto protesters want to call attention to what they see as the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Founder and organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply.

Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified.

The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

Missouri

Rail cars hit overpass, buckling highway

CHAFFEE, Mo. - A highway overpass in southeast Missouri collapsed early Saturday when rail cars slammed into one of the bridge's pillars after a cargo train collision, authorities said.

Only two vehicles were on the overpass at the time. Five people in the vehicles were taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital, as were a Union Pacific train conductor and an engineer. All were released by Saturday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

New York

Hagel: Stamp out sex-assault scourge

WEST POINT - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Saturday that they must stamp out the scourge of sexual assault in the military. "Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military are a profound betrayal - a profound betrayal - of sacred oaths and sacred trusts," Hagel told 1,007 graduating cadets. "This scourge must be stamped out."

NYPD investigating actress's allegations

NEW YORK - Internal Affairs officers on Saturday were looking into allegations made by 27-year-old actress Amanda Bynes that New York Police Department officers sexually assaulted her when she was arrested for heaving a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment Thursday night.

The Associated Press

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