CBS' Twitter Accounts Hacked; Man Hijacks Texas Bus; Fire, Snow, Floods

By: AP
By: AP
Two CBS News Program Twitter feeds "compromised"... On Saturday night both accounts were suspended and inaccessible.... Police: Man hijacked bus before killing himself... Southern CA fire forces evacuation of 200 homes... Sheriff: 5 snowboarders killed in Colo. Avalanche... Floodwaters approaching several towns in Midwest...

Hijacked bus near Austin, Texas on Saturday

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Twitter accounts for two national CBS programs have been compromised and suspended.
A CBS News spokeswoman confirms Saturday that tweets sent earlier in the afternoon from the "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" Twitter handles saying their accounts were compromised are correct.
The tweets said the network is working with Twitter to investigate. On Saturday night both accounts were suspended and inaccessible.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The CBS spokeswoman didn't comment further.
Earlier in the day tweets coming from the 60 Minutes account seemed farfetched, including one that claimed the US government was "hiding the real culprit of the Boston bombing."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Police say a gunman hijacked a city bus in Austin, ordered the driver and the two passengers to get off, and led officers on a 30-mile chase before pulling over and killing himself.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the man boarded the bus about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. He forced everyone to leave the vehicle, got behind the steering wheel and drove off.
Police spotted the bus and pursued it. They tried several times to get the driver to pull over, but he refused.
Officers then put down road spikes and deflated the bus tires. The man eventually pulled into an auto parts store parking lot.
Police say officers heard a gunshot as they surrounded the bus. They say the man fatally shot himself. They didn't immediately release his name.

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on a brush fire that erupted in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills east of Los Angeles.
Authorities are lifting evacuation orders for residents of some 200 homes who were forced to flee after the fire broke out in Monrovia Saturday.
City officials say the blaze was sparked by equipment used by a gardener working the backyard. Flames spread to the hillside behind the residence, scorching about 175 acres.
The fire is 50 percent contained.
The city's fire chief said dry, thick brush on steep terrain made the fire difficult to contain. However, the lack of evening wind is helping firefighters get a handle on the blaze.

GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities have recovered the bodies of five snowboarders who were killed in a backcountry avalanche on Colorado's Loveland Pass.
Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said multiple search and rescue crews located the bodies Saturday. A sixth snowboarder was caught in the slide. That person's condition was unknown.
Krueger said authorities are pretty certain the snowboarders triggered the avalanche, which he said was about 600 yards wide and eight feet deep.

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- An all-too-familiar springtime ritual is playing out around the nation's heartland this weekend as volunteers, National Guardsmen and even prison inmates join together in an effort to ward off fast-rising floodwaters.
Dire flooding situations dotted at least six Midwestern states following torrential rains this past week that dumped up to 7 inches in some locations. Record flooding was possible in some places as dozens of rivers overflowed their banks.
The floods and flash floods have forced hundreds of evacuations, closed countless roads, swamped farmland, shut down barge traffic on much of the upper Mississippi River and closed two Mississippi River bridges.
Several Mississippi River towns north of St. Louis were expected to see crests on Sunday, including hard-hit Clarksville, Mo.


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