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By: AP

TEXAS FLOODING
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Authorities say flooding in San Antonio has killed at least two people, and they are searching for a third person who was swept away in a creek.
San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove says two women were killed in separate incidents Saturday after becoming trapped in their cars. Emergency crews recovered both of their bodies.
In the suburb of Schertz, authorities are still looking for a teenage boy who was swept away while trying to cross the swollen Cibolo Creek.
Torrential rains swamped San Antonio with flash floods on Saturday. Emergency workers used boats as they rushed to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes.
More rain is forecast for overnight.

OKLAHOMA TORNADO-OBAMA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will travel to the Oklahoma City area on Sunday.
Obama will see firsthand the federal, state and local response to the devastating tornado that tore through the area on Monday.
The president also plans to visit with families that were impacted by the tragedy, as well as thank the many first responders who came to their aid.
Monday's EF4 twister, with winds approaching 200 mph. killed 24 people in Moore, Okla., including seven children at an elementary school.

I-5 BRIDGE COLLAPSE
SEATTLE (AP) -- The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says the bridge collapse in Washington state is a wake-up call for the nation.
Debbie Hersman says transportation officials need to study carefully the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River and learn from it.
Investigators need to find out what happened in Washington and if it could be repeated at similar bridges around the country.
Hersman says her team will spend a week to 10 days in the area looking at the bridge, talking to the truck driver whose vehicle hit it, and examining maintenance documents and previous accident reports.
Hersman does not expect the investigation to delay removal of debris from the river or work on a temporary solution to replace or repair the I-5 span.

TRAIN DERAILMENT-MISSOURI
CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a freight train collision in southeast Missouri.
Authorities say a highway overpass collapsed early today when rail cars slammed into one of the bridge's pillars after the collision. Seven people were injured, though none seriously.
The bridge collapsed after a Union Pacific train hit the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection. Derailed rail cars then hit columns supporting the Highway M overpass, causing it to buckle and partially collapse.
The collision happened about 2:30 a.m. near Chaffee, a town of about 3,000 southwest of Cape Girardeau.
Only two vehicles were on the overpass at the time.
The crash derailed dozens of rail cars hauling scrap metal, automobiles and auto parts, tossing them into the overpass' support columns. The highway was shut down for about 8 miles from Scott City to Chaffee.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says the overpass was about 15 years old and in good condition but just couldn't withstand the impact from the rail cars.

WEST POINT-HAGEL
Hagel: Cadets must stamp out sex assault scourge
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is telling West Point cadets that sexual assault in the military must be stamped out.
Hagel's message comes a day after President Barack Obama delivered a similar edict to U.S. Naval Academy graduates, amid a series of widespread incidents of sexual misconduct across the military in recent months and a new report showing that the problem is growing.
Hagel tells graduates at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that they must be the generation of leaders who will stop the debilitating threats of suicide, sexual assault and drug and alcohol abuse that are hurting the all-volunteer force.
He says that as they face an uncertain future, they must also be ready to fight unpredictable wars with fewer people and less money.

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) -- The first summer season after Superstorm Sandy is underway at the Jersey shore, parts of which were devastated by the October storm.
Cold, wet weather is expected to keep at least some potential vacationers away this weekend, but others are returning to their favorite shore spots regardless of the temperature.
Rainy weather and below-normal temperatures were forecast to continue Saturday, with things improving somewhat Sunday. Monday is forecast to be the best weather of the holiday weekend, with the sun finally breaking through and higher temperatures returning.
Most boardwalks and beaches have been repaired following the storm and are ready for visitors, even as some neighborhoods near the ocean remain seriously damaged.
New Jersey officials have spent the last week touting the shore's recovery.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A holiday weekend doesn't always mean higher gas prices. That's according to Gregg Laskoski (lihs-KAH'-skee), who's a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com.
According to the website, the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.66 a gallon. That's 17 cents higher than a month ago, but it's also a penny less than drivers were paying a year ago.
Laskoski says gas prices usually rise in the spring, stay fairly high in the summer, then start going down in October. He adds those predications can change if there is a major hurricane in the Gulf Coast.

PENN STATE-ABUSE
Ex-Penn State assistant wants firing decision date
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Penn State assistant football coach who testified in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case is disputing the university's assertion that he was fired as part of a routine changing of the guard under a new head football coach.
Former assistant coach Mike McQueary has filed a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State.
The university has maintained that new head coach Bill O'Brien simply didn't rehire McQueary after his contract expired at the end of June 2012
But The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News says McQueary filed a response Friday in Centre County court saying he was employed "with no specified ending date."
And he says even if the contract ended last year, "strict proof" is required of when the decision to terminate him was made.

MARCHING AGAINST MONSANTO
Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Organizers say protesters rallied in dozens of cities today as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces.
The say "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."
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. But critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.
Monsanto, based in St. Louis, says it respects people's rights to express their opinion on the topic, but maintains that its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.

ANGEL FLIGHT-CRASH
EPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) -- The search for a missing pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed in upstate New York, killing at least two people, has ended for the day and will resume Sunday.
Town of Ephratah County Board Supervisor Todd Bradt said Saturday that divers will go back into a large pond where much of the small plane has been submerged. He says investigators will use sonar because the water is too "muddy and murky," to see clearly.
Other rescue workers will comb the wooded area surrounding the crash.
Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey has said the flight's two passengers were found dead Friday near where the twin-engine plane crashed in a wooded area in Ephratah, about an hour west of Albany.
Lorey did not return messages seeking comment Saturday.


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