Saturday, April 30
5 dead identified; 1 missing in East Texas flooding
PALESTINE, Texas (AP) — Authorities have identified five people who died when they were swept away by floodwaters in an East Texas neighborhood.
The deceased were identified as 64-year-old Lenda Asberry and her grandchildren 6-year-old Jamonicka Johnson; 7-year-old Von Anthony Johnson Jr.; 8-year-old Devonte Asberry and 9-year-old Venetia Asberry. Police say they'd attempted to flee the rising waters.
One of the bodies was spotted by a neighbor who had climbed to her rooftop to await rescue. The bodies have been taken to Tyler, Texas, for autopsies.
More than 7 inches of rain was reported in less than an hour at the city of Palestine's water treatment plant.
One person is missing. A task force has been assembled to search for the person who is missing in rural Anderson County.
Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster says between 20 and 30 residents of Palestine were displaced by the floods.
DUCK TOUR DEATH
Scooter driver killed, passenger injured in collision with duck boat
BOSTON (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has died after the scooter she was driving was struck by an amphibious sightseeing vehicle in downtown Boston.
The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday right near public park Boston Common.
A city police department spokeswoman said the woman and her male passenger were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where the woman died from her injuries. The passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The spokeswoman says there were about 30 passengers on the vessel, known as a duck boat, when the crash happened. There were no other injuries.
A Boston Duck Tours spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. A person who answered the company's phone declined to comment.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
No further details were immediately available.
DEADLY CARNIVAL RIDE-TEXAS
1 teen killed, 1 hurt after being ejected from carnival ride
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — One teenage girl was killed and another was injured when they were ejected from a whirling ride at an El Paso church carnival.
The girls were at a parking lot carnival marking the annual Dia de los Ninos holiday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church when they were hurled from a spinning ride called "Sizzler" just before 7 p.m. Friday. A 16-year-old girl hit a metal barricade and died a short time later at Del Sol Medical Center. A 15-year-old girl was taken to University Medical Center with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
A third girl who also was on the ride had hooked her arms on a safety bar and was not ejected.
No identities have been released, and police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo says a cause hasn't been determined.
DEADLY BIG-RIG CRASH
Big-rig driver flees after deadly pickup truck crash
VERNON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a big rig that crushed a pickup truck in a Los Angeles suburb unhitched the trailer and fled the scene after the fatal crash.
Police are looking for that trucker.
Police say the 18-wheeled rig was involved in a minor crash about a block away before it ran a red light and hit the pickup shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday in Vernon.
Television reports showed the big-rig's trailer lying on top of the mangled truck.
A man in the pickup truck died at the scene. The driver was freed from the wreckage and taken to a hospital. There's no word on the driver's condition.
UPDATE: 2nd funeral for victim in Ohio shooting massacre
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — People in rural, southern Ohio are remembering the victims of the shooting massacre that killed eight family members Mourners gathered Saturday in Otway at the funeral for 20-year-old Hannah Gilley She was the fiancee of victim Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden.
The funeral for victim Gary Rhoden was held Thursday in Kentucky.
A funeral for Frankie Rhoden, his parents, two siblings and his uncle will be held Tuesday in West Portsmouth.
The Rhoden family members were found shot to death just over a week ago at four homes in the Piketon-area about 85 miles south of Columbus.
Hundreds of people gathered at a vigil Friday night to remember the eight victims.
Investigators remain tight-lipped about any suspects or a possible motive.
UPDATE: GOP moderate Pete Wilson endorses Cruz in Calif
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former California governor and senator, Pete Wilson, has endorsed Ted Cruz's campaign for the GOP's presidential nomination.
Wilson's announcement Saturday at the Republican Party convention in Burlingame, California, is a key pickup for the Texas senator. In a year when outsiders have upended the presidential election, Wilson's backing gives Cruz an influential ally within the party establishment.
Wilson praises Cruz for his commitment to a strong national defense and appointing Supreme Court justices who would interpret the law, not legislate from the bench. Wilson says, "Heaven knows what justices Donald Trump would pick."
While Cruz is a tea party favorite and social conservative, Wilson is regarded as a moderate who could help Cruz draw support from the political middle.
California's primary is June 7. Donald Trump remains the only GOP contender who could gather enough delegates to secure the nomination ahead of the party's summer convention.
NEW: Cruz says day of reckoning ahead for terrorists
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz says California has seen the evil of what he calls Islamic terrorism and that he's the man to stop it.
Cruz spoke Saturday to the state Republican Party convention outside San Francisco. He referenced the San Bernardino attacks and criticized President Barack Obama for lecturing Americans about "Islamaphobia" rather than condemning Islamic terrorism.
Cruz had a message for violent extremists everywhere: "A day of reckoning is coming."
Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash.
Nissan North America, Inc. says the first problem is with a sensor that detects if the front passenger seat is occupied. The issue, with 3.2 million cars, can have the computer incorrectly think that an adult is a child or classify the seat as empty, turning off the air bag.
A number of models are affected including the Maxima, Altima, LEAF, Sentra, Pathfinder and some Infiniti models.
A second problem affects 620,000 Sentras and their front seat child restraint system, which might cause air bags to inflate when they shouldn't.
Nissan says it will notify owners and fix the issues free of charge.
TRAIN HITS CAR
No serious injuries after train hits car in downtown Suffolk
SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities say no one was seriously injured when a Norfolk Southern train struck a car in Suffolk, Virginia.
The city said in a statement that an Acura sedan became stuck on train tracks in downtown Suffolk and was struck by a westbound train around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
A 26-year-old male passenger in the car was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The car's driver sustained minor injuries that did not require her to be taken to a hospital.
The city says the 30-year-old driver has been issued a summons for failure to stop at a railroad grade crossing.
TEMPE TOWN LAKE-GOLDFISH
1 million goldfish dive into Tempe Town Lake near Phoenix
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — More than 1 million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb.
Tempe officials dumped roughly 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday.
They say the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies' larvae, which are at the bottom.
KPNX-TV in Phoenix reports (http://bit.ly/1YYhv07) that the fish were transported from Arkansas by truck.
The man-made lake already has a variety of fish including bass and carp. The goldfish are expected to be a food source for the larger fish.
The lake was drained in March to replace a dam its west end. The lake is expected to reopen in May.
Officials say the new dam will be more cost-effective, dependable and last for at least 50 years.