DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Much of Iowa is likely to deal with flooding this week as more rain falls on ground that is already saturated.
National Weather Service forecaster Kurt Kotenberg says 3-to-6 inches of rain is expected across Iowa this week after 6-to-8 inches of rain fell in the past few days. Kotenberg says the ground simply can’t absorb more water right now. So flash flooding will remain a concern across Iowa. The weather service predicts the Iowa River will crest at a record 22 feet at Marshalltown early this week, so flooding is likely there. Continue Reading
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way, with 281 youngsters taking the first vocabulary test in the history of the competition.
Spellers arrived Tuesday morning to take a 45-minute computer test that probes their knowledge of both spelling and vocabulary. The results will be combined with Wednesday’s on-stage round to determine which spellers will advance to the semifinals Thursday. The finals take place Thursday night, with the winner taking home more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. Continue Reading
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official says 7 Afghan police have been killed at a checkpoint in Kandahar province.
The official says two guests invited to dinner by an Afghan police commander picked up weapons after the meal late yesterday and opened fire, killing the commander and six of his men. One officer survived the attack and told authorities what happened. Continue Reading
A man who has been charged with killing an elderly Alaska couple and raping their 2-year-old great-granddaughter is a registered sex offender convicted of breaking into a home and assaulting an 11-year-old girl four years ago. Jerry Andrew Active, 24, was convicted in 2010 of assaulting the girl near Dillingham, Alaska, while her family slept. Authorities say that on Saturday, Active broke into the apartment home of Touch Chea, 71, and his wife Sorn Sreap, 73, and beat the couple to death. He also raped Sreap, police said. He was still inside the residence when their grandson, his pregnant wife and son arrived. Continue Reading
Authorities say a man has killed one of his adult daughters and critically wounded another before taking his own life while three grandchildren were in the house in California. The Fresno Bee reported (http://bit.ly/114jvph ) on Monday that it appears 63-year old Anthony Alvarez died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds sometime before 4:39 a.m., when a child called to report gunfire in the home in Orosi. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department says 37-year-old Jennifer Kimble died, and 33-year-old Valerie Alvarez was wounded and flown to a Fresno hospital. She is in critical condition. Authorities say the children were unharmed and have been reunited with their father. Continue Reading
Sen. John McCain, a proponent of arming Syrian rebels, quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with anti-government fighters Monday. Spokeswoman Rachael Dean confirms the Arizona Republican made the visit. She declined further comment about the trip. The visit took place amid meetings in Paris involving efforts to secure participation of Syria’s fractured opposition in an international peace conference in Geneva. And in Brussels, the European Union decided late Monday to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition while maintaining all other sanctions against Bashar Assad’s regime after June 1, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said following the meeting. Continue Reading
An abandoned SUV on the Brooklyn Bridge brought traffic to a halt for about an hour at the tail end of the Memorial Day long weekend as New York City police temporarily shut down the roadway to determine if the vehicle was a threat. Authorities said a call about the car, a Dodge Durango with no license plates on the Manhattan-bound lanes, came in around 5:15 p.m. Monday. The vehicle was stopped a short distance into the bridge’s span coming from the Brooklyn side of the East River. Police shut down traffic in both directions around 6 p.m., causing a traffic headache as drivers were forced to find alternate routes. Authorities declared the all-clear around 7 p.m., with traffic resuming soon after. Continue Reading
Two people are dead and five injured, including a sheriff, after a gunman in Central Texas opened fire on several vehicles, apparently at random, authorities said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the gunman is among the dead. His identity was not released Monday, but authorities said he was a 23-year-old North Carolina resident. DPS said the shootings began about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when the gunman shot a motorist in the Eden area in Concho County, about 40 miles southeast of San Angelo. Over the next 90 minutes, he’s suspected of shooting two people who were sitting in a car at a convenience store in McCulloch County and then another motorist back in adjacent Concho County. Continue Reading
Brittany Gordon was a 24-year-old Army intelligence analyst when an Afghan suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest under his military uniform in Kandahar province, killing her instantly and adding her name to the growing ranks of female American service members killed in the line of duty. Gordon, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Oct. 13, 2012, along with five others, when a delegation including U.S. coalition members was delivering furniture to an intelligence office in a remote area of Kandahar. She was on her first deployment to Afghanistan and had volunteered for the mission that ended in her death. Continue Reading