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One killed as rain causes flash floods in Texas

San Antonio, Texas

One killed as rain causes flash floods

Torrential rains swamped San Antonio with flash floods on Saturday, leaving at least one person dead as emergency workers in boats rushed to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes. For one woman, the storm turned fatal rapidly: Trapped in her car, she climbed to the roof but was swept away in floodwaters, said San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove. Her body was later found against a fence, he said. Her name was not immediately released. Authorities were searching for at least two other people — one who disappeared after being trapped in another car and a teenage boy who was swept away while trying to cross the swollen Cibolow Creek in suburban Schertz. The Fire Department conducted more than 235 rescues across the city, some by inflatable boats, authorities said. They continued their search into the evening.

Chaffee, Mo.

Highway buckles after rail cars hit overpass

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. 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 National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into the cause of the cargo train collision, which happened about 2:30 a.m. near Chaffee.

Ethiopia

Kerry urges human rights in fight in Nigeria

Making his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as secretary of state, John Kerry urged Nigeria on Saturday to uphold human rights as it stepped up its fight against Islamic extremists. "One's person's atrocity does not excuse another's," Kerry said, when asked about reports of serious human rights violations by Nigerian forces. Kerry's visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the African Union, during a trip that has been mainly devoted to Middle East diplomacy.

Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y

Giffords, husband address graduates at Bard

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged a group of newly minted college graduates on Saturday to change the world — starting tomorrow. The former Arizona congresswoman and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, addressed graduates at Bard College. Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later. Kelly spoke first, with Giffords offering a brief address and receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Giffords told the more than 600 graduates their "future shines bright."

Russia

Interpol snubs request to arrest rights backer

Interpol has refused a request from Russia to put William Browder, a U.S.-born investment banker who has organized a campaign to punish Russia for human rights abuses, on its arrest list. Browder was a major proponent of a U.S. law that imposes visa and financial sanctions on Russians deemed to have violated human rights. Russia has accused Browder of involvement in fraud. In a statement posted on its website Friday, Interpol said the request to arrest Browder was politically motivated. On Saturday, Browder described the decision as a major humiliation for President Vladimir Putin.

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