Third major storm to bring rain, flooding
Another major storm moving into Northern California was expected to bring more pouring rain, flooding and additional problems to an area already soaked after two major storms, forecasters said Saturday. Residents of Northern California enjoyed just a bit of a respite, but the next storm — the third in a string of weather systems to hit the region since Wednesday — is expected to force several rivers over their banks after it arrives Saturday evening, National Weather Service forecasters said.
Cars trapped in tunnel collapse
Parts of a tunnel collapsed on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping an unknown number of vehicles as smoke from a fire inside prevented rescuers from approaching, police said today. Spokesman Yoshihiro Fukutani said police were still trying to learn the exact situation inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 50 miles outside the city, after parts of a wall inside collapsed early this morning. TV footage showed police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances outside the tunnel's entrance.
Instructor called hero in fatal attack
A Wyoming community college instructor killed in a classroom murder-suicide was hailed as a hero Saturday, with police saying he gave his students time to flee by distracting and fighting off his son after the younger man barged into his computer science class and shot him in the head with a high-powered bow and arrow. The arrow wounded James Krumm, 56, but he managed to wrestle with son Christopher Krumm, 25, of Vernon, Conn., on Friday while the handful of students in the Casper College classroom escaped. Christopher Krumm had just stabbed to death his father's live-in girlfriend at the couple's home. When police arrived at the classroom, they found Christopher Krumm dying from self-inflicted knife wounds.
Opposition shuns vote for parliament
Kuwait's political rifts took center stage in parliamentary elections Saturday as backers of the ruling establishment cast ballots while a broad opposition alliance staged a boycott and vowed to reject the outcome. The voting capped months of upheavals and showdowns in the oil-rich gulf state, and the polarized atmosphere suggested more tensions ahead. Complaints against authorities include increasing efforts to muzzle free speech and slow economy.
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI greeted thousands of clowns, acrobats, puppeteers and even a pair of lion cubs on Saturday as the circus came to town for an unusual papal performance.
Bahrain: Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the kingdom.