Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Flooding kills woman, 4 grandchildren

Lisa Asberry Davis said Saturday that she and her three children waded to safety through water up to their chins after torrential rain in East Texas swamped a cul-de-sac of homes during the night and forced some residents onto rooftops.

Firefighters lifted them out of the water at a rescue point, but Davis' cousin and the woman's four great-grandchildren who lived down the street in Palestine, Texas, didn't make it.

The bodies of Davis' cousin, Lenda Asberry, 64, and her great- grandchildren, Jamonicka Johnson, 6; Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7; Devonte Asberry, 8; and Venetia Asberry, 9, were found in the receding water. The bodies of two of the children were in the front yard of a residence near the street. Asberry and the two other children were found behind the neighborhood, Palestine Police Spokesman Nate Smith said.

"The water got up here extraordinarily quickly. The individuals tried to get out; however, the water was already on the roof of the home," Palestine Police Department Capt. James Muniz said.

Nissan recalls about 4 million cars * About 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled because of major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.

The two recalls are just the latest in a string of safety problems to hit automakers in the past year. The Nissan problems are unrelated to other air bag issues.

Nissan North America, Inc. said that 3.2 million cars might have a problem with a sensor that detects if the front passenger seat is occupied and whether that passenger is an adult or a child. Defective sensors might incorrectly think that an adult is a child or classify the seat as empty, thus turning off the air bag. The recall applies to certain cars of the following models: the 2016- 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. …

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