Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Heavy rain floods parts of New Orleans

Parts of New Orleans flooded after a heavy weekend rainfall that officials said overwhelmed the city's pump stations. NOLA.com reports city officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw 8-10 inches of rain over a few hours Saturday. That was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with. Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni said the city had no immediate plans to request an emergency declaration from the state, but that could change as the city collects more information on flood damage.

Tornado in Oklahoma injures dozens * A rare late-summer tornado smashed into a shopping district of Tulsa early Sunday, sending more than two dozen people to hospitals, including two with life-threatening injuries, The storm knocked out power to thousands of customers, heavily damaged businesses and blew debris through the streets. No deaths were reported, according to Tulsa spokeswoman Kim Meloy. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people were in the area only hours earlier.

Tribal killings linked to drugs, gangs * Drugs and gang activity were factors in a residential shooting that killed three people and injured two others on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, the tribe's chairman said. Friday's shootings in the town of Lodge Grass involved methamphetamine, Crow Tribal Chairman Alvin Not Afraid Jr. said. The tribe announced a 9 p.m.-to-5 a.m. reservation-wide curfew at least through Sunday night. The Crow Indian Reservation encompasses nearly 5,000 square miles, or about the size of the state of Connecticut. Roughly 8,000 tribal members live on the reservation.

Corrosion caused fatal fair ride accident * Excessive corrosion on a support beam caused a "catastrophic failure" of a thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair that killed a man, 18, and injured seven others on July 26, the ride's Dutch manufacturer, KMG, said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook. The company said the spinning and swinging ride called the Fire Ball was 18 years old. …

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