Rain moved across North Texas once again on Saturday morning flooding roads and adding to the already rising lake and creek levels. For the second day in a row, flash flood warnings were activated for many of the bigger counties including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin. From Dallas to Lewisville, Denton and beyond, police departments, cities and residents reported high water and road closures. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration amid the severe weather, offering federal funding to affected people in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties, the White House said in a statement early Saturday.
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Thousands of sites are blocking Congress from viewing their webpages in an online demonstration against data-collection provisions of the Patriot Act, NBC News reportrd. The websites — nearly 15,000 of them as of Saturday morning — are redirecting computers from Congress to BlackOutCongress.org, where users are greeted with a stark black and white warning that reads, "We are blocking your access until you end mass surveillance laws." The controversial provisions of the Patriot Act that allow the National Security Agency to justify bulk data collection are set to expire on Monday. The Senate must renew them by Sunday at midnight if it wants to ensure the NSA can continue legally collecting millions of phone records.
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential campaign with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination with his announcement Saturday in Baltimore.
O'Malley picked a park in Baltimore, where he served as mayor before winning two terms as governor. Aides decorated the front of the stage with signs that read, "O'Malley for President 2016 New Leadership.''
Police in Philadelphia are investigating the death of a newborn baby whose body was found inside a duffel bag.
The infant was found inside a house on the 5800 block of Norfolk Street at 5:28 p.m. Friday, according to police. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m.
A powerful but extremely deep earthquake struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands on Saturday, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami, NBC News reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the offshore earthquake struck Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 370 miles. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 421 miles. Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck so far beneath the earth's surface. The Ogasawara islands are about 620 miles south of Tokyo.
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Indictment alleges former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was paying hush money to keep someone silent about "prior misconduct."
A woman was under arrest Friday, accused of murder for striking and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway at rush hour.
Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, 26, was driving a black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers say Jackson and a man on a red Ducati motorcycle got into some type of disagreement.
After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54 and passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the Ducati from behind and ran over the rider, CHP officers say.
The motorcyclist — a 39-year-old man — died about an hour later at a hospital. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has not yet released his name, but said he was an active duty Navy service member. CHP officials said the man lived in Santee.
Jackson was arrested and now faces one count of murder in what officers are calling a road rage incident. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
A man died Saturday morning when he lost control of his SUV and became wedged underneath a Los Angeles freeway ramp, officials said.
The crash happened just after 3 a.m. at the transition road from the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Boyle Heights, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A warning to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power consumers eager to earn a rebate for replacing their grass with drought-friendly landscaping: application mistakes could cost you thousands of dollars. The "Cash In Your Lawn" program offers $3.75 per square foot of lawn replaced with "California Friendly Landscaping." But the LADWP warns that utility customers should proceed with caution if they participate in the program: misunderstandings and mistakes could cost them their rebates.
In interview with a Swiss broadcaster, FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption which could yet lead directly to his door, The Associated Press reported.
The Pentagon on Friday said it has identified five more potentially live anthrax shipments inadvertently shipped to laboratories, and has instructed labs which received inactive samples to stop working with the materials until further notice. A total of 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries — Australia and South Korea — are believed to have received suspect samples, the Department of Defense said in a statement. Defense officials tell NBC News the anthrax spores had been irradiated to kill them in 2008.
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A New Jersey state trooper was killed and another was injured when their cruiser struck a deer on an interstate highway, ran off the side of the road and hit a tree.
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North Texas doctors say with all the rain and flooding forcing wild animals out of their natural habitats, they are seeing a spike in snake bites this spring.
On average Children's Health in Dallas sees about a dozen snake bites in a year, but just in the last two weeks they have treated six snake bite victims.
One snake bite victim is a third grader bitten while on the playground outside Timber Creek Elementary School in Flower Mound.
A federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was making the payments to a man in order to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School.