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Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

An American flag, a remnant of Memorial Day holiday waves despite being caught in a tree in San Marcos, TexasBy Kristen Hays and Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend, causing record floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, swept away bridges, and even unearthed a coffin from a Houston cemetery. "A lot of folks drove their car into high water and had to abandon those vehicles," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference.



Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers' information: IRS

United States Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen appears before a hearing in Washington(Reuters) - Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers. From February to May, attackers sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times through the agency's "Get Transcript" online application, which calls up information from previous returns, he told a news conference. The breach did not affect any IRS data outside the "Get Transcript" application, and the agency said it would strengthen its security measures.



Colorado movie gunman wrote of 'obsession to kill' since childhood

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in AuroraBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote in a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist prior to opening fire in a suburban theater that he had harbored an "obsession to kill" since childhood, a police officer testified at his murder trial on Tuesday. Holmes mailed a package to the psychiatrist that included the notebook a day before he opened fire inside a cinema in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Holmes if he is convicted of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 others in the July 2012 rampage. Aurora Police Sergeant Matthew Fyles read aloud excerpts from the 29-page notebook, in which Holmes allegedly wrote: "The obsession to kill since I was a kid, with age became more realistic." Fyles said that Holmes wrote in another entry that he had thought about multiple ways to kill, including with nuclear weapons and biological warfare.



The Latest on weather: Third body pulled from Blanco River

A highway entrance is covered in water and debris after flood waters overran the banks of the bayou in downtown Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation?s fourth-largest city. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)8:30 p.m. CDT



Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Rescue personnel grab the the hand of a man stranded in rushing water at the northwest corner of Lamar Blvd. and 15th St. in Austin, Texas. Shoal Creek overflowed its banks and inundated the major traffic artery with rushing water. Several cars were stalled under and near the 15th St. bridge Monday, May 25, 2015. (Alberto Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)HOUSTON (AP) ? Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation's fourth-largest city.



Man sentenced in death of woman who called 911 during attack

DALLAS (AP) ? Jurors have sentenced a Dallas man to 85 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, who was attacked as a 911 operator listened.


Court hearing in NYC on whether chimps have rights

NEW YORK (AP) ? Lawyers for two chimpanzees are heading to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from the Long Island university where they are kept.


AP PHOTOS: Farm lets orphaned or abandoned foals thrive

In this Wednesday, May 6, 2015 photo, a young foal rests in a sunbeam at the Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. Orphaned, unwanted and only weeks old, the fragile foals are given the opportunity to live and grow without their mother at the non-profit horse rescue in southeastern Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)ATHENS, Ohio (AP) ? Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive.



The list of 20 US jail systems receiving MacArthur grants

NEW YORK (AP) ? The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.


MacArthur grants aimed at reducing numbers in US jails

NEW YORK (AP) ? The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.