Record rains kill 4 as more storms slam battered South
At least four people were killed and swift-water rescue crews plucked more than 130 people from cars, apartments and homes as devastating storms continued to hammer the South. An overnight deluge pounded parts of Tennessee with as much as 9 inches of rain before the storms began marching northward Sunday through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, with the possibility of gusting winds, tornadoes, hail and flooding, AccuWeather said. “The rainfall we got yesterday and overnight made this one of the wettest 24-hour periods in Nashville’s history,” National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Shamburger said. Multiple tornadoes touched down in Alabama last week, and Mississippi and Tennessee also were hard hit by the wild, dangerous spring weather.
More ships to the rescue
Sunday marked the sixth day that the Suez Canal has been blocked by a skyscraper-sized ship, with little hope the cargo ship will be moved from the vital passage soon. Trying to take advantage of higher-than-usual tides helped by a full moon on Sunday night, numerous tugboats worked all day and night Saturday alongside the ongoing dredging operations that are removing sand and mud from around the Ever Given, which weighs 200,000 metric tons and stretches nearly a quarter-mile long. The ship got stuck Tuesday in a narrow section of the canal – about 985 feet wide – with the bow aground on the canal's eastern bank and the stern on the western bank.
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Dozens killed in Myanmar in deadliest day since coup
As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests against last month's coup. Death counts issued by two outlets – online news site Myanmar Now and an independent researcher in Yangon – put the number of fatalities between 107 and 114. The killings quickly drew international condemnation, with multiple diplomatic missions to Myanmar releasing statements that mentioned the killing of civilians Saturday, including children. The death toll in Myanmar has been steadily rising as authorities grow more forceful with their suppression of opposition to the Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule.
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March Madness: Oregon State builds Cinderella case; Gonzaga stays perfect
Several teams have punched their ticket to the Elite Eight as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament entered its second weekend of action. No. 1 seed Gonzaga continues its pursuit of perfection as the undefeated Bulldogs breezed past Creighton Sunday, inching closer to becoming the first undefeated team to win the tournament since Indiana in 1976. No. 12 seed Oregon State, which was barely above .500 before their conference tournament, won their sixth straight game Saturday, downing Loyola Chicago and continuing its shocking run to the Elite Eight. No. 1 seed Baylor pulled away from No. 5 seed Villanova to move on, No. 15 seed Oral Roberts had their Cinderella hopes dashed in a thriller against No. 3 Arkansas, and No. 2 Houston advances after beating No. 11 Syracuse.
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Former WH COVID-19 adviser: Most virus deaths could have been prevented
Former White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said in an interview for CNN that while many deaths in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic were likely inevitable, the death toll from later surges might have been reduced if the U.S. had "mitigated earlier ... paused earlier and actually done" greater social distancing and shutdown measures. In March 2020, Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that nearly 240,000 Americans would die from the coronavirus if precautions were not taken. To date, there are nearly 550,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.
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