By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas.
(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on its available data, no tsunami was expected.
By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport's governing body. At a meeting in Zurich starting at 0730 GMT, up to 209 FIFA members will choose between Blatter, who is seeking his fifth term as president, and his sole challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan. Anger within Europe's powerful regional soccer body UEFA and other members over the damage allegations of graft are doing to FIFA is unlikely to be enough to topple the 79-year-old Swiss, who is backed by the Asian and African confederations.
Returning to the city that witnessed the horrific crash, investigators told the people of Orland what they learned more than a year after a FedEx truck drove straight into a tour bus of students.
On Thursday, a date was set for the murder trial of Quentin Bealer, the man accused of killing 14-year-old Marysa Nichols near Red Bluff High School in 2013. The trial date was set for July 6, in Sacramento County Superior Court.
A gas leak at a house on Park Drive in Cottonwood caused a small explosion that blazed up the side of the home.
A new police chief has been announced for Chico. The city is hiring from within the police department, promoting Captain Mike O'Brien to the position of chief.
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