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Water rescues in Oklahoma...Evacuated residents can return...Prayers in Nepal

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 7, 2015 at 6:00 a.m.



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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Amid the tornado damage in the Oklahoma City area, authorities have also been dealing with high waters left behind by the storms that moved through the area yesterday. Before sunrise today, fire department divers in Oklahoma City worked for hours to rescue a motorist who was trapped in a car by the water. She had used her cellphone to call for help from inside the car. The National Weather Service says five to eight inches of rain fell in the area.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Residents who were evacuated from their homes in a central North Dakota town when an oil train derailed and caught fire have returned. A county official says the 20 people who live in Heimdal (HYM'-dahl) were allowed to return yesterday evening after the fire died down. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the wreck isn't known.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of people in Nepal have been offering prayers and flowers today at homes and in temples. It's a Hindu ritual marking the end of a 13-day mourning period for those killed in the country's massive earthquake. Families and friends also published condolence messages with photos of victims in local newspaper. The quake killed more than 7,750 people.

BERLIN (AP) — The operator of a cargo ship seized by Iran says the vessel has been released and that the crew members are all in good condition. The company says the ship, which had carried a Marshall Islands flag, was released following a court order. It will now continue its scheduled voyage to the United Arab Emirates. Iranian forces seized the ship April 28 as it traversed the Strait of Hormuz. Iran claimed that the Danish shipping company that chartered the ship owed money to an Iranian firm. There's no word on whether any money was paid.

LONDON (AP) — Censors in Iran have been struggling to keep Justin Bieber's abs off of Instagram. The shirtless poses have recently reappeared on Iranian smartphones -- along with lingerie shots of Kim Kardashian and red carpet photos of Jennifer Lopez. Bieber's account was one of at least 983 that had previously been blocked in Iran, according to a paper being presented today at a technology conference in Germany.

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