Mexico City collapse, India travel restrictions, severe weather: 5 things to know Tuesday

Recovery efforts continue in Mexico City after overpass collapse 

At least 20 people were killed and about 70 more injured when a metro overpass in Mexico City collapsed, sending a subway car plunging toward a busy road late Monday night, authorities said. The accident trapped cars under rubble and passengers in train cars hanging mid-air, video on social media and Mexico television showed. Dozens of rescuers have continued searching through wreckage from the collapsed, preformed concrete structure. “There are unfortunately children among the dead,” Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said, without specifying how many. The collapse occurred on the newest of the Mexico City subway’s lines, Line 12, the construction of which has been plagued by complaints and accusations of irregularities. The line had to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks could be repaired. The Mexico City Metro is one of the largest and busiest in the world, as at least four million people use every day, The New York Times reports.

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An overpass in Mexico City's metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging toward a road, trapping at least one car and killing at least 15 people, authorities said. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 70 people were injured. (May 4)

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US to restrict travel to India following COVID-19 outbreak

Beginning Tuesday, the Biden administration will restrict travel from the U.S. to India. The decision comes after a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said last week. “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India,” Psaki said in a statement. The restrictions apply to foreign nationals traveling from India to the U.S., not U.S. citizens.  Others exempted include lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and their families, foreign officials and those traveling for humanitarian, public health or national security reasons. India has become the first in the world to report more than 400,000 daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has begun shipping valuable vaccine components, oxygen, and masks to India, and other nations are lending help as well, but the demand will still outstrip supply. 

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A U.S. Air Force C-5 cargo aircraft left northern California on Wednesday carrying COVID-19 relief supplies for India. The cargo included oxygen cylinders, medical masks and rapid test kits as India struggles with a coronavirus surge. (April 29)

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Severe weather expected to continue in Southeast

After severe weather — including a tornado in the Atlanta area — battered the South Monday, more storms are expected across the Southeast on Tuesday. States at the greatest risk include much of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, the Storm Prediction Center said. Storm hazards Tuesday will include hail, flooding downpours, tornadoes and damaging, straight-line wind gusts of up to 75 mph, according to AccuWeather. At least 37,000 people were without power Monday evening in Texas, Georgia and Florida, according to One man was killed Monday in Douglasville, Georgia, when a falling tree brought power lines down onto his vehicle. There were reports of trees down across the Atlanta area, firefighters said. 

  • Earlier coverage: Two weather systems bring threat of flash flooding, drastic temperature changes across US
  • Video: 6 ways to prepare for tornado season

Tupelo, Miss. was hit hard by tornadoes that topped trees and ripped up homes and businesses.


Florida Gov. DeSantis invalidates COVID-19 restrictions statewide

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended local COVID-19 emergency orders Monday and signed a proposal lawmakers previously approved that limits the government’s ability to impose mask requirements and other social distancing measures used to combat the coronavirus. Tuesday will be the first full day the the altered rules will be in effect. The measure, Senate Bill 2006, also makes permanent DeSantis’ executive order that prohibits “vaccine passports,” saying it is unnecessary “to be policing people at this point.” DeSantis’ executive order to strike down local virus restrictions doesn’t apply to mask mandates or social distancing policies issued by businesses. Opponents warned the restrictions would generate lawsuits, could have other unintended consequences, such as tourists avoiding the state because of health concerns. They also questioned whether the measure will provoke a First Amendment challenge.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended local COVID-19 emergency orders across Florida on Monday.

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Happy Star Wars Day! Indulge your inner Skywalker

Tuesday is May the 4th, and that means it’s time to celebrate Jedi, Sith, the Resistance, the Skywalkers, and the rest of the Star Wars universe. Why May 4, you ask? Just look at the date, a play on “May the Force be with you.” With the pandemic still cramping our collective style somewhat, it’s a great time to binge on the beloved films and TV series at home. This year, fans will get a brand new story in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” galaxy in the form of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” The Lucasfilm Animation spin-off series opens with a special 70-minute first episode which premieres on May 4th on Disney+.

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