Toronto flooding...Lawmakers debating student loan rates...Tropical storm strengthening

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Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 6:00 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Parts of Canada's largest city are covered by flash flooding. A severe thunderstorm dumped 3.9 inches of rain during the Monday evening rush hour. That filled streets, shut down subways and cut power to at least 300,000. Some train passengers on a stalled double-decker train had to be rescued by boat.

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Officials in Quebec say the death toll will surely rise from the weekend crash of a runaway train that derailed. Thirteen bodies have been recovered but about 50 people are missing. Firefighters have been dousing flames and cooling down some of the oil tankers that were in danger of exploding. The crash happened in a small town near the Maine border.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A coroner says he'll need at least two weeks to make a ruling on the deaths of two Chinese students killed in a weekend crash at San Francisco International Airport. Officials say one of the students may have been run over by a response vehicle. Amazingly, just two people were killed. Federal investigators are trying to determine why the plane was coming in too slowly.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back from its break, Congress is taking up student loans after failing to prevent the interest rate on subsidized loans from doubling to 6.8 percent. House Republicans favor linking rates to the financial markets. Rates would increase if the economy improves. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has set a test vote for Wednesday to see if there is sufficient support.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — Forecasters are warning that Tropical Storm Chantal could be near hurricane strength on Wednesday before it reaches Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Both countries are very vulnerable to flooding and landslides. The fast-moving storm has promoted warnings in St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Puerto Rico and the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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