Tropical Storm Matthew

Drenches Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS -- Tropical Storm Matthew, the 13th named storm of this hurricane season, weakened Sunday after moving into southern Louisiana, causing scattered flooding as heavy rain drenched the area.

Elsewhere, the 14th named storm, a "subtropical" system called Nicole, blew gusty wind across Bermuda.

A tropical storm warning was discontinued when Matthew weakened to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said in Miami. As many as 12 inches of rain flooded streets and houses in southeastern Louisiana, but no injuries were reported.

A canal levee was breached in Terrebonne Parish, causing flooding in about a dozen homes, said Mart Black, spokesman for the parish's emergency operations center.

Officials patrolled flooded streets and blocked motorists from driving into lower St. Bernard Parish southeast of New Orleans, where as many as two feet of water filled the roads, an official said. New Orleans received about three inches of rain Saturday and had scattered power failures.

* ALBUQUERQUE -- A balloon became entangled in a radio tower on the final day of the city's trademark balloon festival Sunday, forcing the pilot and two young passengers to climb most of the way down the nearly 700-foot-tall structure. The Smokey Bear balloon wrapped around the KKOB-AM radio tower, and rescue crews met the three about 100 feet from the ground, lowering them in a utility truck bucket.

* MARION, Ark. -- Investigators searched a patch of grass near an interstate highway for clues to why a tour bus drifted off the pavement and overturned, killing 14 people. Fifteen passengers remained hospitalized in Little Rock and Memphis, many in critical condition.

* DETROIT -- Bernard Kelly, the father of Stefanie Belue, 3, who was beaten to death in an attack on her day care center, was arrested Saturday, a day after he was named as the suspect in the rampage that also left two women hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Kelly, 37, of Detroit faces charges of murder, assault with intent to commit murder and felony firearms possession, the Detroit News reported. Annette Rice, 41, the day care's operator, and Sherita Griggs, Rice's 22-year-old niece, were shot and are in critical condition.

* PHILADELPHIA -- A fast-moving arson fire killed six people in a rowhouse before dawn Saturday, four of them children, police said. Authorities said police dogs smelled an accelerant. The victims were two adults and four children, ranging in age from 2 to 12, fire officials said.

-- From News Services