Heavy Rains in Kansas

Spur Flash Flooding

GRANTVILLE, Kan. -- A storm dumped up to a foot of rain over parts of northeast Kansas on Sunday, sparking flash flooding that left people stranded in homes and cars, emergency officials said.

No serious injuries were reported, but emergency crews used airboats to navigate fast-moving floodwaters that damaged many homes.

About a foot of rain fell overnight in Jefferson County, and up to 10 inches was reported in Jackson County. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) declared an emergency in four counties.

Emergency officials did not have an estimate of how many people had been rescued, but reports from several officials indicated there were at least two dozen. A voluntary evacuation order was issued for Rossville, a town of 1,000 people in Shawnee County. Shelters were being opened.

Immigrant Killings in Ga.

Tied to Armed Robbery

ELLENTON, Ga. -- Authorities have linked a string of home invasions that left five Mexican immigrants dead with an armed robbery that occurred last month after reviewing descriptions of weapons used in both crimes.

Javier Guzman and Juventino Leon were assaulted in their trailer on Sept. 13 by three men wielding pistols and baseball bats, similar to the weapons used in the south Georgia slayings on Friday.

At least two of the men killed early Friday in the attacks were shot. Others were beaten with aluminum baseball bats, a weapon used in all of the attacks, said Vernon M. Keenan, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities suspect at least two men committed the attacks at four mobile home parks and targeted Hispanics. The killings have terrified Hispanics who come to the region to work in cotton fields and peanut farms.

* LOS ANGELES -- Firefighters gained ground Sunday against three wildfires burning across Southern California but worried about a forecast for hot winds.

-- From News Services