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'Swift and dangerous turn' in Texas COVID-19 cases, says governor

"Over just the past few weeks, the daily number of cases have gone from an average of about 2,000, to more than 5,000," Mr Abbott said on Sunday.

Several southern and western states have recorded a surge in cases after lockdown restrictions were eased.

The number of reported infections in the US has now surpassed 2.5 million.

Over 125,000 Covid-19 patients are confirmed to have died nationwide - more than in any other country.

Protesters in Texas ignore social distancing, oppose lockdown

New York, epicentre of the US epidemic, yesterday reported another 540 coronavirus-related deaths for the previous day, the lowest daily tally since 1 April. While that was down from 630 a day earlier, it still represented hundreds more families who lost a loved one to Covid-19, the highly contagious illness caused by the virus, in a single day in one state.

The number of patients requiring intensive care and ventilators to help them breathe as the virus attacks their lungs was also down in New York.

Deadly tornadoes batter southern US states

Tornadoes touched down in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

On Sunday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agenda confirmed deaths across three counties.

In Louisiana, a number of homes were destroyed in the city of Monroe, with the city's official social media account initially reporting only minor injuries.

The National Weather Service said severe thunderstorms were likely through late Sunday into Monday, in particular across parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

Texas newlyweds die in helicopter crash while leaving their wedding

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler were both students at Sam Houston State University. Their deaths were first reported by the student newspaper.

The crash occurred near Uvalde, about 85 miles (135km) west of San Antonio.

On social media, wedding attendees have been posting their condolences in the captions of wedding photos.

"I'm absolutely devastated!" wrote one friend on Facebook, adding that the pilot of the aircraft was also killed.

Texas man nearly dies after being bitten by severed snake head

Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden when he saw the four-foot (1.25m) rattlesnake and decapitated it.

When he picked up the snake's remains to dispose of them, the head bit him.

A snake's bite reflex can be triggered up to several hours after it has died. Ms Sutcliffe told KIII-TV her husband immediately began to have seizures.

He was airlifted from his home near Corpus Christi to hospital where he was treated with the anti-venom CroFab.

Storm Harvey: 'Catastrophic' flooding expected to worsen

A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

But forecasters say that number could nearly double later this week.

On Monday President Donald Trump also approved an emergency declaration for neighbouring Louisiana.

Harvey made landfall as a category-four hurricane late on Friday, bringing flooding described by officials as "unprecedented". It was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

Hurricane Harvey barrels into Texas

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category-4 storm but CNN report it has since been downgraded to category 1.

The storm has brought down trees in Corpus Christi, with cities from northern Mexico to Louisiana bracing for flooding.

The town of Rockport appeared to be one of the hardest hit and the mayor told not leaving town should write their names on their arms for identification in case of death or injury.

Hurricane Harvey's high winds make landfall in Texas

The storm, which has even stronger gusts, is expected to be the worst to hit Texas for 12 years. Up to a 40in (1m) of rain is expected to fall.

President Trump has signed a disaster proclamation for the state, which will free up federal aid for the worst-affected areas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned of record flooding in multiple regions.

The category four storm has already brought down trees in Corpus Christi and thousands of residents have boarded up their homes and fled.

Twelve dead as truck and church bus collide in Texas

Another three people were injured in the accident near Garner State Park, about 75 miles (120km) west of the city of San Antonio.

The bus was carrying 14 elderly members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas.

The cause of Wednesday's crash was not immediately known.

The accident happened just after 12:00 local time (17:00 GMT) as the church members were returning from a camp retreat.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot expressed "deepest condolences to the victims and the families of those involved in today's tragic event".

Student shoots another then kills herself, sheriff says

In the confusion that followed, numerous law enforcement officers rushed to the scene and a US marshal accidentally shot a Homeland Security agent, Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said.

Dodson said the agent was in stable condition; he didn't release the condition of the wounded student. Her injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

Dodson said the student who died moved about six months ago to Alpine, a community of about 6,500 people roughly 200 miles southeast of El Paso. Dodson didn't identify her or provide a motive but said her family is cooperating.