WATCHFlood waters force rescues and evacuations Flooding from heavy rains sweeping across the Midwest has killed at least one person in Missouri, prompted numerous rescues and blocked roadways.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 72-year-old woman drowned despite her husband’s efforts to save her as their vehicle was swept away by rushing waters Saturday near Clever in southwest Missouri. The patrol says her body was found after waters receded.The state reported nearly 100 evacuations and nearly three dozen rescues by late afternoon.Thunderstorms also topped trees and power lines in eastern Oklahoma, while more than 4 inches of snow fell elsewhere in the state.The governors of Missouri and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency.Flooding and heavy rains also hit parts of Arkansas, while blizzard warnings were in effect in western Nebraska.

U.S. One Dead After Ohio Highway Crash Triggers Explosion

Storyful 3 hours ago1:40One Dead After Ohio Highway Crash Triggers Explosion One person died in a highway car crash that triggered an explosion in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, April 30. Police told local news the initial report was the crash on I-75 was caused by a wrong-way driver.I-75 was closed in both directions, though southbound lanes were due to open around 7 pm. It remained unclear how long the northbound lanes would remain closed as the investigation continued. Credit: Ohio Department of Transportation via Storyful

Lifestyle Saving China’s abandoned Tulou homes

CNN 3 hours agoUNESCO describes the tulou it protects as „exceptional examples of a building tradition and function exemplifying a particular type of communal living.” UNESCO points out that tulou design was ideal for defense purposes as well as encouraging communal lifestyles. The organization says that, „Housing a whole clan, the houses functioned as village units and were known as ‘a little kingdom for the family’ or ‘bustling small city’.” Lin Lusheng, who grew up in a tulou named Taoshu Building in Fujian’s Neilong village, agrees with this sentiment. He has been on a mission to shine new light on the intriguing design of these often neglected buildings. The 34-year-old started the „Hao Cuobian” project …Updated 0114 GMT (0914 HKT) May 1, 2017Most tulou buildings are circular or square shaped, but "there are other special shapes, such as oblongs -- it just depends on the landscape," according to architecture student Lin Weicheng, who has worked on tulou restoration.<br />Photos: China’s circular homes Most tulou buildings are circular or square shaped, but „there are other special shapes, such as oblongs — it just depends on the landscape,” according to architecture student Lin Weicheng, who has worked on tulou restoration.(CNN)Looking like a design amalgamation of a Roman coliseum and a doughnut, tulou buildings, found in China’s southwest Fujian province, are some of the most stunning historic structures in the country.But many of these residential buildings, which feature a courtyard surrounded by a perimeter of homes that rise several stories high, are under threat.Abandoned architectural marvels in China’s largest ghost town