Continued from page 1

Television news video showed a firefighter in an inflatable raft rescuing the two 16-year-olds from the car, pulling them one at a time through an opened window. Twins Lauren and Lindsey Penn were both in good condition, said fire department spokesman Tony Young.

About an inch of rain had fallen in the Oklahoma City area over the previous 24 hours, while other locations of the state had received several inches of rain. Rain has fallen daily in the area over the past two weeks.

Earlier yesterday, flooding in Texas closed streets and damaged houses and other structures in the Austin area.

MASSACHUSETTS

Police say boy, 7, fatally shot cousin, 8

BOSTON — Boston police questioned a 7-year-old boy yesterday who they say shot and killed his 8-year-old cousin with an illegal gun.

The family had told police three armed intruders burst into their home and gunned down LaQuarrie Jefferson on Sunday night. But after further interviews with family members, the truth emerged Monday as the boy died in a hospital.

The victim’s mother, Lakeisha Gadson, 30, apologized for lying and said the slaying was a tragic accident. She had briefly disappeared with the 7-year-old and police started a citywide search for the two.

Police spokeswoman Sharon Dottin said the 7-year-old and Ms. Gadson were interviewed by police after voluntarily coming to police headquarters but declined to say if charges would be pressed. The boy can be charged as a juvenile.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said the gun was illegal.

NEVADA

Slaying suspect attempts suicide

RENO — A man accused of killing his wife — former Nevada Controller Kathy Augustine — attempted suicide by slashing his wrists a day after testifying in his own defense, authorities said yesterday.

Washoe County District Judge Steven Kosach suspended the trial after Chaz Higgs was found early yesterday in a Reno apartment he shared with his mother, defense attorney David Houston said in court. Mr. Houston said Mr. Higgs slit his wrists during the night with a knife and was taken to a Reno hospital.

Mr. Higgs, 43, had been expected to face tough questioning from prosecutors yesterday, after testifying Monday that he was not guilty and that he loved Mrs. Augustine even though he had decided to leave her.

Story Continues →