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Tornadoes cut swath of death, destruction through South, march East Sunday Tornadoes cut swath of death, destruction through South, march East Sunday
A deadly front that drove a line of severe storms and tornadoes through much of the South was rolling east on Sunday with more wild, dangerous weather. At least two people were killed and several injured as more than a dozen suspected tornadoes swept through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday. On Sunday, several people remained unaccounted for and more than 120,000 homes and ...
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Tornado hits central Texas town as severe storms forecast from Dallas to Birmingham, Alabama Tornado hits central Texas town as severe storms forecast from Dallas to Birmingham, Alabama
A twister dipping out of a storm system sweeping across the South Saturday caused widespread damage and some injuries when it hit the town of Franklin, according to media reports. The town of 1,600 people, located 150 miles south of Dallas, took a direct hit, with at least two mobile homes destroyed, KWTX reports. Emergency responders, speaking by radio, said at least seven people were injur...
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New Jersey preschoolers have highest autism rates in the nation, researchers say New Jersey preschoolers have highest autism rates in the nation, researchers say
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — New Jersey preschoolers have the highest rates of autism ever measured in the United States, a rate that has increased faster than in other states studied, researchers at Rutgers University reported Thursday. The rate of autism among children in the state has tripled in a generation. One in 35 children in New Jersey was diagnosed with autism by their 4th birthday, accordi...
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Texas debating bill allowing death penalty against women who have abortions Texas debating bill allowing death penalty against women who have abortions
WASHINGTON – Texas state lawmakers this week debated legislation that would criminalize having an abortion and make women who have them at risk of being sentenced to death in the state. The bill, which led to lengthy public hearings on Monday and Tuesday after being introduced in January, would rework what classifies as a homicide in the state, expanding the rights of unborn children. Both wom...
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Gun control: House passes expanded background checks as GOP tries to shift focus to immigration Gun control: House passes expanded background checks as GOP tries to shift focus to immigration
WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led House backed Wednesday its first major gun-control legislation in years, but Republicans used the debate over it to try to put a focus on illegal immigration. The House voted 240 to 190 to extend background checks to private transactions at gun shows and over the internet. But Republicans scored a small victory by amending the bill to require U.S. Immigratio...
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Snowplow strikes buried car in Tahoe, police find woman alive and well inside Snowplow strikes buried car in Tahoe, police find woman alive and well inside
RENO, Nev. – Police in Nevada found a 48-year-old woman inside a vehicle fully buried in snow this month after it was struck by a snowplow clearing the street. The woman was alive and well, according to South Lake Tahoe spokesman Chris Fiore, but her vehicle was completely buried and undetectable to the plow driver. The plow operator and police who responded to help dig the car out on Feb....
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College student who needs lifesaving surgery will get her medical records College student who needs lifesaving surgery will get her medical records
PHOENIX – Caitlin Secrist, a 21-year-old college student blocked from lifesaving surgery because she can't get copies of her medical records, will receive the file after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and a judge intervened Wednesday. Secrist can't eat, can't work, delayed her college graduation and is in constant pain because of acute pancreatitis. She wears a feeding tube around the clock and depend...
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'We’re talking tens of millions of dollars': Sex spas are big business, investigator says 'We’re talking tens of millions of dollars': Sex spas are big business, investigator says
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Large parts of the investigation into what officials say are illicit spas and paid-sex operations represent new territory for law enforcement officials, who say lots of money is involved. “We are building the plane as we’re flying it, we’re learning, (Homeland Security Investigations) is learning, we’re uncovering a lot of the way that these organizations work,” Martin Co...
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Disputed North Carolina House race: Elections board orders new election Disputed North Carolina House race: Elections board orders new election
WASHINGTON – North Carolina’s elections board has ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after reviewing evidence that it was tainted by absentee ballot fraud. The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted 5-0 on Thursday to hold a new election in the 9th Congressional District. The board did not immediately set a schedule. Following last November’s elec...
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'He's used chemical weapons': Meghan McCain confronts Tulsi Gabbard over Syrian president 'He's used chemical weapons': Meghan McCain confronts Tulsi Gabbard over Syrian president
WASHINGTON – Meghan McCain didn't hold back any criticism of 2020 hopeful Tulsi Gabbard on Wednesday during an appearance on ABC's "The View." During Gabbard's appearance on Wednesday, co-host McCain questioned the Hawaiian Democrat's views on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who earlier this month she said was not an enemy of the U.S. Gabbard's appearance started warm. She told hosts why...
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