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May 16, 2015 - 11:15pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damage reports are starting to come in as strong storms, including some tornadoes, churn across the nation's midsection.

Emergency officials in Oklahoma say homes and businesses have been damaged in Major and Roger Mills counties in western Oklahoma, and many power lines have been damaged.

The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down near three towns in southwestern Oklahoma -- Elmer, Tipton and Elk City....

May 16, 2015 - 9:31pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak says it will abide by a series of directives from the Federal Railroad Administration in response to Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

They include immediately expanding the use of a speed restriction system to northbound tracks in Philadelphia. The automatic train control system notifies an engineer when a train is above the speed limit and automatically applies the brakes if the engineer doesn't act to slow the train down. It's...

May 16, 2015 - 8:54pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls gathered in Iowa are taking jabs at Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton for not fielding more questions from the press.

Former business executive Carly Fiorina says that if Clinton is going to run for president, "she is going to have to answer some questions."

Fiorina spoke at a dinner hosted by the Iowa Republican Party that drew about 1,300 people Saturday. Also chiming in was...

May 16, 2015 - 8:49pm
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SPRING BRANCH, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a Central Texas man, his wife and their two children died when the plane they were flying crashed next to a feed store shortly after takeoff.

The Comal County Sheriff's Office identified those killed as 38-year-old pilot Michael Scott Galloway of Spring Branch, his 32-year-old wife Heather Louise Galloway, their 10-year-old son Clayton T. Galloway and their 8-year-old daughter Cheyenne Elizabeth Galloway.

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May 16, 2015 - 8:42pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says it is a "valid question" to ask presidential candidates whether they would have invaded Iraq in 2003.

Paul told about 1,300 Iowa Republicans gathered Saturday at the state party's annual Lincoln Dinner that it's a valid question because "history repeats itself" in the Middle East.

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate didn't name former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who stumbled on the Iraq...

May 16, 2015 - 8:28pm
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HONOLULU (AP) — A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanos.

A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island had risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion.

But in the past few days, the pool of molten rock began sinking, and the surface of the lava lake fell nearly 500 feet. Meanwhile, a rash of earthquakes...

May 16, 2015 - 8:26pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lawyer says an 85-year-old nun who vandalized a uranium storage bunker with two fellow Catholic peace activists has been released from prison.

Attorney Marc Shapiro says Sister Megan Rice was released today, just hours after 66-year-old Michael Walli and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed also were let out of prison.

The trio was ordered released by a federal court on Friday. The order came after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of...

May 16, 2015 - 8:10pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says American workers would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Speaking before roughly 1,300 people gathered Saturday night at an Iowa Republican Party dinner, Perry said the pipeline would drive down the cost of electricity and help lower taxes and boost wages.

Perry says blue-collar workers should say, "I'm going to vote for Republicans because they're going to raise my wages."...

May 16, 2015 - 8:07pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A police chief says one person has been killed and another injured in a shooting near a water resort in eastern Kansas City, Missouri.

The shooting occurred Saturday evening near the CoCo Key Water Resort, which is connected to the Adams Mark Hotel. Police have been searching for at least two suspects who fled into nearby woods.

Chief of Police Darryl Forte said on Twitter that one person died and another person went to a...

May 16, 2015 - 7:31pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of activists in wetsuits and life jackets have taken to the waters of Seattle's Elliott Bay in kayaks, canoes, and other vessels to protest Royal Dutch Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

The "Paddle in Seattle" is being held only blocks from where Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked at the Port of Seattle's Terminal 5. On the water, kayakers gathered in formation and hoisted signs and banners that read: "Climate Justice," ''Oil-...

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