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Tornado Kills 2 in Suburban Oklahoma City

Posted: 05/24/2011 - Two people were killed Tuesday when a series of tornadoes rolled through Oklahoma City and its suburbs during the rush hour. Three children were in critical condition after the storms hit, and search dogs were called out to search for survivors - or victims - in Canton.

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Violent Storms Kill 7 in Oklahoma, Kansas

Posted: 05/24/2011 - Violent thunderstorms roared across middle America on Tuesday, killing seven people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.

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US Terrorist Links Pakistani ISI to Mumbai Attacks

Posted: 05/24/2011 - An admitted American terrorist who scouted sites where militants went on a deadly three-day rampage in Mumbai in 2008 speaks so softly that at times he's difficult to hear.

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NWS: Missouri Tornado Was Highest-Rated EF5

Updated: 05/24/2011 - The National Weather Service says the tornado that swept through the southwest Missouri town of Joplin was a highest-rated EF5 storm, with winds greater than 200 mph.

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Casey Anthony's Father Disputes Defense Claims

Posted: 05/24/2011 - The father of a Florida mother charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter is dismissing her defense attorney's allegations that the toddler accidentally drowned in a swimming pool while he was at home.

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Panel: Internet Gambling is Future of Industry

Posted: 05/24/2011 - Internet gambling is the future of the casino industry, whether it's approved at the federal or state level, a panel of online and brick-and-mortar casino executives said Tuesday.

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Royal Welcome for Obamas in Britain

Posted: 05/24/2011 - President Barack Obama immersed himself in the grandeur of Britain's royal family Tuesday, as Queen Elizabeth II welcomed him to Buckingham Palace for the first day of a state visit that kept the president largely out of sight for most of the British public.

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In Florida, Pawlenty Calls for Entitlement Reform

Posted: 05/24/2011 - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is calling for fundamental changes in Social Security and other entitlement programs during a visit to senior-rich Florida.

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VW Inaugurates Tenn. Plant Geared to US Market

Posted: 05/24/2011 - Volkswagen is jumping into the U.S. auto market with a new Passat that is bigger, cheaper and built domestically in hopes of breaking into the competitive midsize sedan market.

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Casey Anthony Cries as Trial Starts in Orlando

Updated: 05/24/2011 - A Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter began crying Tuesday as a prosecutor described the child's last day at the start of the first-degree murder trial.

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Tax Cheats Among Recipients of Stimulus Money

Posted: 05/23/2011 - Thousands of companies that cashed in on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package owed the government millions in unpaid taxes, congressional investigators have found.

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Pawlenty Launches Bid, Delivers Tough Talk in Iowa

Posted: 05/23/2011 - Tim Pawlenty is casting himself as the Republican candidate willing to tell the country hard truths as he seeks the presidency, announcing in corn-dependent Iowa that its prized federal subsidies for ethanol should be phased out.

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Obama Leaving Ireland Early as Ash Cloud Looms

Updated: 05/23/2011 - The White House says President Barack Obama will leave Ireland early due to safety concerns over a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano that is moving toward Europe.

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Missouri Officials Say Tornado Killed at Least 89

Updated: 05/23/2011 - A massive tornado that tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least 89 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital, crushing cars like soda cans and leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood.

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Panel: Insular Toyota Should Listen to Outsiders

Updated: 05/23/2011 - An independent panel set up to review Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety and quality issues says the company doesn't do a good job of incorporating customer feedback into its car designs.

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Civilian Slain at Ft Hood Gets Medal

Posted: 05/23/2011 - The man credited with being the first to try to stop the Fort Hood gunman is getting an Army heroism medal more than a year after the rampage in which he died.

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Gates: US Must Guard Strength as it Cuts Deficits

Posted: 05/23/2011 - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told University of Notre Dame graduates on Sunday that the nation's security and prosperity depend on making sure the armed forces get the necessary equipment, training and funding, even in the face of a federal budget crisis.

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Sight of Former IMF Chief's Wife Rewards Crowd

Posted: 05/23/2011 - Curious onlookers and a throng of reporters desperate for a glimpse into Dominique Strauss-Kahn's life under house arrest were rewarded with a sighting of the former IMF leader's wife leaving their luxury high-rise.

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Tucson Elementary Students Talk to Endeavour Crew

Posted: 05/23/2011 - HOUSTON – Elementary school classmates of the youngest victim of the January shootings in Tucson chatted Sunday with space shuttle Endeavour astronauts in orbit, with the shuttle commander saying their fallen classmate inspired him. Endeavour commander Mark Kelly, the husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who represents a district that includes Tucson, even surprised students with a spinning-in-zero-gravity edition of their 2010-2011 Mesa Verde Mountain Lion yearbook that he took into space. It will be autographed by the entire crew. He highlighted the pages dedicated to 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, who was killed in the shooting. "I've come to admire her very much," Kelly said, answering a question about how he got interested in space, by mentioning the fallen girl. He pointed out that he was Christina-Taylor's age when Apollo astronauts inspired him. He went out of his way twice to mention Christina-Taylor. For students at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, it was an unusual time to come to school: Sunday night. But it was an even more unusual school activity: Making a long distance call 216 miles straight up. They were delayed by 20 minutes of technical problems, but still got nearly half an hour of questions to Kelly and astronaut Mike Fincke. The special educational event was set up by Kelly. Breanna Loving, a 10-year-old fourth-grader, asked her question about the longest Fincke had been in space (two six-month stints) but was pretty nervous doing so. "When I was up there asking the question I had giant butterflies," she said afterward. "I thought to myself this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, don't mess it up." Breanna credited Christina-Taylor with giving the small school this opportunity. Rob Mejias, father of two students at the school, said: "It's unfortunate that a tragedy had to happen for something like this to occur. It was just amazing that everyone could come together and set differences aside and be one." But for the kids, most of the questions were about more down-to-Earth matters. One boy's question had Kelly finding common ground with the students calling up from Earth: he loves candy, but the rest of the food up in orbit might as well be dished out by a school cafeteria. A boy named Corbin asked: "Does the food taste good in space?" So Kelly, who got fed candy in zero-gravity tosses from Fincke while waiting for the technical problems to be fixed, burst the culinary bubble. "We've got some M&Ms right here, those taste pretty good," Kelly said. "The rest of it? Not so good." Third-grader Sophie Mejias found that funny. She could relate because she doesn't like her school cafeteria's hot dogs. When a boy named Diego asked if they had seen anything strange in space, it was Mike Fincke's turn to answer in the negative. "I can't say that I've ever seen anything strange, but that's a good question. One of the reasons we're up here is to explore new things," Fincke said. "I don't think anybody up here has ever seen a UFO, but we're keeping our eyes open." When one of the youngest students, a girl named Tessa, asked how you become an astronaut, Kelly had an answer tailor-made for the teachers in the audience: Do well in school. He pointed out that Fincke had gone to both Stanford and MIT. "It really is worth your time to work really, really hard, do your homework and listen to your teachers," Kelly said. Monday is a scheduled day off for Endeavour's six-man crew. Mission controllers gave the astronauts an extra hour of sleeping, then waking them to the Foo Fighters' song: "Times Like These." The first line of the chorus is "It's times like these you learn to live again."

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