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3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

May. 23, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed...

Floodgate reopened as high water stands in Mississippi Delta

May. 23, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A floodgate in the Mississippi Delta has been reopened as large stretches of rural land remain underwater. The Mississippi Levee Board says the Steele Bayou floodgate was opened Thursday. The structure north of Vicksburg helps regulate water levels inside a series of levees. The...

The Latest: Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes in 50 miles

May. 23, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local): 6 p.m. The National Weather Service says a deadly storm in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri spawned four tornadoes in roughly 50 miles. Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Burchfield in...

Farm worker electrocuted when steel truss touches power line

May. 23, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

PENN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A southern Michigan sheriff says a farm worker was fatally electrocuted when a steel truss he was holding touched a power line. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says19-year-old Rocky Stoner of Marcellus was injured Thursday morning at Sparks Cedarlee Farms in Penn Township....

High water lingers; 2nd Mississippi River spillway may open

May. 23, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With high water setting longevity records on the Mississippi River, officials say they may have to open a spillway west of Baton Rouge for the third time ever. A spillway north of New Orleans is already open. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will soon ask for a federal...

Wildfire severely damages historic Big Bend complex

May. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — A wildfire that ignited in Mexico jumped the Rio Grande into Big Bend National Park and severely damaged a historic border ghost town and former Army border post. Posts on the park's Facebook page say shifting wind gusts Wednesday night blew embers onto the barracks,...

2 struck, killed by commuter train in suburban Chicago

May. 23, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Two people have been killed after being struck by a suburban Chicago commuter train. One body was recovered Wednesday night, and emergency personnel from 20 different police and fire departments scoured a 1.5-mile stretch of Hickory Creek on Thursday for the body of the second victim....

Congress on cusp of delivering long-overdue disaster aid

May. 23, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The relief measure...

Police search for driver suspected in Utah highway killing

May. 23, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police in Idaho were searching Thursday near a small town for a man suspected of shooting and killing a motorist along a desolate stretch of interstate highway in Utah. Jonathan Llana, 45, of Los Angeles was being sought near Burley after crashing his car during a chase by authorities,...

Clotilda: Last US slave ship discovered among gators, snakes

May. 23, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested Alabama bayou where an alligator and poisonous water moccasins swam nearby. Months later,...