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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A violent storm formed over the prairie west of Oklahoma City late Friday afternoon, dropped a tornado in a suburb and rolled into the state capital as viewers brave enough to remain above ground watched on statewide television. State troopers reported a number of injuries. Storm chasers with cameras in their car transmitted video showing a number of funnels dropping from the supercell thunderstorm as it passed south of El Reno and into Oklahoma City just south of downtown.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A violent storm formed over the prairie west of Oklahoma City late Friday afternoon, dropped a tornado in a suburb and rolled toward the state capital as viewers brave enough to remain above ground watched on statewide television. Storm chasers with cameras in their car transmitted video showing a number of funnels dropping from the supercell thunderstorm as it passed south of El Reno and toward downtown Oklahoma City.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Severe weather hammered the nation's heartland again Friday, with a tornado emergency declared for the Oklahoma City areatonight and tornado warnings posted in the Southern Plains and Arkansas recovering from a flash flood that killed a county sheriff who was checking on a home surrounded by rising water. Well before Oklahoma's first thunderstorms fired up at late afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., was already predicting a violent evening.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government said Friday that Medicare's giant hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of U.S. consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in almost six years in May, lifted by rising home prices and record stock market gains. Greater confidence could help revive spending in coming months.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Jim Graves plans to halt his campaign to replace Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in Congress just days after she ruled out a re-election run, according to his top aide. Campaign manager Aaron Wells told The Associated Press that Graves will issue a statement later Friday explaining the decision. The online publication Minnpost.com first reported the decision on Friday, quoting Graves as saying the goal of unseating Bachmann was complete. Graves is the hotel chain founder who narrowly lost to Bachmann in 2012.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a public face of gun control for years, but he's in a new, unsought spotlight after ricin-laced letters were sent to him and a group he helps lead.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans cut back on spending in April after their income failed to grow, a sign economic growth may be slowing.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's largest county is getting ready to start taking applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples. Officials say Hennepin County will start accepting applications on June 6. That's seven weeks before the Aug. 1 date that gay couples can start legally getting married in Minnesota. The new application forms replace the words "bride" and "groom" with the word "applicant" for both individuals. A spokesman for neighboring Ramsey County tells the Star Tribune that officials will roll out that county's new license in the next few days.
DALLAS (AP) -- A small nook off a dining room with just enough space for a twin bed has made a Dallas boarding house a point of fascination for the last 50 years, because of one man who occupied it for about six weeks in 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald.