• Latest on flooding: Tornado hits Panhandle gas rig; 3 hurt

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    9:30 p.m. CDT What officials say was at least one tornado has struck a gas drilling rig in the Texas Panhandle, injuring three workers. The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2½ miles north of the town of Canadian. A spokeswoman for the Hemphill County Sheriff's Office says the work shack on the rig floor was severely damaged. Two people were taken to Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, about 100 miles southwest of the rig site. One was being treated for an abdominal impalement and another for non-life-threatening facial injuries. A hospital spokesman said conditions weren't available for the two. Sheriff's spokeswoman Julie Boydston says a third person suffered minor injuries. ___

  • 13 Oklahoma couples win free engagement rings this month due to wet weddings

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A rainy May means flood of winners in Oklahoma City jeweler’s rainy wedding day contest.

  • Florida coasts have grown, but hurricane damage risk hasn't

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state's coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows. But experts say the risk of catastrophic destruction hasn't grown along with the new development because Florida builders are doing a better job of making structures hurricane-resistant. The improvement derives from Florida's statewide building code, which was implemented in 2002, a decade after Hurricane Andrew's 165-mph winds gutted parts of South Florida.

  • Red Cross continues to help Oklahomans affected by storms

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The American Red Cross continues to provide disaster relief services in Oklahoma for people affected by recent storms and flooding. It has shelters open in Poteau and Wagoner, and supports at shelter in Lexington.

  • Police: Pair who rode with Wal-Mart gunman didn't know plan

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two people who were in the car with a U.S. airman when he drove to a North Dakota Wal-Mart and opened fire inside the store in an apparently random shooting had no idea what he was about to do, police said Wednesday. Marcell Willis, 21, made up a reason to go to Wal-Mart around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said, and the two people with him stayed in the car while he went inside the Grand Forks store. Willis fatally shot one worker and injured another, both near the self-checkout area at the front of the store, then killed himself. Police have found no motive for the shooting, and Zimmel said the people who were with Willis also don't seem to know why he did it.

  • Christie marks 300th home acquired under post-Sandy program

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    MANVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday more than 300 homes have now been acquired by the state under a post-Superstorm Sandy buyout program, as he blasted other homeowners for refusing to give the state the right to build protective dunes on their properties. Christie marked the latest milestone of the Blue Acres program with a news conference at the site of a newly-purchased home in Manville that his office said had been flooded repeatedly. The two-year-old program seeks to buy homes from willing sellers in areas that have been plagued by flooding and return the land to open spaces. The governor's office says that 309 homes have now been purchased and 716 homes approved for buyouts, with 673 offers made a

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for May 28

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. CANADIAN DIPLOMAT'S SON SEEKS BAIL IN DRUG-RELATED KILLINGS A Miami detective testified that he was spit upon and threatened with violence by the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat after an alleged drug-related shootout that killed the boy's older brother. Det. Rolando Garcia said at a hearing Wednesday that 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu was tearing pieces of soundproofing material from the walls of a police interview room, trying to rip bolted-down chairs off the floor and yelling at officers after the March 30 slayings — particularly after he was told his brother was dead. Wabafiyebazu is facing murder and other charges as

  • Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average — but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy. "Now is the time to start thinking ahead of the season. ... Get ready before the bad events are coming down on you," Kathryn Sullivan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday as the group released its forecast for this year's season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Here are some key things to know about the forecast. ___ WHAT ARE THE NUMBERS? The hurricane center's specialists expect: — Six to 11 named storms — tropical storms or higher, with top sustained wind

  • AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press. The information was stolen as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters. Koskinen declined to say where the crime originated. But two officials briefed on the matter said Wednesday the IRS believes the criminals were in Russia, based on computer data about who accessed the information. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the ongoing criminal i

  • LIVE: Oklahoma severe weather updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Follow live updates below as severe storms move across western and central Oklahoma Thursday.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin tours flood-damaged areas

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and other state officials toured flood-damaged areas in Purcell and the Lake Texoma area Wednesday morning.

  • Colorado theater shooting victims relive terror in courtroom

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — From the witness stand, Christina Blache could finally do what she had most wanted and most feared: She looked for the first time at the man who shot her, who killed her friend, who ravaged so many lives. Her muscles tensed. Her nerves tingled. She fought back tears. "I'd never faced him before. I wanted to see who did it and I wanted to be able to try to look him in the eye," Blache said. "You go through three years of healing and learning, you know, how to walk again and how to swim, how to skate, how to do everything you've learned from the age you were born. All over again. And to look at him ...

  • Temperatures soar across Mideast countries amid sandstorms

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Temperatures soared across the Middle East on Wednesday, with winds and sandstorms driving people indoors as unlucky pedestrians tried to shield themselves from the sun with books, newspapers or anything they could find. In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the thermometer hit 44 degrees Celsius (112 degrees Fahrenheit) in the afternoon, a level rarely touched this early in the year. Fewer people on foot braved the baking streets near central Tahrir Square, while some sat on plastic chairs dangling their feet into the Nile. Sandstorms later turned skies brown. "While I was taking an exam, the sweat was dropping on the paper," said student Mohamed Said, who had just left class.

  • Houston confirms 2 more storm-related deaths; combined Texas, Oklahoma death toll now 19

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston confirms 2 more storm-related deaths; combined Texas, Oklahoma death toll now 19.

  • 2 tornadoes touch down in Illinois causing minor damage

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    ATKINSON, Ill. (AP) — Weather officials say a pair of tornadoes caused minor damage in northern Illinois. The National Weather Service says an EF1 tornado formed near Atkinson in Henry County on Tuesday morning. The tornado had winds reaching 100 mph. The weather service also says an EF0 tornado was briefly on the ground Tuesday afternoon in Summit in Cook County with peak winds of 75 mph. Weather officials say the Henry County tornado touched down at 9:59 a.m. before lifting up five minutes later, causing damage to trees and farm outbuildings. The Cook County tornado touched down at 1:08 p.m. and traveled about 4/10th of a mile damaging trees, a roof and a fence. No injuries were reported because of either tornado.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch issued for New Jersey

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey faces the risk of powerful thunderstorms. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire state until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters say the storms could pack wind gusts up to 70 mph and hail. There is also a risk for tornados.

  • Weather service confirms tornado hit SW Ohio shopping plaza

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a relatively weak tornado touched down at a shopping plaza in southwest Ohio, lifting at least five cars, damaging business and other vehicles and injuring two people. Based on preliminary information, the weather service determined the Tuesday tornado in Beavercreek was rated as EF-1, with a top wind speed estimated at 105 mph. It says nearly two dozen vehicles were damaged, and the two people who were hurt were in vehicles that were rolled by the storm. TV news video from Dayton outlets showed damaged facades of businesses at the Green Crossing Shopping Center, as well as cars damaged and turned over in the lot. The winds also downed trees and ripped some

  • UPDATE: Highways closed Wednesday in Oklahoma due to flooding

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The state Transportation Department reported a number of highway closures in Oklahoma on Wednesday morning due to high water or damage from recent flooding.

  • Floods in northwest Romania leave 1 dead, dozens evacuated

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Officials in Romania say flooding in the country's northwest has killed at least one person, damaged homes and forced emergency evacuations. Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said Wednesday that 42 people were forced from their homes, and 46 houses were inundated, after 18 communities were battered by heavy rains that began Monday evening and flooding in the region. Roads were also submerged and some schools closed because of the floods. Lucian Jacodi, a spokesman for the emergency services in the county of Salaj, said the body of a 60-year-old man was found Wednesday a day after he was swept away by rising floodwaters.

  • Disaster proclamation issued for Clarke County after storm

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A disaster proclamation has been issued for Clarke County in southern Iowa following severe weather. Gov. Terry Branstad's proclamation Wednesday will allow the use of state resources to respond to the effects of a severe storm system that hit the county on May 17. A press release from Branstad's office says the proclamation also activates an assistance program that provides grants of up to $5,000 for certain households. Grants will be available for home or car repairs, food, clothing and temporary housing.