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  • Name of camper killed by fallen tree released

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A boy who died at a Maryland summer camp when a tree fell on him during a severe windstorm has been identified as 12-year-old Justin Nicholas Diggs. A statement released by the camp Friday night said Diggs attended Pikesville Middle School, where he was an honor student....

  • Lightning kills 1 at Rocky Mountain National Park

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — A lightning strike has killed a woman and injured seven other people at Rocky Mountain National Park. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says two of the injured were taken to a hospital by ambulance and five others transported themselves. Patterson...

  • Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler Midwestern weather

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Unseasonably cool weather will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, a phrase the National Weather Service's Chicago office tweeted earlier this week to describe the upcoming sweater...

  • Chicago Bears donate to damaged Wisconsin school

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are donating $50,000 to a relief fund at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which sustained tornado damage last month. The team presented a check to school officials Friday. The Bears held summer training camps at the Platteville campus from...

  • NWS confirms tornado touched down in Va. Beach

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a weak tornado touched down in Virginia Beach on Thursday. Meteorologist Bill Sammler said Friday an examination of the damage caused by the storm revealed that a twister with winds of 70 to 75 mph lashed the tourist city's...

  • Big hail shatters windows, flattens Nebraska crops

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska. Hailstones as big as baseballs were reported in North...

  • FEMA denies individual aid in wake of SD storms

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota residents who suffered due to recent flooding and a tornado will not be eligible for federal aid, though other forms of help remain available and donations continue to pour in. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's request for...

  • 5 New York tornadoes from Tuesday storms confirmed

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NORTH CREEK, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornados touched down in upstate New York during severe storms that killed four people. The worst devastation Tuesday was in the town of Smithfield, between Utica and Syracuse. Four people were killed and several...

  • Economists lower forecasts for US growth

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. The average forecast for growth in the second quarter has fallen to 3 percent,...

  • Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear...

  • American Red Cross closing shelter after storm

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — The American Red Cross of West Michigan is closing a shelter that was set up after severe weather including a tornado hit near Grand Rapids. The Red Cross says the shelter at the Kentwood Activities Center will close at midday Friday, but disaster recovery supplies will...

  • Northwest heat wave forecast into next week

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Weather Service says a Northwest heat wave will last into the middle of next week. Forecasters have issued an excessive heat watch for the weekend in the Seattle metro area, meaning the prolonged period of high temperatures could cause heat-related illnesses and accidents....


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