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Tornado damages homes but spares small northern Kansas town
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CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) -- A large tornado that the National Weather Service said was on the ground for about 90 minutes damaged or destroyed about 20 homes in a rural area of northern Kansas and came within a mile of hitting a small town....

The Latest: Cleanup to begin after northern Kansas tornado
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CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) -- The Latest on a severe storm that hit the Great Plains including a large tornado in rural northern Kansas (all times local):...

Boy swept away in Arkansas floodwaters rescued alive
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Authorities in northeast Arkansas say a 13-year-old boy was found safe three hours after he was swept away in a flooded drainage pipe....

After Sandy victims complain, FEMA tweaks flood program
NEW YORK (AP) -- After learning some hard lessons from Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is reforming the way it handles appeals from disgruntled policyholders in the National Flood Insurance Program....

Bangladesh avoids high death toll with cyclone evacuation
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis are returning to wind-battered villages and rain-soaked fields after a strong storm pummeled the coast and killed at least 26 people over the weekend....

Western Indian state tries to cope with record heat wave
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NEW DELHI (AP) -- Authorities in a parched western Indian state sprinkled water in the streets and awaited the arrival of a special water train on Saturday, a day after temperatures reached a record-high 51 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit)....

Strong storm kills 8, leaves 4 missing in southern China
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say a strong storm that hammered a southern city has left at least eight people dead and four missing....

Deputies strike back at Dark Side, arrest storm trooper
NEWBORN, Ga. (AP) -- Not so long ago (Sunday, to be exact) in a small town far, far to the east of Atlanta (actually about 50 miles), a man spent the night in jail for dressing like a Star Wars storm trooper....

Toyota plant in Texas halts production due to storm damage
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A Toyota Motor Corp. assembly plant in San Antonio that makes Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks has suspended production due to storm damage from a system that dumped up to 4 inches of rain....

Dry winter means more dust storm danger in Arizona, beyond
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- It's that time of year in the Southwest - and as far as Alaska - when dust storms take shape, raising health and safety risks as plumes of dirt take to the sky....

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