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Storm safe rooms as a wedding gift? Sure, in Tornado Alley
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Never mind toasters, blenders and slow cookers. Joplin, Missouri, tornado survivors Kayla and Ricky Smith had a more practical request for a wedding gift - shelter from the next big storm....

Parishioners to leave closed church after 11-year protest
SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) -- For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church have kept their beloved parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in a peaceful protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it....

Storm reaches South Carolina shore
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Tropical Depression Bonnie reached the South Carolina coast early Sunday, bringing heavy rain and rough tides to an area packed with tourists for the Memorial Day weekend....

3 people still missing after floods in Kansas and Texas
HOUSTON (AP) -- At least three people were still missing Sunday after being swept away in Texas and Kansas, and slowly rising rivers in southeast Texas have led to numerous evacuations, including two prisons....

As charters grow, public schools see sharp enrollment drop
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Standing before the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Susan Zoller delivered a startling assessment: More than 100,000 students in the nation's second-largest district were now enrolled in charters, draining more than $500 million from the budget in a single academic year....

Suspect arrested after Georgia deputy shot during in face
ATLANTA (AP) -- A suspect was arrested after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta, Georgia authorities said....

Schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) -- "Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill."...

Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said....

Taxpayers to foot bill for Arpaio's defiance of court order
PHOENIX (AP) -- Taxpayers already on the hook for $54 million in a racial profiling case against the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix are about to get walloped with another worrisome cost....

Slain Utah rail worker's family offers forgiveness to killer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues remembered a slain Utah rail worker Saturday while also offering forgiveness to his killer....

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