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President Obama visits post-tornado Oklahoma

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President Obama visited Oklahoma Sunday after a massive tornado swept through the state Monday, news sources reported.

The 17-mile-long tornado killed 24 people and destroyed 1,200 homes, according to CBS News.

While touring Moore, Okla.-- the Oklahoma City suburb hit hardest by the tornado -- President Obama called for Americans to "step up" to help those affected by the storm, urging people to donate to the American Red Cross, CBS News reported.

"This is a strong community with strong character. There's no doubt they're going to bounce back, but they need help, just like any of us would need help if we saw the kind of devastation we're seeing here," President Obama said, CBS News reported.

The president visited sites demolished by the storm, the Moore Fire Department Station, and met with a family who lost their home during his time in Moore, according to Fox News.

Alaska man charged with killing couple, assaulting toddler

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A 24-year-old man was charged Sunday with killing an Alaska couple and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old great-granddaughter, news sources reported.

Jerry Andrew Active was arrested Saturday night after beating Touch Chea, 71, and his wife, Sorn Sreap, 73, to death. Police said Sreap and the 2-year-old girl were raped. Active is charged with first and second-degree murder, sexual assault and burglary, according to the Associated Press.

An Anchorage judge set Active's bail at $1.5 million after prosecutors called the violent and random nature of his crime "beyond words," Anchorage Daily News reported.

There isn't any evidence that the victims knew or were connected to the suspect, Police Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

"It's certainly very rare to see this kind of violence - a complete stranger, sexually assaulting and murdering someone," Markiewicz said, the Associated Press reported.

Active is a registered sex-offender in Anchorage, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Body of missing toddler recovered from Elk River

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Authorities recovered the body of Daisy Jo Holland on Sunday after the toddler had disappeared from an Elk River campground Friday, news sources reported.

Her body was found at 2:30 p.m. Sunday a few hundred feet away from where she disappeared two days earlier, Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe said, according to the Star Tribune.

There's no indication of foul play, but the investigation remains open, Rolfe said, the Pioneer Press reported.

Daisy was seen playing near the Elk River before she vanished. Dogs had followed her scent to the river's edge Saturday, police said, according to the Star Tribune.

More than 250 volunteers had been searching the area with authorities over the weekend, the Star Tribune reported.

A second person died within the campground Friday night in an incident unrelated to Daisy's disappearance, Rolfe said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Childhood ADHD linked to adult obesity, study finds

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Boys diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school are more likely to be obese in adulthood than those without the condition, a new study suggests, according to news sources.

In a survey of two groups of men, researchers found that about twice as many men in the group with childhood attention-deficit hyperactive disorder were obese compared to men who never had ADHD, Reuters Health reported.

These findings are consistent with past studies focused on ADHD and obesity, according to Reuters.

"There's definitely been enough research now where it does appear there is some connection between these two disorders," said Sherry Pagoto, professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in an interview with Reuters Health.

The authors of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse study said the impulsiveness and lack of inhibition that occur with ADHD could play a part in eating behaviors that contribute to obesity risk, according to dailyRx News.

A Long Island police officer accidentally shot and killed a college student while responding to a home invasion robbery Friday night, new sources reported.

The Nassau County officer didn't know he was entering a hostage situation when he entered the woman's home and was forced to make a quick decision when the armed suspect was using a young woman as a shield, authorities said Sunday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The officer fired eight times after the suspect, Dalton Smith, raised his gun, authorities said. One of the bullets hit and killed Andrea Rebello, a 21-year-old Hofstra University student, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Because the officer didn't know of the hostages in the home, the situation might have been mishandled, experts say, The New York Times reported.

The officer's decision to immediately open fire likely eliminated the opportunity to negotiate with the gunman, said Eugene O'Donnell, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former New York City police officer, according to The New York Times.

"You arrive, secure the location and you really essentially buy time if you can; you call for negotiators," said O'Donnell in an interview with The New York Times.

Police did not identify the officer, who is now on sick-leave, according to news sources.

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