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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.

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.

6 teens killed in Ohio SUV crash

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Six teenagers were killed and two others were injured after the SUV they were in flipped into a pond in northeast Ohio on Sunday morning, news sources reported.

Investigators say the Honda Passport hit a guardrail, flipped over into a pond, and sank with five passengers trapped inside, and a sixth was thrown from the SUV and found under it when the vehicle was removed from the water, according to the Associated Press.

The two survivors that escaped ran to a nearby home to call 911, USA Today reported.

The teens, ages 14 to 19, took the vehicle without permission, the Associated Press reported.

Police said the SUV was traveling over 70 mph when the driver lost control, according to USA Today.

Fast food calorie intake declines among Americans

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Fast food accounted for about 11 percent of American adults' daily calorie intake from 2007 to 2010, a decrease from previous years, according to news sources.

The National Center for Health Statistics released the findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on Thursday.

The survey found that the daily fast food calorie percent has decreased since 2003-2006, when it was almost 13 percent, according to Health Day.

The largest decline was in 40- to 59-year-olds, said Cynthia L. Ogden, a C.D.C. researcher who oversaw the research, according to the New York Times.

The study also found that about 20 percent of the calories consumed by non-Hispanic black adults ages 20 to 39 are from fast food, as reported in the brief on the C.D.C. website.

"Fast food is a fact of life, so we need to find ways we can live with it, not die from it," said Samantha Heller, a clinical nutritionist at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care in New York City, as reported by Health Today.

"We need to encourage fast-food establishments to have a variety of healthy offerings that are marketed as cool, sexy, fun and delicious," Heller said to Health Today.

Additional findings from the survey can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Winter storm "Nemo" led to the death of at least nine

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A deadly winter storm left many in the Northeast without power and caused the death of at least nine people, news sources reported.

Areas of the Northeast are currently buried in over three inches of snow after record-setting blizzard "Nemo" hit Friday. The storm caused power-outages to 650,000 homes and businesses at one point and many car-related accidents, USA Today reported.

The storm was said to be the cause of at least nine deaths in the East Coast and areas in Canada, according to Fox 31 Denver.

One of the nine deaths was an 11-year-old boy in Boston who was poisoned by carbon monoxide while his father shoveled out their car, USA Today reported.

Several dead after a California tour bus crash

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At least eight people were killed and 38 were injured after colliding with two other vehicles on a Southern California mountain road Sunday night, news sources report.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Mario Lopez said the tour bus rear-ended a sedan and then flipped over and collided with a pickup truck at about 6:30 pm (PST) , ABC News reported.
Firefighters worked for over two hours to extricate all of the injured passengers from the bus. Officials said over two dozen people were transported to area hospitals and at least six were in critical condition, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Profant said the passengers were a tour group from Tijuana, Mexico, according to ABC News.
"It happened so fast, I don't know how it all happened," one passenger said to the San Bernardino Sun, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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