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10 killed as tornado rips through Mississippi

Tornadoes tore through four states in the south on Saturday, killing 10 people and injuring others.
One of the hardest hit areas was Mississippi's Yazoo County, where Gov. Haley Barbour grew up, according to Fox News.
More than 15 other counties in Mississippi also had damage, according to the New York Times.
Three children were among the dead, and 21 people were taken to hospitals.

A Catholic priest in Chicago who made headlines when he mocked Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign is apologizing for a sermon in which he said priests should be allowed to marry and women should be allowed to become priests.
In a statement posted Wednesday on the Archdiocese of Chicago's Web site, the Rev. Michael Pfleger says he was expressing his personal opinion, but that he respects and follows the teachings of the church, according to Fox News.
Pflegr is a popular pastor of a church on the city's southside, according to MSNBC.
He is a longtime activist who has protested everything from the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Washington's handgun ban to Jerry Springer's television show.

1 killed, many hurt in shooting at Oklahoma mall

Gunfire broke out in a crowded mall Saturday, leaving a teenager dead and several injured, police said.
Five people were taken to the hospital after authorities cordoned off the Arrowhead Mall in downtown Muskogee, according to MSNBC.
It was unclear whether the person killed, 17-year-old Jarrod Reed of Muskogee, was among several people involved in the shooting or a bystander, according to The New York Times.
Details about the other victims, including their conditions, haven't been released.

Strong Mexico quake shakes buildings in Los Angeles

A powerful earthquake southeast of Tijuana shook Southern California on Sunday afternoon, damaging buildings in border towns and shaking buildings in Los Angeles.
The 7.2-magnitude quake struck just after 3:30 p.m. local time and was centered 16 miles southwest of Baja California, according to The New York Times.
One death was reported in Mexico when a man's house fell in, according to Fox News.
In San Diego, there were reports of shattered windows, broken pipes and water main breaks in private buildings, but no reports of injuries.

Obama issues 15 recess appointments

President Barack Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs.
The move immediately deepened the gap between Democrats and Republicans after a lng hard battle over health care, according to Fox News.
Obama's appointments will take place through next week, allowing people to make the transition to their new jobs, according to MSNBC.
Obama had been on record as warning of recess appointments if the Senate didn't act.

Review set over case of molester

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered a review of the way the state handled a molesting case involving a man who is now charged with murdering one California teenager and is under investigation in another killing.
The order came a day after the Associated Press disclosed John Albert Gardner III could have been sent back to prison in 2007 for parole violations, according to Fox News.
Gardner, 30, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King in San Diego County, according to The New York Times.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has said it was trying to determine if actions regarding Gardner's parole were consistent with policy and law.

2 men charged in shooting of Chicago family

Two men have been charged in the shooting deaths of three family members at a suburban Chicago home.
The DuPage County State's Attorney's office says Johnny Borizov hired Jacob Nodarse to commit the killings. They face murder and conspiracy charges, according to Fox News.
They're charged in the fatal shootings of 48-year-old Lori Kramer, 50-year-old Jeffrey Kramer and their 20-year-old son, according to The New York Times.
Prosecutors say Borizov is Angela's ex-boyfriend and the two were involved in a dirty custody battle.

Killer whale show resumes at SeaWorld after trainer's death

More than 2,000 people watched killer whales perform Saturday for the first time since one of the orcas killed a trainer there three days ago.
The audience seemed thrilled, applauding and yelling as the whales swam around the tank, according to Fox News.
A spokesman for SeaWorld in Orlando said 2,200 people watched the show at the enormous outdoor amphitheater -- despite chilly, rainy weather, with the orca pool registering at 52 degrees, according to The New York Times.
Many workers wept as the show featured a video montage of their former co-worker.

Train derails, toxic cloud forces evacuations

A train derailed near Bakersfield, CA Saturday with one of its cars catching fire, forcing the evacuation of several nearby homes.
There were no serious injuries in the derailment at 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Keene, 15 miles south of Bakersfield, according to the Star Tribune.
Authorities believe two train cars went off the Union Pacific tracks at a tunnel entrance with one of those cars carrying denatured alcohol ruptured and caught fire, according to the Pioneer Press.
About eight home were evacuated as a precaution after the fire produced a toxic cloud. A temporary shelter was set up at a local high school. The blaze was confined to the tunnel entrance and crews let the fire burn itself out, according to the Pioneer Press.

Clinton has procedure for chest pain

Former President Bill Clinton left a New York hospital Friday morning after undergoing a heart procedure to clear a blocked artery.
President Clinton, 63, who has a history of heart trouble, had two stents put into one of his coronary arteries after a graft from a previous bypass had become blocked, according to The New York Times.
Within two hours of the operation, President Clinton was up and walking again.
"I expect President Clinton to resume his very active lifestyle," said Dr. Allan Schwartz, the head of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital.
President Clinton could be back to work as soon as Monday, according to Fox News.

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