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St. Louis tornado leaves none killed or injured

The most powerful tornado to hit the St. Louis area in 44 years rampaged through an airport and destroys up to 100 homes on Friday, yet didn't kill or injure anyone.

The tornado peaked at a level EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, damaged 750 St. Louis homes, damaged the Lambert-St. Louis Airport and yet no one was killed thanks to citizens taking precaution after the 34-minute warning, said the Star Tribune.

On Easter Sunday, many civilians were left to pick up the pieces of the aftermath that will cost millions in dollars to repair.

Flights at the airport resumed on Sunday and reached about 70% of operations a mere two days after the tornado struck, said CNN.

The tornado had winds of about 170 mph, left 65 houses uninhabitable, and 35 houses with sustainable damage, according to Police Chief Donald Hood.

Devastating storm kills at lest 43 across 6 states

An enormous storm system created dozens of tornadoes from Oklahoma to North Carolina, Killing 43 people in six states before reaching the sea.

A total of 62 tornadoes swept through North Carolina, making for the worst storm to hit the state since March 1984, where 57 people were killed and hundreds were injured by a storm that spawned 22 tornadoes, the North Carolina governor declared in an Associated Press article.

The storm severely injured 130 people, leveled or damaged hundreds of homes and left over 84,000 people without power.

The National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sharp told the New York Times that a "family of tornadoes" that were part of the same thunderstorm system was the reason for the devastation.

At one point, North Carolina had over 250,000 people without power before emergency crews began repairing the lines. Sporadic outages are still expected until Monday.

President Obama will release his plans this week to reduce the federal deficit by making cuts to government programs for seniors and the poor and possible tax hikes for the wealthy.

This comes after a last-minute budget agreement between Republicans and Democrats on Friday that will cut the year's spending by $38.5 billion.

The budget has not come near the $14 trillion deficit Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas wrote on his Facebook page, according to the Associated Press.

Obama will likely once again try to end tax cuts to those who make $250,000 a year and will take "a scalpel, not a machete," to programs like Medicare and education services, in a New York Times story.

Republicans told the Associated Press on Friday that although they compromised for this year's budget plan, they are not ready to make compromises on next year's spending plan yet.

Inspectors discovered "widespread cracking" on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 after it made an emergency landing in Arizona after a hole was discovered in the cabin on Friday.

Many passengers panicked after flight attendants saw blue sky through the five-foot-long, one-foor-wide, making the cabin depressurized and prompting the captain to make an emergency landing at a military base in Yuma, Arizona.

The airline has grounded part of its fleet as a result, after grounding 300 flights on Saturday and another 300 expected on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Mechanics for Southwest will cut a 9-foot section of the plane out on Sunday and ship it to the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington to be studied.

Southwest told CNN that it provided a full refund, an apology and two complimentary round-trip passes to passengers of the grounded Boeing 737.

Winners of $319 Million jackpot have yet to come forward

The Mega Millions lottery announced its winning numbers of the $319 million jackpot on Friday in Albany, N.Y., but the winners have yet to claim the prize.

Coulson's News Center in downtown Albany sold the only winning ticket of the lottery played in 41 states, including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meaning the jackpot will not have to be shared, in a Times Union story.

According to CNN News, the winners were seven IT specialists from New York's Housing and Community Renewal, who will together share a lump sum of $202.9 million.

25 percent in federal taxes and 8.97 percent in state taxes is taken off the top of the jackpot, which amounts in $116.1 million taken from the $319 million jackpot.

The winning numbers were 22, 24, 31, 52, and 54. The Mega Ball number was 4.

The winners of the jackpot have up to one year after the winning numbers were announced to claim their prize.

Possible crime link in tour bus accident

14 people died when a tour bus overturned in the Bronx on Saturday.

Police are trying to find if there was a criminal connection to the bus that overturned when returning from an overnight casino trip, in a USA Today story.

The bus driver, Ophadel E. Williams, 40, told CNN was cut off by a truck driver which caused him to swerve into a guardrail, flipped the bus on its side and hit a pole that cut through two-thirds of the bus

Eight of the 31 passengers also suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized.

Police said it could take a long time before they might discover any possible criminal connections to the accident.

Anti-gay protesters win Supreme Court case

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of an anti-gay church over a grieving father, whose Marine son's funeral was protested by the church, in an 8-1 ruling on Thursday.

The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. had gained notoriety for protesting the funerals of the military by saying that God has punished them for fighting for a nation that is tolerant of homosexuality, the Star Tribune said.

The court decided that the peaceful protest of a funeral was protected by the First Amendment.

The Snyder family sued the church in 2007 for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy after protesting their Marine son's funeral, in a CNN report.

In his opinion of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the First Amendment protects, "even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate."

Wisconsin budget protests go national as Walker refuses to budge

Rallies were held across the country in support of the protests in Wisconsin after a liberal advocacy group called helped organize many rallies on Saturday, according to CNN.

The rallies were held in all 50 capitols at noon with support from and other liberal and labor organizations, with most on the side with the protesters.

Many opposers of the bill say that Gov. Scott Walker is fighting union rights more than he is fighting the current budget crisis, which will face Wisconsin with a budget shortfall of #137 million by June 30 and a $3.6 billion gap by 2013.

With protesters in every state now, as well as tens of thousands of protesters in Wisconsin for the past two weeks, Gov. Scott Walker told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that taking away collective bargaining rights is necessary to solve the budget crisis, in a USA Today story.

Walker also believes that the bill will not take away the strong civil protection that wisconsin state employees receive and that the 14 Democrats will return to Wisconsin soon.

Tension builds over controversial Wisconsin bill

On the sixth day of protest against his controversial bill, which would take away most of public employees' bargaining rights, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker still won't make a compromise.

The bill was proposed by Walker in an effort to combat the state's $3.6 billion budget deficit.

Nearly 70,000 protestors rallied at the Capitol on Saturday, with most of them opposing the bill that would increase their health care and pension contributions, the Star Tribune reported.

The 14 Democratic senators, who fled the state on Tuesday to delay the vote, remained hiding on Sunday in an effort to get Walker to make a compromise, MSNBC News said.

Many believe that if this bill passes, many Republican governors will follow suit and attack public employees as a way to solve budget issues. At the moment, nobody seems to be backing down.

Obama plans to expand wireless access across the U.S.

President Barack Obama spoke about a large expansion of wireless internet across the U.S. while at Northern Michigan University Thursday.

The plan is to use $18 billion in federal funds to connect 98 percent of the country to the internet wirelessly within five years, the Washington Post said.

Auctioning off space on the radio spectrum to commercial wireless carriers to help create airwave space for wireless users is part of Obama's initiative, which could raise nearly $30 billion in 10 years, in a USA Today story. $10 billion will possibly be used to develop a national broadband network for public safety agencies and $5 billion for the expansion of wireless to rural areas.

Obama compared the importance of wireless expansion to how building railroads and federal highway systems was an innovation important to the success of Americans.

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