The Latest on severe weather: Couple died shielding daughter

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4 dead, 3 missing after tornadoes slam Texas, Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm. LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — The man who called 911 to report he was involved in a shooting with George Zimmerman appears to be the same person involved in a road rage incident with the former neighborhood watch volunteer last year. In Van, about 70 miles east of Dallas, about 30% of the city was damaged by the strong storm, said Chuck Allen, the Van Zandt County fire marshal and emergency management coordinator. The city has a population of about 2,500. “It’s a terrible thing to have to deal with something like this,” said Van Mayor Dean Stone. “You never expect to have to deal with something like this, but here we are, we’re dealing with it.” A triage area was established at a church and more than 40 residents had been taken to hospitals, though officials said many of the injuries were not life threatening. “I felt like the roof was just making such a racket that I thought it was peeling the roof off….

Utility companies worked to restore “vital infrastructures,” and road and bridge crews were working to open streets and highways to allow access to first responders on Monday. “We have a little reprieve for the day, we’ll see an increase of strong storms tomorrow and that will put people on alert again,” said Matt Bishop, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth. WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria. But in a sign of the considerable strains, the Kremlin said Putin’s attendance had yet to be confirmed and the Russian Foreign Ministry previewed the talks by blaming Washington for the breakdown in relations. “The Obama administration chose the path of scaling back bilateral relations, proclaimed a course of isolating Russia on the international arena and demanded that those states that traditionally follow the lead of Washington support its confrontational steps,” it said in a statement. Nevertheless, both sides stressed the importance of trying to work through some of the rancor that buried President Barack Obama’s first-term effort to “reset” ties with Moscow. HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A judge has denied bond to a man accused of shooting two Hattiesburg police officers and charges against his girlfriend have been reduced.

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They give the first noninvasive way to repeatedly sample a cancer so doctors can profile its genes, target drugs to mutations, tell quickly whether treatment is working, and adjust it as the cancer evolves. Born out of two Supreme Court decisions in 2010, they are governed by rules some see as a game of winks and nods, enforced by an agency bedeviled by partisan gridlock. BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The two sides will return on Wednesday to give closing arguments, after which the federal jury will decide whether the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be put to death or receive life in prison. Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun whose story was told in the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking” starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, met with Tsarnaev five times since March at the request of the defense.

The league also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan, including one who called himself “The Deflator.” A league-authorized investigation by attorney Ted Wells found that Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. Brady will miss the season’s showcase kickoff game on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh, then Week 2 at Buffalo, a home game against Jacksonville and a game at Dallas. The latest airstrikes followed the release by the Shiite rebels of video and photos of the purported wreck of a Moroccan F-16 that they claim to have shot down over the northern province of Saada near the Saudi border. An online news site with close ties to Morocco’s royal palace and security and intelligence services said the aircraft was one of two that flew from a base in the United Arab Emirates on a reconnaissance mission over the Yemeni side of the border with Saudi Arabia.

The French-language site, Le360, said rebel anti-aircraft batteries stationed on mountains opened fire on the two aircraft as they flew at low altitude. “The Moroccan fighter jets maneuvered, gained altitude, attempted to escape the danger, but it was too late.

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