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Tornadoes strike several states, devouring homes and killing 1 man

A rash of tornadoes wreaked havoc in Oklahoma and the Midwest on Sunday and Monday, destroying homes and tossing trees around like toothpicks.

Cloning stem cells: What does it mean?

A human embryo, containing about a couple hundred cells, is smaller than the period at the end of a sentence.

First Saudi woman summits Mount Everest

A 27-year-old graphic designer has made history by becoming the first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest.

'Extremely dangerous' tornado touches down in Kansas

A large "violent and extremely dangerous" tornado was spotted on the southwest side of Wichita, Kansas, on Sunday, moving northeast at about 30 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

'Traumatic day': Residents return to tornado-devastated neighborhood

Scores of people stood outside a north Texas church Saturday morning, waiting to be escorted to their neighborhood for the first time since tornadoes devastated it three days earlier.

Got THE ticket for tonight's big Powerball drawing?

Two dollars and a dream. That's all it took for Mammie Hicks to plunk down money at a Riverside, Missouri, convenience store for a chance at Saturday's record $600 million multistate Powerball jackpot.

w 'Idol' winner: Show helped me be myself

Candice Glover could barely remember her own name after she was crowned the new "American Idol" on Thursday.

Eyeing $600M Powerball jackpot? You have better chance of death by lightning

The estimated jackpot for Saturday's multistate Powerball drawing has risen to $600 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association said Friday. That would be the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S.

Brady Center sues Georgia town that requires residents to own guns

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Nelson, Georgia, a small town north of Atlanta.

Cigarette smuggling ring in East Coast may have terror links, officials say

A cigarette smuggling scheme that cost New York state millions of dollars in sales tax revenue may have raised funds for militant groups, authorities said.