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Storm in Guthrie, Okla.

Tornadoes touch ground in Oklahoma and Arkansas

May 30, 2013 – 6:04 pm |

At least two tornadoes struck Oklahoma and another hit Arkansas as a storm system moved through the middle of the country.

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Texas students tie for 7th in National Spelling Bee

May 30, 2013 – 10:54 pm |

Three Texas middle school students competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals Thursday. Chetan Reddy, who tied for 22nd last year, and Syamantak Payra were among the 11 students in the finals.

Both were eliminated Thursday night in round 10, tying for seventh place.

These are the words that bested the semifinalists, first with their attempt and then with the correct spelling.

Chetan Reddy, Plano
noun: land crab common to swamps from the West Indies to southern Brazil

Syamantak Payra, Friendswood
noun: fictional character from a 20th-century Italian author’s children’s story

Shobha Dasari, Houston
noun: 17th century French dance, usually in quick duple time

2 women attacked for religious conversions in Egypt

May 30, 2013 – 10:52 pm |
Mideast Egypt Conversion Uproar

Two cases of retaliation against women who converted – one from Christianity to Islam, the other from Islam to Christianity – illustrate the sensitivities around conversions in Egypt, but they also demonstrate discrepancies in how the cases are treated.

6 decomposed dogs found under Central Texas bridge

May 30, 2013 – 10:17 pm |

Six decomposed dogs were found dead underneath a bridge in Red Rock. Police are investigating possible causes and suspects.

Paterno family, some in Penn State community sue NCAA over sanctions

May 30, 2013 – 10:11 pm |

A small community of people in Penn State are suing the NCAA because of the sanctions imposed after the Sandusky scandal. They say the sanctions have affected everyone in the Penn State community.

Democrats debate district maps

May 30, 2013 – 9:58 pm |
Democrats debate district maps

How you see the election map redistricting squabble depends along party lines, with minority groups joining Democrats. State officials are trying to avoid a prolonged battle by legislative fiat, but Democrats aren’t buying it.

Man gets 50-year sentence for rib theft

May 30, 2013 – 9:40 pm |

A 43-year-old Waco man paid the price for stealing ribs. A jury sentenced him to 50 years, noting he was a habitual criminal.

Foreclosure sales fall, home prices on steady rise

May 30, 2013 – 8:36 pm |

Sales of bank-owned, or foreclosed, homes are at a five-year low. Home prices have jumped in recent months, and borrowers have been able to refinance mortgages to avoid foreclosure, all signs of an improving housing market.

Alamo may replace Cotton as top Big 12 bowl

May 30, 2013 – 7:51 pm |

The Alamo Bowl is close to being top choice for the best Big 12 teams that won’t play for the national championship. The Big 12 also voted Wednesday to become the first conference with an eight-person officiating crew, expanding by one.

Arson deaths intensify Chilean-indigenous conflict

May 30, 2013 – 7:48 pm |

Chile has been struggling for decades to resolve tensions between the government and Mapuche Indians.

Pope Francis walks full length of Corpus Domini procession

May 30, 2013 – 7:36 pm |
Italy Pope Corpus Christi

In another break from tradition, Pope Francis I walked a full 1-mile procession called the Corpus Domini. His predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II had ridden on a platform in the bed of pickup trucks.

Man accused of killing UK soldier appears in court

May 30, 2013 – 7:30 pm |
Britain Attack

A prime suspect in the killing of a British soldier appeared in court Thursday to confirm his name, address and date of birth as part of the investigation.

Economy grows slower than estimated as consumer spending increases

May 30, 2013 – 6:46 pm |

The U.S. economy grew slower in the first quarter than experts expected. Consumer spending makes up 70 percent of GDP and was the fastest spending growth in more than two years.

Pakistani Taliban withdraw peace talks offer

May 30, 2013 – 6:42 pm |

The Pakistani Taliban withdraws their offer of peace talks after the death of the group’s deputy leader in an American drone attack, a blow to the incoming government of Nawaz Sharif that was elected partly on promises to restore security after years of deadly attacks.

Ohio State President comes under fire for Notre Dame jokes

May 30, 2013 – 6:25 pm |
E. Gordon Gee

During a meeting with the athletic council, Ohio State University’s President said Notre Dame’s priests could not be trusted and were the reason the catholic university did not receive an invitation to the Big Ten. He apologized Thursday for the remarks.

11 go missing from Mexico City bar

May 30, 2013 – 6:11 pm |
Mexico Violent Bars

The disappearance of 11 youths from a Mexico City bar is the most recent incident in a wave of kidnappings in a downtown neighborhood. While no clear motives had been revealed in the attack, residents of Tepito said there has been a wave of abductions of neighborhood young people in recent months that could be related to organized crime activities.

Former Bush cabinet member seems likely FBI director replacement

May 30, 2013 – 6:01 pm |

Republicans and Democrats agreed Thursday that James Comey, President Barack Obama’s expected pick for the next director of the government intelligence organization, would probably be confirmed by the Senate without issue.

Congress could debate Social Security, Medicare future as annual reports near

May 30, 2013 – 5:57 pm |

As the Medicare and Social Security trustees prepare to announce their annual reports Friday, here is a look at some common questions about the two programs, debt, deficit and budgets.

2-year-old Texan boy fatally shoots himself

May 30, 2013 – 5:46 pm |

An East Texas toddler died after shooting himself in the face with a 9mm pistol.

Organizers’ efforts fail to recall election of Arizona sheriff

May 30, 2013 – 5:42 pm |

Protesters have until Thursday to collect 500,000 valid signatures in an attempt to oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They say more than 400 sex-crimes cases were never fully investigate while he has held the office.

Syria’s Assad ‘confident in victory’ in civil war

May 30, 2013 – 5:13 pm |

Syrian President Bashar Assad, during a broadcast Thursday, said he is “confident in victory” in his country’s civil war. He warned that Damascus would retaliate for any future Israeli airstrike on his territory.

Oil, gas influence Colorado politics with big spending

May 30, 2013 – 4:49 pm |
Gas Drilling Public Lands

A report by Colorado Ethics Watch shows the Colorado oil and gas industry is unduly influential, spending disproportionately on legislative lobbying efforts and state election campaigns compared to other.