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The latest on the severe weather in the Midwest

Tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City and St. Louis, Missouri, areas Friday, ripping up homes and sending thousands scrambling for cover.

IRS on defense over employee dance video

A newly obtained video has the IRS running damage control on a new front, as the embattled agency prepares for the release next week of an inspector general report that will be critical of how money was spent on staff conferences.

In El Reno, a tornado 'looking at us dead in the eye'

David Stottlemyre was inside an oil field repair shop in El Reno, Oklahoma, when he saw a tornado "looking at us dead in the eye." The lifelong Oklahoman said he and two coworkers stayed inside as the building took a direct hit -- the

Man fires gun, rapes two women at Baton Rouge hotel

A Baton Rouge man was arrested for allegedly firing a handgun multiple times in a hotel. He’s also accused of robbing and raping two women he went there to meet.

Attorney: Boy, 12, pleads not guilty to killing 8-year-old sister

A 12-year-old accused with stabbing to death his 8-year-old sister at their Northern California home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday during an appearance in a Calaveras County juvenile court, his attorney told CNN.

8th-grade spelling champ on hearing his word: 'I got this'

New York eighth-grader Arvind Mahankali is the fiercest speller around. No word can foil him, as he proved Thursday when he beat out other Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants by spelling "knaidel" correctly.

Arkansas and Oklahoma battered by severe weather

People in the central United States suffered through more severe weather Thursday -- in the form of torrential rain, golf-ball-size hail and damaging winds, including a few reported tornadoes -- and braced for even more storms.

Letters containing ricin postmarked from Shreveport

Last week, letters were sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that tested positive for the poison ricin.

$1 billion in cocaine intercepted en route to US

Authorities intercepted two speedboats -- sinking one -- and recovered about 13,000 pounds of cocaine worth almost $1 billion. Indeed, that's billion with a B.

President Obama, NYC Mayor Bloomberg get suspicious letters

A suspicious letter addressed to President Barack Obama intercepted Thursday in the Washington area appears to be connected to possibly poison-laced notes sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and an anti-illegal-gun group he founded, a law