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3 deaths in Missouri as tornado strikes state capital

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A tornado has caused heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths and trapping dozens of people in the wreckage of their homes. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Gov. Mike Parson said three people died. Missouri Public Safety said they were killed in the Golden City area of Barton County. The is...

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AP sources: Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats , U. S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is not in response to any new threat from Iran but is aimed at reinforcing security in the They...

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2 elderly African lions die at San Francisco, San Diego zoos

SAN DIEGO (AP) Two beloved, elderly lions have died at zoos in California. The San Francisco Zoo announced Wednesday that a 16-year-old male African lion named Jahari died Monday of old age. African lions live to about 14 in the wild. He was born at the zoo in 2003 and raised by the staff after his mother died shortly after giving birth. The zoo's CEO, Tanya Peterson, says Jahari will be remembered for his bellowing roar that could be heard from every corner of the zoo. Jahari leaves a mate a...

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