Injury count in Okla. tornadoes, storms tops 100

YUKON, Okla. (AP) — A hospital official in Oklahoma City says more than 75 people were injured during a burst of severe storms and tornadoes on Friday night. Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said Saturday that the hospital chain…

Report: Afghan Taliban delegation visits Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A semi-official Iranian news agency says Tehran has hosted a delegation of the Afghan Taliban, the radical Sunni group that has long been a sworn enemy of Iran’s ruling Shiite clerics. The Fars agency…

Police in NE Ohio kill black bear seen as threat

UNIONTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio have killed a 210-pound black bear that officers feared was a threat to area residents. The Akron Beacon Journal (http:……

NWS: Number of Midwest, Plains tornadoes unclear

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologists say it’s unclear how many tornadoes touched down Friday evening. Dozens of tornado warnings were issued across a wide swath of the Midwest, including Oklahoma and Missouri, as a large…

Jailed Pussy Riot member ends hunger strike

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian activist says that a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison…

2 Egypt policemen in uprising case free from jail

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — A judge has ordered the release of two Egyptian policemen previously sentenced for the beating death of a man after an appeal overturned their manslaughter conviction. The death of 28-year-old Khaled Said was a…

The IRS, its glory days and its checkered past

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a time, the Internal Revenue Service inspired awe and admiration in Americans, not just trepidation and lame jokes about death and taxes. Everyone loved the revenue agents when they put away Al Capone, the…

Pyrenees slopes open for rare June ski weekend

PORTE-PUYMORENS, France (AP) — The still-white slopes in the Pyrenees of southern France opened for business on Saturday, turning a cold wet spring into a rare June ski weekend. The Porte-Puymorens (por-TAY PWEE-more-enz) ski station opened Saturday morning…

Republican vs. Republican on covering uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems like the political battles over health care will never end. Now it’s Republican versus Republican in some big states. Conservative Republican legislators in those states are trying to block efforts by more pragmatic…

Cincy police hold community meeting after killings

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police are holding a community meeting Saturday in the wake of 15 homicides in two months. Police are meeting with residents in the Over-t……

Wife: Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant

LONDON (AP) — Lou Reed’s wife says the rock icon is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant, according to an interview published Saturday in a British newspaper. Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed “was dying”…

Suspected US drones kill 7 al-Qaida men in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni military official says suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed seven suspected al-Qaida militants in the group’s southern stronghold of Abyan. The official said two drones struck two cars on Saturday carrying the…

Kyrgyz protesters unblock Canadian gold mine

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Protesters have lifted their blockade of a Canadian gold mine in Kyrgyzstan’s east, but their supporters in the south are continuing their siege of a local governor’s headquarters. Hundreds of stone-throwing protesters besieged the…

Obama: Economy showing signs of strength

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is showing new signs of strength. He’s pointing to the auto industry, new jobs and a recovering housing market as signs of progress. In his weekly radio and Internet…

UN: More than 1,000 Iraqis killed in May violence

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq says more than 1,000 people were killed in violence in the country last month — the highest monthly death toll in years. The figures released Saturday showed 1,045 civilians…

Damage assessment to begin after fatal Okla. storm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Emergency officials are preparing to survey tornado damage again this morning following the second major fatal storm to strike the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in several days. Law enforcement officers and Red Cross damage…

Rockets from Syria hit Hezbollah stronghold

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say 16 rockets fired from Syria have struck the eastern region of Baalbek. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, say the rockets…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, June 01, 2013. A strong and broad low pressure system moves eastward over the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes on Saturday. This system will push a strong cold front eastward from…

Guatemalan mine dispute militarizes region

SAN RAFAEL LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — The neighbors of the San Rafael silver mine no longer come out of their homes for fear of the machine-gun toting troops and police who man checkpoints in these green, wooded…