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  • Updated: May 19, 2013 - 8:51 PM

kansas twister A tornado touched down southwest of Wichita on Sunday night, part of a line of storms that passed through the Central Plains. A powerful storm system spawned tornadoes that damaged homes and buildings near Oklahoma City and put the Tulsa area on high alert.

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Highest price for gas is in Minneapolis

The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps rose 11.19 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.6566 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc. The survey covers the period that ended Friday and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations. The highest price for gasoline in the lower 48 U.S. states among the markets surveyed was in Minneapolis, where the average was $4.27 a gallon, Lundberg said. The lowest price was in Tucson, Ariz., where customers paid an average of $3.18 a gallon. Regular gasoline averaged $3.77 a gallon on Long Island, N.Y., and $4.05 in Los Angeles.

 


Virginia

Driver likely had medical condition

Authorities believe the driver who plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Virginia mountain town parade suffered from a medical condition and did not cause the crash intentionally. Officials based the assessment on accounts from authorities and witnesses on the scene. Two people were kept at hospitals overnight, but their injuries were not critical as of Sunday. The crash happened during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail.

North Korea

North again fires short-range missile

North Korea launched a short-range projectile into waters off its east coast, as South Korea condemned the North’s provocations and urged it to accept a proposal for dialogue. North Korea conducted three similar launchings in the same area Saturday, rattling the region where governments have hoped for an easing of tensions. South Korea fears North Korea’s artillery and multiple-rocket launchers, which are massed along the border with the South.

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