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More severe storms hit the South

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/19/19, 11:39 am

Strong storms continued battering the South on Friday, leaving three dead in the region. More than 100,000 people were without power Friday across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. A Mississippi man was killed Thursday afternoon when his car hit a tree south of Philadelphia, Miss., Neshoba County Coroner John Stephens told local news outlets. Kenderick Magee, 24, was also killed while driving in the storm near Gillsburg, Miss., WLBT-TV reported. Alabama authorities said a woman died Thursday night after the storms knocked a tree onto her home in St. Clair County.

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Storms batter southern U.S.

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/15/19, 10:57 am

Nearly 100,000 households lost power Sunday after powerful storms swept across the South over the weekend, spawning tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people. The storm brought widespread damage to Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and is expected to move on to the northeastern United States. One of the confirmed tornadoes ripped through the central Texas town of Franklin.

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Purported New York crime boss shot dead

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/14/19, 10:08 am

A man federal prosecutors say was a top leader of New York’s notorious Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island. Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at his home just after 9 p.m. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to members of the Sicilian Mafia. Police have not arrested anyone in connection with his death.

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