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National news briefs — compiled April 13

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OKLAHOMA CITY

Storms spawn possible tornado

Strong thunderstorms brought rain and hail from the southwestern U.S. and Plains states to the upper Midwest on Sunday, and at least one possible tornado was reported. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in southeastern Iowa said a twister was spotted near the town of Lone Tree about 6 p.m. Sunday but that there were no injuries or damage.

NELIGH, NEB.

Pipeline opponents carve message

Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project’s path. The artwork, which covers 80 acres and was done last week, reads “Heartland#oKXL.” It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.

PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH

Infant remains found at home

A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Utah home until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. Officers responded to a call Saturday from Huntsman’s estranged husband about a dead infant at the home in Pleasant Grove, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, police Capt. Michael Roberts said. Officers then discovered the six other bodies. Roberts declined to comment on a motive.

RED BLUFF, CALIF.

No sign of fire before fatal crash

Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven’t found physical evidence confirming a witness’ claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are not ruling out a pre-impact fire, but a fire expert did not find evidence of flames as the truck crossed a median, sideswiped a Nissan Altima and crashed into the bus.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.

NASA OKs mission to space station

NASA is pressing ahead with today’s planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for the SpaceX capsule, Dragon, already a month late in delivering more than 2 tons of cargo. “We’re good to go,” said NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini.

Compiled from wire reports.


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