QUAPAW, OKLA.

Two killed by tornado in rural area

A tornado killed two people in northeastern Oklahoma, authorities said Sunday. An Ottawa County sheriff’s dispatcher said a twister hit the community near Oklahoma’s boundaries with Kansas and Missouri at 5:30 p.m. The tornado was one of several spawned by a large storm front moving through the Midwest and South.

LIVERMORE, CALIF.

Woman admits to stabbing infant

A young mother has admitted to investigators that she stabbed her 7-month-old son to death in a popular Northern California park, police said Sunday. Ashley Newton, 23, of San Jose was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder, the East Bay Regional Parks District Police Department said in a statement. The motive remains unclear, but Newton had a history of depression and appeared to have self-inflicted knife wounds on her wrist.

CHICAGO

Pioneering DJ found dead at age 34

Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead this weekend of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said Sunday. He was 34. A Chicago police spokeswoman said a friend found Harden’s body Saturday afternoon in an apartment on the city’s West Side. There was no sign of injury but narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found near his body.

WASHINGTON

Federal judges’ violations examined

More than a dozen federal appeals court judges have violated federal conflict-of-interest laws over the past three years, throwing into doubt decisions in 26 cases, according to an analysis from a watchdog group. The Center for Public Integrity, in a report being released today, found 24 cases in which judges ruled despite owning stock in a company appearing before them. In two other cases, the judges had financial ties to law firms representing one of the parties. When informed of the conflicts, all 16 judges sent letters to the parties involved in the cases, disclosing the violations.

HARTFORD, CONN.

Autopsy released for slain student

A 16-year-old girl stabbed at her high school on the day of her junior prom died of wounds to her torso and neck, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner said Sunday. The medical examiner’s office ruled that Maren Sanchez’s death was a homicide. A 16-year-old male classmate is charged with murder as a juvenile in the stabbing at Jonathan Law High School in Milford. The attack occurred Friday morning, hours before the school’s prom, and authorities are investigating whether Sanchez was stabbed after turning down the boy’s invitation to the dance.

Compiled from wire reports.