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Officials waiting to find out Nebraska tornado intensity...FDA takes aim at salt

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 17, 2014 at 5:41 a.m.



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PILGER, Neb. (AP) — Officials say they don't expect to know the intensity until later today of unusual twin tornadoes that wrecked the small Nebraska town of Pilger, killing a 5-year-old and injuring at least 19 people. Crews still have to examine the area to determine the storm's strength. Evacuated residents will have a chance to survey the damage and recover valuables this morning.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to further address increasing concern about salty food as part of a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The FDA is preparing to issue voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels. Americans eat about 1½ teaspoons of salt daily, about a third more than they should.

VIENNA (AP) — More negotiations have begun between Iran and six world powers as they try to reach a nuclear deal by a July 20 deadline. A May round ended in stalemate over some stubborn differences. Officials say the main obstacle is the size and capacity of Iran's future uranium enrichment program. Enrichment can create both nuclear fuel and the core of an atomic weapon.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have been on the offensive again today in Iraq, where officials say a raid on a police station northeast of Baghdad left at least 44 Sunni detainees dead. The militants were apparently trying to free the prisoners, but met resistance from pro-government Shiite militiamen defending the lockup. There is conflicting information on how the detainees died.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali extremists have hit a coastal area of Kenya near the border for a second day, killing at least nine people. That's in addition to 48 killed a day earlier. The back-to-back al-Shabab attacks underscore the weak security around the former tourist attraction, which lies just south of the Somali border. The U.S. ambassador made Kenya's entire coastal region off-limits for embassy employees.

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