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UNDATED (AP) — Forecasters say two tornadoes appear to have touched down in the Oklahoma City area. The first storm hit Wednesday afternoon, destroying dozens of homes in Amber and Bridge Creek. Later Wednesday, another severe storm, forecasters believe was a tornado, grazed the south side of Oklahoma City, bringing down power lines and flipping over cars. At least nine tornadoes also rumbled through Kansas and one in rural Nebraska.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A civil rights group in Oklahoma is demanding that a grand jury investigate the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Tulsa County volunteer sheriff's deputy. The volunteer, 73-year-old Robert Bates, is a friend of the sheriff and has donated tens of thousands of dollars in cash and equipment to the sheriff's office. Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are monitoring air quality near the site of a burning oil train that derailed and caught fire. The six tank cars that exploded into flames were a model slated to be phased out or retrofitted by 2020 under a federal rule announced last week. It happened near the tiny town of Helmdal, about about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states where drivers are not allowed to pump their own gas, but that may end in Oregon. The state Legislature appears ready to at least let people driving through rural Oregon pump their own fuel. Under a bill that's already passed the House, gas stations could offer self-service fuel during hours when attendants aren't around. The change of heart comes from concern that travelers could get stranded in far-flung parts of the state where gas is scare after hours.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended drug-dealing priest is asking for leniency when he's sentenced in a federal court in Hartford, Connecticut Thursday. Monsignor Kevin Wallin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The 63-year-old priest also bought a sex shop to possibly launder the drug money. As part of his 2013 guilty plea, Wallin agreed to a possible prison sentence of 10 to 11 years. He's now asking for four years in prison and 500 hours of community service.