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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The nation's midsection is bracing for another bout of severe weather. Forecasters say conditions appear to be ripe on Friday and Saturday for storms that could produce even more powerful tornadoes across an area covering southern Kansas, western Oklahoma and parts of North Texas. The Oklahoma City area bore the brunt of storms that spawned into tornadoes earlier this week. Homes were destroyed and a woman drowned after becoming trapped in her underground storm cellar.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A person familiar with the matter says the Justice Department has agreed to conduct an investigation into whether Baltimore's police engage in discriminatory patterns or practices. An announcement could come Friday. Baltimore's mayor asked for a broad federal investigation following the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a severe spinal injury while in police custody last month.

SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral will be held Friday for the New York City police officer who died Monday after being shot in the head two days before. Twenty-five-year-old Officer Brian Moore and his partner had stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the mourners attending Moore's wake on Thursday.

LONDON (AP) — The Conservatives are leading in Britain's parliamentary election. With about 87 percent of constituencies reporting, Conservatives have 269 seats, the opposition Labour Party has 214 and the Scottish National Party has 55. An exit poll has predicted that the Conservatives will be the top party in Thursday's vote.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting two Amish girls in northern New York is expected to change his plea of not guilty in court Friday. Stephen Howells and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey were charged last year by federal prosecutors following the Aug. 13 abduction of the 7- and 12-year-old sisters from their family's roadside farm stand. The girls were released the next day. Federal prosecutors accuse Howells and Vaisey of coercing minors to make pornographic videos, and they also face state kidnapping charges.

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