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Jeb Bush accuses Obama administration of limiting religious freedom...Wide variety of weather threats today...Liberia free of Ebola

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 9, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.



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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is condemning the Obama administration's use of what he calls "coercive federal power" to limit religious freedom. In a commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia, the Republican White House prospect lashed out at the Democratic president's administration for "demanding obedience in complete disregard of religious conscience." Bush also told graduates of the Christian collage that "the Christian voice" isn't heard enough in the world.

UNDATED (AP) — A variety of weather threats face different parts of the country today. In the Great Plains, forecasters say there's a risk of severe thunderstorms that could include tornadoes and large hail. The Nebraska Panhandle and parts of South Dakota could see snow. And along the coast of the Carolinas, a tropical storm that formed weeks before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season is threatening to whip up dangerous surf.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The World Health Organization has declared Liberia free of Ebola, after 42 days passed without any new cases. That's twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease. While celebrating the milestone, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told The Associated Press that for some survivors, "the pain and grief will take a generation to heal." She called the damage wrought by the worst Ebola outbreak in history "a scar on the conscience of the world."

MADRID (AP) — A military transport plane has crashed near Seville airport in southwestern Spain, killing at least three crew members. Spain's prime minister said up to 10 crew members were aboard the brand new Airbus A400M aircraft that was undergoing flight trials at the airport. An Interior Ministry spokeswoman at the scene of the crash told The Associated Press that three bodies were recovered from the wreckage and two injured crew members were rescued alive and taken to hospitals.

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A 4-year-old West Texas boy has died after he was struck in the head by a falling tombstone in a cemetery. Odessa police say Levi Driver was playing while his family was nearby visiting a gravesite at the Ector County Cemetery yesterday when a nearly 100-year-old headstone toppled over. The child was taken to Odessa Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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