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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tornado watch remains in effect for another hour in North Texas. Two tornadoes have touched down. One north of Wichita Falls; the other near Cisco, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. It's too early to determine the extent of damage or whether there are any injuries. Nearly 50 Texas counties are under a tornado watch, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A senior Vatican cardinal is predicting there will be no change in the Catholic Church's practice and teaching about marriage, divorce and the reception of Communion at an upcoming meeting of bishops on family issues. Cardinal George Pell says he believes the October synod "will massively endorse the tradition" of the church.

SYDNEY (AP) — According to a new survey, one in four gay men say they've received verbal threats of harm or have been bullied while participating in sports. Around 80 percent of people say they've witnessed discrimination. Officials say the 'Out on the Fields' survey, released Sunday in Australia, is the largest international study of discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual participants in sports.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says the defining story of Tuskegee University is that of rising hopes for all African Americans. In her commencement address today at the historically black university in Alabama, Obama urged the 500 graduates to trust themselves to chart their own course and make their own mark in the world.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is citing pilot error in a hot air balloon crash that killed three people in Virginia. The crash occurred a year ago today ahead of a festival in Doswell, about 25 miles north of Richmond. The NTSB says the probable cause of the accident was "the pilot's inadequate approach and his failure to maintain clearance from power lines."

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