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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi is advising people to remain indoors while police search for whoever shot and killed two officers. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports the officers are the first Hattiesburg officers to die in the line of duty in 30 years. Their identities and the specific circumstances surrounding the deaths were not immediately disclosed by police.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban are still claiming to have shot down a helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries in Pakistan. They released a video purporting to show Taliban fighters with a surface-to-air missile, claiming they used a similar one to shoot down the helicopter from a distance of nearly two miles. Pakistan dismisses the Taliban claim. The crash killed the ambassadors from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some 1,400 people have moved to safer ground from the northeastern tip of the Philippines where a powerful typhoon is approaching. The storm gained strength Sunday and coastal areas are exposed to floods and storm surges. Typhoon Noul has winds of 115 miles per hour and gusts of up to 136 mph.

CISCO, Texas (AP) — One person is dead and some people are still unaccounted for in a sparsely populated farming and ranching area of North Texas that was hit by multiple tornadoes. Eastland County Judge Rex Fields says one of the twisters caused "five miles of destruction" as it ravaged homes in a rural area south of the town of Cisco, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. Authorities have been going house to house to assess the damage, but were slowed by heavy rain.

MIAMI (AP) — It's still weeks before the official start of the hurricane season but residents of the Carolinas continue to keep a wary eye on Tropical Storm Ana. Beachgoers were warned away and at least one graduation ceremony was forced indoors Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph and forecasters say the big dangers for now are dangerous surf and rip tides. Some coastal flooding is possible.

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