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VAN, Texas (AP) — The search continues for as many as 10 people who are unaccounted for after tornadoes struck parts of northeastern Texas and southwestern Arkansas. The storm killed at least two people and sent more than two dozen others to hospitals. In the community of Granbury, Texas, storms and heavy rain are blamed for a 40-foot wide sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a grocery store.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Amid lowered flags, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance today. A memorial event is scheduled for the men at Hattiesburg's convention center this afternoon. And two people who are facing charges of capital murder are due in court.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia for talks tomorrow with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn). It will be his first trip to Russia since the start of the Ukraine crisis, which has badly damaged relations between Moscow and the West, and only his second since taking office. The State Department said Kerry will meet Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are barely budging in early trading as the market comes off its biggest gain in two months. Friday's gain came after the U.S. government reported an encouraging pickup in hiring. Stocks in Europe retreated today as hopes dimmed for a quick deal on Greece's bailout.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who told his parents he was set to graduate from Penn State when in fact he wasn't even enrolled as a student has been reported missing. Police say the parents of 23-year-old Jon Steindorf discovered him missing Friday when they drove to State College to pick him up for commencement. His roommate was the last person to see him that morning. His parents say Steindorf told them he'd finished his studies in the fall and was on track to graduate. But it turns out he wasn't enrolled as a student last fall. Police have checked out several reported sightings.

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