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Storms kill at least five...Mother says shooting suspect has problems...Closing arguments next

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 11, 2015 at 10:51 a.m.



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VAN, Texas (AP) — At least five people are now confirmed dead from some violent weather that struck parts of Texas and Arkansas. Two of the deaths took place in the rural East Texas town of Van, where eight others are still unaccounted for. In the town of Corsicana, Texas, firefighters have recovered the body of a motorist who became trapped in floodwaters. And a couple died when a tornado hit their mobile home late yesterday in Nashville, Arkansas. Their young daughter survived.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a man accused in the shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers says her son is addicted to drugs and has mental problems. Mary Smith says her son, 29-year-old Marvin Banks, looked like he was high in photos taken after his arrest. She says, "You could tell something was wrong with him." Banks and his girlfriend were charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were slain Saturday night after a traffic stop. Banks' brother and another man are also charged in connection with the deaths.

BOSTON (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says closing arguments in the penalty phase will be held Wednesday. The jury has already found Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 charges against him. Jurors will soon be tasked with deciding whether Tsarnaev should spend the rest of his life behind bars for the 2013 attacks or be sentenced to death. Prosecutors and defense lawyers rested their cases today.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No injuries are reported in the emergency landing of a small commercial airliner at Los Angeles International Airport after the plane experienced mechanical trouble. An airport spokeswoman says 43 people were aboard the SkyWest Airlines plane when the trouble was reported this morning. From live TV video, it appeared the plane's left landing gear didn't deploy as it came down. Smoke could be seen coming from that side of the aircraft as it dragged along the runway and skidded to a stop.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in Yemen are claiming to have shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in a coalition carrying out air strikes against the rebels and their allies. The report comes just a day before a five-day humanitarian cease-fire is set to begin. Airstrikes by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia intensified today in the country's capital.

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