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Life among ruin ... Funeral arrangements set ... Picasso painting sets world record

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 11, 2015 at 7:01 p.m.



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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Emergency responders are scouring splintered wreckage in the East Texas town of Van, looking for three people who are still missing. At least five people are dead and scores of others were hurt, some critically, after a line of tornadoes stretching into Arkansas battered several small communities. Among the dead are a young couple who shielded their 18-month-old toddler when a twister hit their mobile home in the Arkansas town of Nashville. The child survived.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been set for one of two Mississippi officers killed Saturday in a traffic stop. A Hattiesburg funeral home says 34-year-old Officer Benjamin Deen will be buried Thursday following a funeral in nearby Sumrall. Deen and Officer Liquori Tate died after allegedly being shot by Marvin Banks, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder. A funeral home in Tate's hometown of McComb says arrangements for the 25-year-old officer will be released tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed unanimously a resolution calling on Iran to immediately release three Americans being held and help locate a fourth. The resolution calls for Iran to free Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Jason Rezaian and cooperate with the U.S. government to locate and return former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who is believed to be missing in Iran. Sen. James Risch (rihsh), who introduced the measure, argued that the four should have been released before the U.S. started negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran.

NEW YORK (AP) — The message to the NFL's biggest star and its championship team: No one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game. The league has suspended the Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of next season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. Two staffers have also been suspended.

NEW YORK (AP) —A vibrant, multihued painting from Pablo Picasso has set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for nearly $179.4 million. "Women of Algiers (Version O)" was part of a sale of two dozen 20th century masterpieces offered at Christie's auction house in New York.

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