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Afternoon storms...Death sentence for Egypt's Morsi...Triple Crown hopeful

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 16, 2015 at 6:01 p.m.



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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Another round of strong storms, including some tornadoes, is moving across the nation's midsection. The National Weather Service says tornadoes have touched down in southwestern Oklahoma near the towns of Elmer, Tipton and Elk City. So far there's no word on damage or injuries. There have also been reports of tornadoes in Minnesota. Storms are also hitting the Mid-Atlantic, with a severe thunderstorm warning out for Washington, D.C., and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced the country's first freely elected leader to death. Ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was convicted over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. The ruling also applies to 120 other people. It is the latest in a series of mass death sentences handed down since the military overthrew Morsi nearly two years ago.

BALTIMORE (AP) — American Pharoah is headed to next month's Belmont Stakes with a shot at becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharaoh pulled away for a convincing win in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico today, despite a driving rain. The Kentucky Derby winner seemed unfazed by the sloppy track and thunder in the background on the way to his sixth straight win.

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — The keynote speaker at what is likely the last commencement exercise at Sweet Briar College in Virginia has criticized the closing of the 114-year-old women's school. Columbus, Georgia, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar. She told the graduating class to loud applause that the school's closing provides a lesson in leadership, and if students had been making the decision, the outcome might have been different. Leaders of the 530-student college cited insurmountable financial challenges as the reason for the closure.

NEW YORK (AP) — A physical therapist who popularized the Lamaze method of childbirth in the United States and helped change the way women and doctors approached the delivery room has died at her New York home. Elisabeth Bing was 100. Lamaze International says Bing died Friday. The cause of her death isn't immediately known.

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