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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damage reports are starting to come in as strong storms, including some tornadoes, churn across the nation's midsection. Emergency officials in Oklahoma say homes and businesses have been damaged in Major and Roger Mills counties in western Oklahoma, and many power lines have been damaged. The National Weather Service also says tornadoes touched down near three towns in southwestern Oklahoma -- Elmer, Tipton and Elk City. Heavy rain and winds also have been hitting Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, where there were some reports of tornadoes near the South Dakota border.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a series of directives to Amtrak, aimed at addressing safety concerns after Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. They include immediately expanding the use of a speed restriction system to northbound tracks in Philadelphia, where the incident happened. Amtrak has also been told to produce a risk assessment of the curves along the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston and to increase the number of speed limits signs.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has laid to rest the second of two officers shot to death during a traffic stop a week ago. Thousands of mourners and law enforcement officers from around the country attended the funeral Saturday for 25-year-old Officer Liquori Tate. Under rainy skies, people lined the highway from the church in Hattiesburg to Starkville, where Tate was buried. A funeral was held Thursday for Benjamin Deen, the other officer killed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls gathered in Iowa are again taking jabs at Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. This time it's for not fielding more questions from the press. Former business executive Carly Fiorina says that if Clinton is going to run for president, "she is going to have to answer some questions." Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made similar comments.

UNDATED (AP) — The jockey who rode Affirmed to the Triple Crown in 1978 says he thinks American Pharoah is that special horse capable of ending the 37-year Triple Crown drought. Steve Cauthen tells The Associated Press that American Pharoah "looks like the real deal" after winning the Preakness by seven lengths today. But 12 other horses since Affirmed have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but failed to capture the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah gets his chance June 6.

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