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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Violent storms have been erupting across the nation's midsection again this weekend. Emergency officials in Oklahoma say homes and businesses have been damaged, but there have been no reports so far of injuries or deaths after a series of tornadoes were reported in the western part of the state. 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.

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. officials say Delta Force commandos carried out a raid inside Syria on Saturday aimed at capturing a man described as the Islamic State's head of oil operations. However the commando team met stiff resistance, and the man was killed along with about a dozen IS fighters in a firefight. His wife was capture and taken to Iraq where she was being questioned in U.S. custody.

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. The ruling also applies to 120 other people in the latest mass death sentencing handed down since the military overthrew Morsi nearly two years ago. Meanwhile, security officials say suspected Islamic militants gunned down three judges and their driver in the northern Sinai Saturday.

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanos after a series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh). The flurry of quakes peaked in intensity Friday, with as many as 25 quakes per hour, and scientists' tilt meters detecting that the ground was deforming. Right now, there are two active eruptions on Kilauea, but scientist Steven Brantley says a new one could emerge after the level of a lava lake near the summit dropped.

NEW YORK (AP) — A guitar George Harrison played at the time when Beatlemania was taking off has sold for nearly half a million dollars at a New York auction. Julien's Auctions says the 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000 Friday to an undisclosed bidder. Julien's says Harrison borrowed it from a British music store and played it on stage several times in England and in Channel Islands in the summer of 1963.

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