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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — There's been property damage but no reports of injuries so far from strong storms, including some tornadoes churning across the nation's midsection. Authorities in Oklahoma said there were reports of damage to homes and businesses and significant damage to power lines. Rain and winds have also moved across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak says it won't contest emergency orders from federal rail officials to implement a speed restriction system on the curve in Philadelphia where a train derailed, killing eight people. The train was doing almost more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The automated system is in place on the southbound rails. Amtrak says safety is its "overarching goal."
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Rainy skies didn't keep thousands of mourners from attending the funeral for one of two Mississippi police officers shot to death a week ago during a traffic stop. Law enforcement officers from around the country were among those paying respects to 25-year-old Officer Liquori Tate. A funeral was held Thursday for Benjamin Deen, the other officer killed.
HONOLULU (AP) — One of the world's most active volcanos is giving scientists a good show. A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island began sinking in the past few days and the surface of the lava lake fell nearly 500 feet. That's combined with a series of earthquakes and shifting ground, raising the possibility of a new lava eruption.
SEATTLE (AP) — Activists have sent Royal Dutch Shell a message about arctic oil drilling. Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Washington state's Elliott Bay in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to tell Shell it should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The "Paddle in Seattle" was held only blocks from where Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked.
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