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HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The search continues for residents missing following severe storms in Mississippi and several other states. Six people were killed yesterday. An 18-year-old woman died when a tree blew over onto a house. A 1-year-old trapped inside was pulled safely from the home by rescuers. The mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi says, "I'm looking at some horrific damage right now." Mayor Bill Luckett says sheet metal is wrapped around trees.

UPPERCO, Md. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is indicating that he's moving toward a major shake-up of his struggling campaign. In a Wednesday morning interview at his Maryland home — conducted without the knowledge of his campaign manager — Carson said "personnel changes" could be coming. Campaign manager Barry Bennett later texted: "No staff shake-up."

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court has given the go-ahead for the restart of two nuclear reactors. Residents living near the Takahama No. 3 and No. 4 reactors had argued that a massive earthquake could cause a disaster similar to the Fukushima nuclear crisis following the March 2011 quake and tsunami. But Takahama's operator argued that the reactors were safe. Today's lifting of an injunction paves the way for their restart.

KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court has sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island last year. The men have denied killing 24-year-old David Millar and raping and killing 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge last year on the island of Koh Tao. And one of the defendants testified that he was tortured, beaten and threatened so he would confess. Their defense attorney says the men plan to appeal.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California mother's fight to have her brain-dead daughter declared legally alive has moved to federal court. Lawyers for the mother of 13-year-old Jahi (juh-HY') McMath filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court asking that the girl be declared alive after state courts have refused to rescind the teen's death certificate. Jahi went into cardiac arrest in December 2013 after a routine operation to remove her tonsils. Declaring the girl alive would mean insurance companies would have to pay for her medical treatment.

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