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DALLAS (AP) — Deadly tornadoes that roared through the Dallas area blew the roofs off homes, left vehicles mangled or turned upside down, churches damaged, power lines down, natural gas lines burst, trees toppled and debris strewn across neighborhoods. At least seven people were killed in about a 40-mile-long area from 20 miles south of Dallas to northeast of the city. One the other side of the state, residents of West Texas and much of New Mexico are braced for heavy snow today.

LONDON (AP) — Weeks of heavy rainfall continue to cause heavy flooding in northern England where evacuations have been ordered for hundreds more people. Police in the York area 200 miles north of London advised more than 300 people to leave their homes because of rising river waters. Several hundred had been evacuated the day before in the West Yorkshire and Lancashire regions. Thousands are without power.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says tit-for-tat beheadings have killed eight men, four each from rival forces belonging to the Islamic State group and a militia controlled by a prominent lawmaker. The revenge killings occurred in the eastern border province of Nangarhar. The area is one of four districts that Afghan officials say has come under IS control in recent months.

BEIJING (AP) — An expanding anti-corruption campaign in China has snared the head of a Chinese telecommunications giant. The communist party's disciplinary arm, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, says the man who heads China Telecom has been placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption. Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) has warned that prevalent corruption threatens the party's rule.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister says Europe should follow the U.S. and Australia into unannounced alcohol, drug and medicine tests for pilots. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt's proposal follows the crash in March of a Germanwings jet that killed all 150 people aboard. Prosecutors believe the co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane. Dobrindt tells a newspaper there are positive air safety effects.

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