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Tornadoes hit Massachusetts

Residents were left stunned at the force of nature yesterday after tornadoes roared through the US state of Massachusetts, packing violent winds that ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and left four people dead across the state.

US tornadoes kill four

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and authorised 1,000 National Guard troops to be called up to provide support after at least two tornadoes touched down.

Obama consoles the town torn down by twister

His feet barely back on American soil after his 6-day tour of Britain and other European nations, President Barack Obama visited Joplin, Missouri, yesterday to take on the role of consoler-in-chief one week after the town was ravaged by a single monster tornado that killed at least 142 people.

Video: Family of missing tornado boy make plea

The family of missing teenager Will Norton are appealing for help after he disappeared during a tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

Violent storms hit middle America after tornadoes

A line of violent thunderstorms roared across middle America, killing six people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.

Storm leaves 116 dead in a single American town

Doctors and nurses at the main hospital in the US town of Joplin, Missouri, had just minutes to rush patients away from windows and outside walls before it was ravaged by a massive tornado that ripped a wide path through, leaving at least 116 people dead and countless more injured. Officials said the death toll was expected to rise.

Deadly tornado tears through the US midwest

Search teams bathed in the harsh glow of floodlights early today picked through rubble of neighborhoods and commercial districts demolished by a tornado that killed at least 30 people in the southwestern Missouri town of Joplin.

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Key Mississippi floodgate opened

Over the next few days, water spewing through a Mississippi River floodgate will crawl through the swamps of Louisiana's Cajun country, chasing people and animals to higher ground while leaving much of the land under 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) of brown muck.

Video: US Army blow up levee

Engineers have blown up a Mississippi River levee in Missouri as rising waters continue to threaten towns in several US states.

FBI asks public to help crack code in murder case

The bureau admits it has got nowhere in deciphering messages found on a dead man

Ferlin Husky: Country singer who pioneered the 'Nashville Sound'

One of the most versatile vocalists in country music, Ferlin Husky was also one of its most popular all- round entertainers, as assured handling a comedy routine as he was performing classics like "Gone" and "Wings Of A Dove".

Last US Great War veteran dies at 110

Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to serve during the First World War and lived to be the last surviving US veteran, has died at the age of 110.

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Newcomer Jennifer Lawrence has rightfully earnt an Oscar nom for her performance as 17-year-old Ree Dolly.

George Hickenlooper: Film-maker best known for his documentary about the making of ‘Apocalypse Now’

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