Mr Samaras, founder of the tornado research company, Twistex, was the star of the Discovery Channel documentary Storm Chasers
Tornadoes have killed twelve people in central Oklahoma, including a mother and her baby, and menaced Oklahoma City where 11 days ago a twister ranked as EF5, the highest level, tore through the suburb of Moore, killing 24.
Out of America: The destructive power of tornadoes will be as nothing once the Great Plains' vast underground water reserve dries up
Glenn Lewis wants safe rooms provided in every new-built home
Two people were killed when a private jet crashed on a residential area in northern Indiana, the US Federal Aviation Administration said today.
Dale Robertson, who has died the age of 89, was a star of television and film Westerns during the genre's heyday. With his quietly spoken, modest persona, he had bit parts in films such as The Boy with the Green Hair and the Joan Crawford vehicle Flamingo Road before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in Fighting Man of the Plains.
Average global surface temperature in 2012 was 0.56C warmer than the average for the period 1951 to 1980
In 1997 Patti Page was given an industry award for selling 100 million records and yet she rarely had critical success. Her detractors thought her records bland and banal and too often associated with novelty, notably "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window". Nevertheless, the record-buying public of the early 1950s loved her work and "Tennessee Waltz" sold 10 million copies, at that time becoming the second biggest selling single and only losing out to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas". Patti Page's impact in the UK was reduced because of local artists covering her hits.
Severe summer heat caused by humans not natural events, says Nasa scientist
Championship-winning racehorse business was used to launder cash, say US authorities
As Super Tuesday dawns, and Republicans in 10 states begin the biggest day in the nomination battle, Guy Adams sees the staunch Christian candidate hit Oklahoma – and the evangelical heartlands
American golf suffered a blow yesterday when one of its brightest young talents announced he is to base his professional career on the European Tour. Peter Uihlein has made what his agent claims is "a pioneering move" to focus on the global game instead of the sometimes insular world of the PGA Tour.
Hanson can't believe they are still making music 14 years after releasing their first single.
Out of America: The body of 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe may be removed from the town that bears his name
In the mid-1970s the bass guitar became a pivotal instrument in the funk and electro-funk genres. While not as flamboyant or flashy a player as Larry Graham, "Bootsy" Collins or Rick James, Robert Wilson was an influential musician whose distinctive bass lines helped The Gap Band, the group formed by his older brothers Ronnie and Charlie, make some of the most infectious party anthems of the '80s.
Once upon a time, California's energetic public health lobby concentrated on trying to stop people from smoking, or drinking beer, or from making a daily pilgrimage to their local fast-food restaurant. Now, having presumably run out of other things to ban, they have launched a crusade against a naturally occurring green mineral.