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Deadly Storms Leave Devastation Behind in South Central States

Massive storm systems that pushed through the South Central United States and northern Mexico over the Memorial Day weekend have left behind a path of devastation and destruction. A tornado raged through a Mexico border city shortly after daybreak on …

Disasters Declared in Arkansas, Texas Following Severe Weather

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in counties hit in recent days by severe weather that’s included tornadoes, thunderstorms and heavy rains that brought flooding. Likewise, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a disaster proclamation for 10 …

5 Dead After Twisters Hit Texas, Arkansas

Emergency responders on May 11 searched through wreckage in parts of the states of Texas and Arkansas after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least five people, including a young couple whose daughter survived. At daybreak, …

Number of Deaths From Oklahoma Tornadoes, Storms Rises to 4

The death toll from tornadoes and strong storms last week in Oklahoma has risen to four people. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had earlier said that one person died when the severe weather struck a mobile home park …

Last Year’s Fatalities Prompt New Safety Features at Austin’s SXSW

Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and TV on the Radio are on the schedule, but what’s really getting attention at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, is safety. After a driver plowed through a barricade and into …

San Antonio Fire Crew Unaware Senior Facility Was a High-Rise

An analysis by the San Antonio Fire Department says the arrival of specialized resources to a December fire that killed five residents of a senior living facility near San Antonio, Texas, was delayed because responders were unaware it was a …

California Commuter Train Versus Truck Injures Dozens

Twenty-eight people were injured when a Southern California commuter train collided with a truck stuck on the tracks on Tuesday, toppling three rail cars. There were no deaths reported in the crash, which occurred at about 5:40 a.m. local time …

Prison Bus Strikes Train in West Texas, Leaving at Least 10 Dead

A county sheriff says at least 10 people are dead after a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a train. Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson says …

Texas Auto Injury, Fatality Crashes Rise Again in 2014

Contrary to a nationwide trend, Texas automobile crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities have risen for the past three years, the Insurance Council of Texas reports. Nationally, roadway crashes involving injuries and fatalities have been going down. Since 2011, however, …

Illinois Landlord Gets Life in Deadly Arson-for-Insurance Case

A Cicero, Ill., landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of seven people during a Valentine’s Day 2010 apartment fire that prosecutors say was set for insurance money. Cook County prosecutors say Judge Carol Kipperman sentenced …