Across the Midwest and South, residents are cleaning up from Friday's outbreak of late winter storms.
A seemingly nonstop barrage of tornadoes roared across rural farmland and cities all day and all night. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia all sustained damage. At least 28 people died, and that number is expected to rise.
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This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.
At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is headed for victory in Sunday's presidential election in Russia. The ballot's been set, so he's all but certain to win a majority, without facing an embarrassing run-off against one of his much weaker rivals.
Putin's also certain to face growing anger from an educated, urban middle class that's been demonstrating on the streets of Moscow.
They first came out to protest apparent vote rigging, in December's parliamentary election. But many see electoral fraud as part of the wider problem of corruption and abuse of power in Putin's Russia.
Kentucky State police in Morehead on Friday said they had received reports of tornado damage in West Liberty. The National Weather Service in Jackson said it had received unconfirmed reports of major damage and possibility fatalities there.State police in Morehead said they had received reports of a tornado causing damage in West Liberty. The Morgan County town, about 80 miles east of Lexington, was severely damaged by a storm on Wednesday. The most serious damage occurred at the Country Carpet outlet, which lost its roof. Damage Wednesday mainly was centered in an area along U.S. 460 and Ky. 191 west of town. To learn the latest on tornado, storm and flood warnings and watches, click here.
The White House meeting next Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be the most critical encounter for the two men since they took office.
Netanyahu is expected to argue that time is running out on efforts to discourage Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Obama may say the Israelis can count on U.S. support, but that they should give sanctions and diplomacy time to work before turning to military action.
An apparent tornado demolished a volunteer fire department station in the Trimble County community of Milton on Friday afternoon. Further north in Henryville, Indiana, in northern Clark County, there is widespread damage. Henryville High School, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville, is basically gone. The station reports five fatalities so far in Indiana. Baseball-sized hail was reported in Henryville. Back in Kentucky, Greensburg and Campbellsville are in the path of an approaching thunderstorm. WAVE-TV is reporting that drier air is now moving into Kentucky and areas north of the Western Kentucky and Blue Grass parkways are probably in the clear from receiving further severe weather today. But areas in southeast Kentucky are still in a potentially dangerous areas of the state. Storms are now approaching Barren County, according to WAVE-TV.