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President Obama wipes his eye as he speaks with Amy Simpson, principal of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Sunday.
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Obama visits tornado-damaged town

– President Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., on Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and property and promising that the government will be behind them “every step of the way.”

“I’m just a messenger here,” the president said, saying “folks are behind you” across America. He offered moral and monetary support in the wake of the monstrous EF5 tornado that killed 24 people, including 10 children, May 20.

The White House said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already provided $57 million in rebates and incentives to help build about 12,000 storm shelters in Oklahoma.

Ky. officer slain, shooter at large

The fatal roadside shooting of a Kentucky police officer was premeditated and authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding suspects, a police spokesman said Sunday.

Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot multiple times with a shotgun after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County late Saturday night, Kentucky State Police spokesman Norman Chaffins told The Associated Press. Chaffins said investigators determined the shooting was an ambush.

Anchorage couple killed, tot assaulted

A man has been charged with beating an Alaska couple to death and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old great-granddaughter.

Anchorage police said the man was arrested Saturday night as he fled the east Anchorage homicide scene dressed only in boxer shorts and socks.

‘Crack baby’ scare overblown in ’80s

Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s “crack baby” scare was overblown, finding little proof of major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.

Some studies have linked pregnant women’s cocaine use with children’s behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school performance. But the effects were mostly small and may have resulted from other factors including family problems or violence, parents’ continued drug use and poverty, the researchers said.

They reviewed 27 studies involving more than 5,000 11- to 17-year-olds whose mothers had used cocaine while pregnant. The studies all involved low-income, mostly black and urban families.

The review, led by University of Maryland pediatrics researcher Maureen Black, was released online today in the journal Pediatrics.

Teen swept away in San Antonio creek

The search intensified Sunday for a teenage boy believed to have been swept away by floodwaters as he tried to swim across a swollen creek near San Antonio, authorities said.

Several search and rescue teams in inflatable boats were moving through the muddy water trying to find the teen in Schertz, where he was reported missing Saturday.

The creek had dropped about 10 feet since Saturday. Other rivers in the San Antonio area and surrounding counties continued to drop after peaking above the flood stage.

Overpass collapses, trains collide in Mo.

Cleanup of the collapsed southeast Missouri highway overpass continued Sunday, more than 24 hours after a cargo train crash led to a chain reaction.

The crash, which happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Chaffee, led to the derailment of about two dozen rail cars that smashed into the bridge’s support pillars.

Seven people in two cars on the Highway M overpass in Scott County were injured, none seriously, when two 40-foot sections of the overpass crumpled.

Wash. river to get temporary spans

Temporary spans will be installed across the Skagit River in northern Washington state where an interstate highway span collapsed into the water last week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday.

Inslee said he hopes the temporary spans, each with two lanes for northbound and southbound traffic, will be finished in about three weeks.

The spans will be pre-built and trucked to Mount Vernon, Wash., where the collapse happened after a semi-truck carrying an oversize load clipped a steel truss Thursday. The state plan also calls for a permanent span to be built at the same time with crews rolling in the permanent fix by autumn, officials said.

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