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Storms rolling across the South appeared to be taking aim at some of the largest wildfires burning across the region, which could finally help firefighters in their efforts to subdue the blazes, authorities said Monday. As the storm system passed over Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee late Monday, it was heading toward some of largest wildfires in Georgia and North Carolina. Comment?
In the rural Mississippi community they served, two nuns found slain in their home "would do anything for anybody," friends said. The women, both 68 and nurse practitioners, were found dead Thursday morning when they didn't report to work at the nearby clinic where they provided flu shots, insulin and other medical care for children and adults who couldn't afford it. Comment?
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 3-year-old boy's breach of a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, leading authorities to fatally shoot the gorilla to protect the child, has focused attention on zoo enclosures and security. Incidents of humans entering enclosures or animals escaping are rare, but can have tragic outcomes: August 1986: A 5-year-old boy lifted up to a wall by his father for a better view of some gorillas falls 20 feet into a pit at a British zoo on the English Channel island of Jersey, suffering a broken arm and head injuries. Comment?
Almost half of all heart attacks cause no obvious symptoms, yet they can still be life-threatening, according to research on more than 9,000 middle-aged men and women. It's one of the biggest studies to examine so-called silent heart attacks, and to also explore them across racial and gender groups. Comment?
"American Idol" runner-up La'Porsha Renae has delivered a soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace" to a standing ovation in the Mississippi House, closing the session on a high note in her home state. The 22-year-old single mother, who appeared in the final season of the Fox TV show, sang a capella before lawmakers adjourned an often tense and divisive session. Comment?
Human Rights Campaign, ACLU of Mississippi and Planned Parenthood Southeast led an afternoon rally outside the Governor's Mansion in downtown Jackson. The diverse crowd included people from across the state who say the bill would permit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Comment?
The line of storms that brought tornados to three Southern states is moving into the Carolinas, bringing the threat of severe weather. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for a dozen counties in central and southern South Carolina early Friday. Comment?
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