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May 23, 2013

Oklahoma tornado victims astounded at how they survived

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction.

At least one family took refuge in a bathtub and some people shut themselves in underground shelters built into their houses on Monday when the powerful storm tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

May 22, 2013

Rescuers comb Oklahoma tornado rubble for buried survivors

, May 22 (Reuters) – Rescue workers with sniffer
dogs and searchlights combed through the wreckage of a massive
tornado to ensure no survivors remained buried in the rubble of
primary schools, homes and buildings in an Oklahoma City suburb.

The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened blocks of
the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240 in
Moore, just outside Oklahoma City.

May 22, 2013

Rescuers seek Oklahoma tornado survivors as area eyes recovery

, May 22 (Reuters) – Rescue efforts in the
tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City suburb of Moore continued through
the night into Wednesday morning, with officials increasingly
confident that everyone caught in the disaster had been
accounted for.

The massive tornado that tore through the area on Monday
wiped out blocks of houses, killed at least 24 people and
injured about 240.

May 22, 2013

Whole neighborhoods razed by Oklahoma tornado that killed 24

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Rescuers went building to building in search of victims and thousands of survivors were homeless on Tuesday after a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, wiping out whole blocks of homes and killing at least 24 people.

The death toll was lower than initially feared, but nine children were among the dead, including seven who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit on Monday in the deadliest tornado to strike the United States in two years.

May 21, 2013

Survivors pulled from Oklahoma tornado debris as toll falls

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in an Oklahoma town hit by a powerful tornado, and officials lowered the death toll from the storm to 24, including nine children.

The 2-mile (3-km) wide tornado tore through Moore outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, trapping victims beneath the rubble, wiping out entire neighborhoods and tossing vehicles about as if they were toys.

May 21, 2013

Oklahoma lowers tornado death toll amid frantic search

, May 21 (Reuters) – Emergency workers searched
for survivors in the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in
an Oklahoma town hit by a powerful tornado, but officials on
Tuesday sharply lowered the number of deaths caused by the
storm.

The Oklahoma state medical examiner’s office said 24 bodies
had been recovered from the wreckage of Monday’s storm, down
from the 51 they had reported earlier. The earlier number likely
reflected some double-counted deaths, said Amy Elliott, chief
administrative officer for the medical examiner.

May 21, 2013

Many children among 91 feared dead in tornado-hit Oklahoma

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – At least 91 people, including 20 children, were feared killed when a 2 mile wide tornado tore through an Oklahoma City suburb, trapping victims beneath the rubble as one elementary school took a direct hit and another was destroyed.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster area in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in Moore after the deadliest U.S. tornado since one killed 161 people in Joplin, Missouri, two years ago.

May 21, 2013

Monster tornado kills at least 51 in Oklahoma town

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – At least 91 people, including 20 children, were feared killed when a 2 mile wide tornado tore through an Oklahoma City suburb, trapping victims beneath the rubble as one elementary school took a direct hit and another was destroyed.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster area in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in Moore after the deadliest U.S. tornado since one killed 161 people in Joplin, Missouri, two years ago.

May 10, 2013

Marines sharpen skills for school-defense at Quantico

QUANTICO, Virginia (Reuters) – There has never been a shooting at a U.S. Defense Department school and the U.S. Marines are doing their best to ensure one never takes place.

Bombs, blood, dozens of gunshots, billowing smoke, screaming teenagers, bodies sprawled on the gym floor – all of it fake – were part of the first school shooting exercise at Marine Corps Base Quantico, known as “the Crossroads of the Marine Corps.”

May 7, 2013

Dalai Lama decries Buddhist attacks on Muslims in Myanmar

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday decried Buddhist monks’ attacks on Muslims in Myanmar, saying killing in the name of religion was “unthinkable.”

The Dalai Lama, a foremost Buddhist leader, told an audience at the University of Maryland at the start of a U.S. tour that the root of seemingly sectarian conflict was political, not spiritual.

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      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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