New Tornado Super Outbreak Kills at Least 290 in South

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New Tornado Super Outbreak Kills at Least 290 in South

The worst tornado outbreak since the Tornado Super Outbreak of 1974 killed at least 290 in the South’s Dixie Alley Wednesday, including at least 194 in Alabama, where Tuscaloosa was devastated. A record-setting estimated 164 tornadoes struck from Mississippi all the way to New York, knocking two nuclear power plants off line and leaving hundreds injured, thousands homeless, and over a million without power. Alabama was hit hardest. A Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa Facebook page has been created to coordinate information and assistance for tornado survivors in the Tuscaloosa area.

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Art and Entertainment

Smallville Series Finale Says Farewell After 10 Seasons Smallville Series Finale Says Farewell After 10 Seasons

Smallville ended Friday after 10 seasons in a two-hour series finale, as Clark Kent made the final transition from Superboy to Superman. Lois and Clark decided the future of their relationship, Michael Rosenbaum returned for a final appearance as Luthor, and Clark finally put on the cape and took to the skies to face the
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer Released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer Released

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Oh, One More Thing: Columbo Is Back on Stage Oh, One More Thing: Columbo Is Back on Stage

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Zach Britton Strong Start Bright Spot for Ailing Orioles Zach Britton Strong Start Bright Spot for Ailing Orioles

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Stefanie Powers Opening 2011 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Stefanie Powers Opening 2011 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival

Actress Stefanie Powers will be at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs on May 12 at 7:30 pm for a book-signing and reception to kick off the opening night of the 2011 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. Powers, best known for her starring role in the TV series Hart to Hart, made an early appearance
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Madea’s Big Happy Family Opens at $10.6 Million Behind Rio Madea’s Big Happy Family Opens at $10.6 Million Behind Rio

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Weird Al Lady Gaga Born This Way Parody Dispute Settled

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Pink Floyd, Doors Manzarek-Krieger, B.B. King Play OC Fair Pink Floyd, Doors Manzarek-Krieger, B.B. King Play OC Fair

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Green Living

Sturgeon for Tomorrow Patrol Guards Spring Spawning Grounds Sturgeon for Tomorrow Patrol Guards Spring Spawning Grounds

Sturgeon are spawning in Wolf River, Wisconsin, the largest spawning grounds in the United States, and the Sturgeon for Tomorrow (SFT) patrol is on guard to protect them from poachers. Each year volunteers sign up for 12-hour shifts to stand watch at key locations between late and early May. Sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish,
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Speaks on Ocean Conversation, Oil Spill Jean-Michel Cousteau Speaks on Ocean Conversation, Oil Spill

Oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau spoke recently at Guilford College on the need to protect the oceans. Speaking April 12 as part of Guilford’s prestigious Bryan Series, Cousteau focused on identifying the major problems facing the oceans and waterways, as well as envisioning their solutions. Cousteau identified three major problems facing water resources: habit destruction, overfishing, and
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Technology and Science

Wacom Bamboo Stylus for iPad Released Wacom Bamboo Stylus for iPad Released

A Bamboo Stylus for iPad is now available, Bamboo manufacturer Wacom announced. The new stylus enables users to write or draw on their iPad using a pen instead of their finger. Wacom’s Bamboo line offers an input device that feels and responds like a pen or pencil. Users can print or write in cursive on
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Apple iPhone Privacy Concern Response Leaves Lawmakers Leery Apple iPhone Privacy Concern Response Leaves Lawmakers Leery

After a week of silent internal investigation, Apple responded publicly Wednesday to concerns about iPhone privacy. But some federal lawmakers are unhappy with the response, saying Apple representatives “lied” to them, and the Senate plans to hold hearings scrutinizing the Apple iPhone, Google Android, and other smartphones and mobile devices. The controversy began last Wednesday
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Business and Finance

Another Closed Las Vegas Short Sale in Nevada

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Travel

Airline Passenger Protection for Lost Bags, Bumped Flights Airline Passenger Protection for Lost Bags, Bumped Flights

The US Department of Transportation announced new airline passenger protection changes Wednesday that provide increased safeguards for consumers. The new rule will require reimbursement for lost bag fees, greater compensation for bumped flights, disclosure of hidden fees, and greater prohibitions against lengthy tarmac delays. “Airline passengers have a right to be treated fairly,” said Transportation
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Business Travel Rises to Highest Peak since Recession Began Business Travel Rises to Highest Peak since Recession Began

Business travel returned to its highest level in the fourth quarter of 2010 since the recession began in 2008, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced Tuesday. Analysts viewed the development as a positive indicator for the general economy. “These are very heartening signs,” said GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick. “Business travel
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Health

National Senior Health and Fitness Day Is May 25 National Senior Health and Fitness Day Is May 25

On May 25, 2011, over 100,000 older adults at over 1,000 locations throughout the United States will participate in the 18th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Events like fitness walks, low-impact exercises, health screenings, and health information workshops will promote this year’s theme to “Make Fitness a Goal for Life!” Senior Health &
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Employee Health & Fitness Month Promotes Health at Work Employee Health & Fitness Month Promotes Health at Work

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Marketing

AVOS YouTube Founders Site Acquires Delicious from Yahoo!

Yahoo! has sold its social bookmarking site Delicious to YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Hurley and Chen announced Wednesday. The Delicious service will become part of a new Internet company called AVOS. “We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level,” said Hurley. “We see a tremendous
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Yahoo Closing Buzz Social News Site Thursday Yahoo Closing Buzz Social News Site Thursday

Yahoo announced Tuesday that it will be discontinuing its Yahoo! Buzz news site Thursday. “Yahoo! Buzz will be discontinued as of April 21, 2011,” the statement read. “As of this date, you will be unable to access the Yahoo! Buzz site. This was a hard decision. However this will help us focus on our core
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