2 die as tornadoes rake western and central Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo.

2 found dead as tornadoes rake Kansas, Okla.

Authorities checking on a car stranded in a field Saturday morning found two people killed by a powerful storm that raked the state a day earlier with at least 17 tornadoes. The Friday storm destroyed several buildings and injured at least six people, including one hospitalized in serious condition in Wichita, authorities said. Several tornadoes also touched down in northwestern Oklahoma. Many were caught on television and appeared to dissipate after touching down. There were no immediate reports of injuries in Oklahoma.

Windsor, Colo.: Hundreds of residents were allowed to return Saturday to their homes in this farming town, which was ravaged by a large tornado on Thursday.

LOS ANGELES

3 killed, 3 injured in helicopter crash

A tour helicopter crashed in rainy weather on an island off the Southern California coast Saturday morning, killing three people and injuring three others, a county sheriff's deputy said. The helicopter went down on the west end of Santa Catalina Island, causing a small fire that was quickly doused, authorities said. Helicopters airlifted two women and a man to mainland hospitals. Two of the injured were in critical condition, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The crash killed two men and one woman immediately, said fire officials. Their identities were not released. The Eurocopter AS 350 chopper was a private tour aircraft from Island Express, Deputy Chuck Upton said.

GILROY, Calif.

Battle against wildfire continues

Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and calmer winds Saturday as they continued to fight a persistent wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has chewed through acres of centuries-old redwoods, destroyed at least 17 homes and displaced hundreds of people. Almost 2,000 residents remained under evacuation orders — more than 450 of them mandatory — while more than 3,000 personnel and a swarm of air tankers, helicopters and fire engines were deployed to the area, said Dave Shew, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

MASON, Ohio

Robbie Knievel jumps 24 trucks

Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel successfully jumped over 24 delivery trucks at the site of one of his father's most famous stunts. Knievel had said he would be going 95 miles per hour during the jump, which he completed Saturday night to wild cheers at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati. Evel Knievel jumped 14 buses there in 1975. He died last year after suffering from failing health for many years. He was 69.

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2 die as tornadoes rake western and central Kansas 05/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:34pm]

    

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