Wessington Springs, S.D.
tornado rips through town in South Dakota
The National Weather Service says a tornado has hit the small central South Dakota town of Wessington Springs. Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says law enforcement reported the tornado went right "through the heart of town" just before 8 p.m. Heitkamp says homes and businesses were damaged. A hospital spokeswoman says one patient in good condition is being treated. Gov. Dennis Daugaard tweeted that he sent 100 South Dakota National Guard soldiers and equipment to the town. Tornadoes also touched down outside the towns of Woonsocket and Alpena.
Lawyers: Move bomb trial to D.C.
Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked to have his trial moved to Washington, D.C. The lawyers say in a motion filed Wednesday their preliminary survey of the attitudes of potential jurors in Boston, Springfield, Mass., New York City and Washington found Washington would be the most favorable location for the trial, scheduled for November.
Social Security closes 64 offices
Budget cuts have forced the Social Security Administration to close 64 field offices since 2010 even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, swamping the agency with applications for benefits, a senior agency official told Congress on Wednesday. Better Internet access and more online services are easing the transition, said Nancy Berryhill, deputy commissioner for operations.
Felipe ascends to Spanish throne
Crown Prince Felipe ascended to the Spanish throne at midnight Wednesday with no ritzy official celebrations. The economic crisis that has left a quarter of Spaniards out of work prompted Europe's newest king to be relatively frugal at his proclamation. Felipe's father, 76-year-old Juan Carlos, misjudged public anger at financial hardship when he went on an elephant-hunting safari in Africa. Felipe, 46, appears keen to show he's more in tune with his countrymen.