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Tornado caused at least $150-million in damage

The deadly tornado that unexpectedly tore through this city's downtown left behind at least $150-million in damage, Mayor Deedee Corradini estimated Friday.

The twister Wednesday killed one man and destroyed five houses and damaged 180 others.

On Friday, Gov. Mike Leavitt asked the president for a disaster declaration to cover $8.3-million _ much less than the total estimated damage because federal rules limit aid largely to uninsured property and government expenses.

John Kainrad, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response and recovery official for the storm, said nearly all of the damaged homes are insured.

Kainrad said the president likely would act on Utah's request in the next several days.

Eleven people still were hospitalized Friday, two in critical condition.

15 accused of running 24-state prostitution ring

MINNEAPOLIS _ Nine people were arrested in what the FBI and local police say was a family-run prostitution ring that snared at least 50 young women and girls from across the Midwest, some as young as 14.

After a two-year investigation, authorities on Thursday unsealed a 44-count federal indictment accusing 12 members of the Minneapolis-based "Evans family," and three associates, of crimes ranging from money laundering to illegal transport of minors.

Agents described a 17-year-old family-run organization with influence in 24 states and Ontario, Canada. Five people remained at large on Friday; police seized five homes and six luxury cars.

The indictment said five brothers and seven nephews, ranging in age from their early 50s to age 20, worked in the Evans "family business."

Authorities say that since 1982 the organizers had recruited girls, mostly between 14 and 18 years old and mostly from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and employed them under fake names in escort services and massage parlors nationwide.

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