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Storms saturate Midwest

Flooding forced some people from their homes Monday in western Ohio and others piled sandbags after the latest in a series of storms poured heavy rain on already drenched ground.

A line of strong thunderstorms rolled across northern Illinois, southern Michigan and northern Indiana on Monday, with wind gusts up to 70 mph in Illinois' McHenry County. The same states were pummeled by weekend storms that knocked out power and flooded roads.

More showers and thunderstorms are possible through today, the National Weather Service said.

Mother of drowned twin charged with murder

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A mother was charged Monday with murder and attempted murder for allegedly throwing her twin sons into the Mississippi River on the Fourth of July, then leaping in herself.

Naomi Gaines, 24, was charged with murder in the death of Sincere Understanding Allah, and with the attempted murder of his brother, Supreme Knowledge Allah, who survived the 75-foot fall and was pulled from the water by the same onlooker who rescued Gaines.

Elsewhere . . .

BISHOP PLEADS INNOCENT IN HIT-RUN: Bishop Thomas O'Brien, the former head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, pleaded innocent Monday to a felony charge in a fatal hit-and-run accident. O'Brien was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident two days after pedestrian Jim Reed, 43, was found on a street near the bishop's home.

S.C. MAN FIRST WEST NILE CASE THIS YEAR: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Monday that an elderly South Carolina man has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first human case reported this year. The mosquito-borne disease, which struck at least 4,150 people in the United States last year and killed 284, infected the man while he was fishing in late May.

NOW YOU CAN REGISTER FOR DO-NOT-CALL LIST BY PHONE: Consumers living east of the Mississippi River can fight back against telemarketing calls by making a call of their own to the national do-not-call list. In addition to, available since June 27, consumers may now dial toll-free 1-888-382-1222. People had registered nearly 17-million phone numbers by Thursday, the last day for which figures were available from the Federal Trade Commission.