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Supreme Court curbs reliance on IQ scores for execution eligibility

Chloe McCall Gonzales

May 27, 2014

MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whether a...

Federal forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

Alicia Balog

May 27, 2014

MEGHAN BARR Associated Press NEW YORK — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an anticipated El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they urged Americans to be prepared and warned...

Scripps Spelling Bee contestants foster friendships

Rebekah Wahlberg

May 27, 2014

JOSEPH WHITE Associated Press OXON HILL, Md. — Under the shady trees near the barbecue line at the annual spellers’ picnic, one contestant in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was inducted into The Order of the Squ...

North Dakota tornado injures 9, destroys trailer camp

Alicia Balog

May 27, 2014

  JOSH WOOD Associated Press WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A rare North Dakota tornado that critically injured a 15-year-old girl and hurt eight other people at a workers’ camp in the heart of the state’s booming oil patch packed winds that peaked at 120 mph, the ...

5 facts for the 2014 hurricane season

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

The Associated Press  Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into extreme weather systems to study how storms strengthen and better predict a...

Drones could improve forecasts of hurricane strength

Chloe McCall Gonzales

May 27, 2014

JENNIFER KAY Associated Press MIAMI — The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts, but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summ...

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