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Is Moore, Okla., the ‘tornado alley of tornado alley’?Kentucky overwhelms West Virginia 78-39 in NCAA Sweet 16 (Yahoo Sports)

This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of Plaza Towers Elementary School which was damaged during a May 20, 2013 tornado, in Moore, Oklahoma. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing 24 people including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)Residents are wondering why their community has been a frequent target of twisters.


Kentucky's Trey Lyles waves after the team's 78-39 win over West Virginia in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Cleveland. Kentucky advanced to face Notre Dame in the regional finals Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

Like a massive, unstoppable blue wave, Kentucky hit quickly and just kept coming. There was no escape for West Virginia, no place to hide. Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, made their 37th straight win look easy, blowing past the Mountaineers 78-39 on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. ''They were what I thought they were,'' West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask whyArizona outlasts Xavier 68-60 to reach West region finals (Yahoo Sports)

In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier)PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.


Arizona guard T.J. McConnell reacts after beating Xavier 68-60 in a college basketball regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Just when Arizona appeared to be in serious trouble against underdog Xavier, T.J. McConnell sparked his Wildcats back to the brink of the Final Four. McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday night. Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Wildcats (34-3) weathered a major scare from the Musketeers (23-14) and clamped down defensively during a game-ending 19-7 run. With its third Elite Eight berth in five years, Arizona gets another shot its first Final Four under coach Sean Miller, who led Xavier for five years until 2009.


Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East VillageTop-seeded Wisconsin hangs on to beat North Carolina 79-72 (Yahoo Sports)
Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East VillageA building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky, left, and teammate forward Sam Dekker react after beating North Carolina 79-72 in a college basketball regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game. It looked like a repeat of the Big Ten Conference title game, when the Badgers were left for road kill against Michigan State before coming back to win in overtime. The top-seeded Badgers again proved their grit, rallying in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. Sam Dekker had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kaminsky added 19 and Nigel Hayes 12 to send Wisconsin (34-3) into the West Regional final Saturday against No. 2 seed Arizona, which beat sixth-seeded Xavier 68-60.


New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurtNotre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight spot (Yahoo Sports)
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, injuring 19 people, authorities said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion. A Fire Department spokesman said late on Thursday that three of the four buildings had collapsed or partially collapsed. A New York police spokesman there were no reports of anyone missing.

Notre Dame players celebrate after an 81-70 win over Wichita State in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Momentum sagging and Wichita State surging, Mike Brey called time out and offered his Notre Dame players a reminder. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and third-seeded Notre Dame blitzed the Shockers in the second half of a surprisingly easy 81-70 victory Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinal to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years. The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) over the final 20 minutes, overwhelming the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) with a barrage of 3-pointers, expert cuts to the basket and enough fancy passing to fill an And-One mixtape. The 38-18 burst that turned a tight game into something else entirely came after Wichita State took its first and only lead on a layup by Darius Carter with 16:37 to go.


Police settle suit over use of tear gas during Missouri protestsProspect Randy Gregory: I failed drug tests (Yahoo Sports)
(Reuters) - Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to restrict the use of tear gas as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that officers used heavy-handed tactics to quell protests in Ferguson after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen. The settlement requires police to warn demonstrators and give them reasonable time to disperse before using tear gas or other chemical agents in response to non-criminal activity. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the case formally on Thursday, but retained jurisdiction through 2017 to enforce the settlement terms. Sometimes violent protests followed the shooting in August of Michael Brown, 18, during a confrontation with Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson and a grand jury's decision in November not to indict Wilson.

FILE - In a Sept. 6, 2014, file photo then-Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory wears street clothes before an NCAA college football game against McNeese State in Lincoln, Neb. Randy Gregory says he's tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year. Gregory disclosed his marijuana use in an interview with NFL Media on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Gregory went into February's scouting combine projected to be among the top 10 picks (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year. Gregory disclosed his marijuana use in an interview with NFL Media on Wednesday. Gregory went into February's scouting combine projected to be among the top 10 picks in the draft. He declared for the draft after his junior season at Nebraska, where he recorded 17 1/2 sacks in two seasons.




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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

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