Storms hit northwest Missouri
ORRICK, Mo. (AP) -- Heavy storms spawning at least one tornado are sweeping across northwest Missouri, damaging homes and power lines. No injuries were immediately reported.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in the Kansas City area says a confirmed tornado that was part of a supercell storm hit the Ray County town of Orrick on Saturday evening.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg says no injuries had been reported after the tornado hit Orrick, a town of about 800 residents northeast of Kansas City. Stosberg says emergency crews were checking the area.
The National Weather Service says there is also a strong indication based on eyewitness reports and radar that a second tornado touched down just north of Marshall, in Saline County.
Several severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for the Missouri and Kansas region.
ARIZONA PLANE CRASH
PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a small plane carrying French tourists crashed while attempting to land at an airport in northern Arizona and one person was killed and another hospitalized.
Page Police Capt. Ray Varner says the single-engine plane was carrying seven people when it hit the ground and flipped over in windy conditions Saturday afternoon near the airport runway in Page.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Cessna 207 crashed 400 to 500 feet short of the tarmac.
Varner says one passenger died after being rushed to a hospital, while another was hospitalized in apparent stable condition.
Four others received hospital treatment for minor injuries and were released, while the seventh person was unhurt.
Varner says cause of the crash is being investigated.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Law enforcement officers from as far away as Florida are mourning the loss of two Alaska state troopers killed earlier this month in a remote village while trying to make an arrest.
A memorial for Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich began with a procession and a drum cadence at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks on Saturday.
Col. James Cockrell, head of the Alaska State Troopers, says Johnson and Rich touched many lives during their careers, and their deaths will strengthen the bonds between law-enforcement officers.
A Fairbanks grand jury on Thursday indicted 20-year-old Nathanial "Satch" Kangas on two counts of first-degree murder in the May 1 deaths Johnson and Rich, who were assigned to rural law enforcement in 23 remote communities. The officers had flown to Tanana to arrest Kangas' father.
HEARNE, Texas (AP) -- Officials in a small Central Texas town have decided to fire a police officer who shot and killed an armed 93-year-old woman during a confrontation at her home.
The city council unanimously voted Saturday to fire Officer Stephen Stem, who shot and killed Pearlie Golden on Tuesday, KBTX-TV reports. The vote took less than 30 minutes.
Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez had told demonstrators he would recommend Stem's dismissal.
Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
Golden's nephew, Roy Jones, told KBTX-TV on Friday that his aunt became upset when she was denied a driver's license renewal, and she armed herself.
Jones says he called 911 and his aunt fired two shots before the officer shot her.
Stem's attorney has said his client's actions were justified.
LODI, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a New Jersey man fatally stabbed his estranged wife, then fled to South Carolina with the couple's two sons.
The Bergen County Prosecutor's office says a concerned family member called police to request a welfare check on 39-year-old Tracy Jordan. Responding police found Jordan dead of multiple stab wounds at her Lodi home Friday night.
Prosecutors say police then learned that Jordan's estranged husband, 47-year-old John Robert Jordan, had taken their young sons out of school.
Authorities say Jordan was arrested early Saturday after arriving at a relative's home in Greenville, South Carolina, in Tracy Jordan's car. The couple's 7- and 8-year-old sons were found unharmed.
John Jordan has been charged with murder and possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He remains in custody in South Carolina.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- The Boulder County Sheriff's Department has identified the chemical that sickened at least three dogs in Gunbarrel as an ingredient commonly used in pesticides and rodent poisons.
Investigators said Friday that the chemical was brodifacoum (broh-DYE'-fah-koom).
It was placed in up to eight meatballs that were first found in mid-April in a park popular with dog owners in Gunbarrel, just north of Boulder.
Deputies are still investigating, but no arrests have been made.
A reward for information now stands at more than $4,600.
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Five cows that went on the lam are back home in upstate New York thanks to a quick-thinking emergency dispatcher and a Facebook post.
State police say the cows were spotted Saturday wandering along State Route 2 in Grafton, about 20 miles northeast of Albany.
They say troopers corralled the "feisty" creatures into a yard until a Rensselaer County dispatcher figured out where they belonged.
The dispatcher saw a Facebook post from the family of a farmer asking if anyone had seen their missing cattle.
Authorities contacted the farmer and the cows were returned safely.
5.8 earthquake felt in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt in Alaska.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 7:16 a.m. PDT on Saturday and was centered about 19 miles northwest of Anchor Point in the Cook Inlet region.
However, the quake was felt in East Anchorage, causing some items on shelves to rattle for a bit. Anchorage is about 110 miles from Anchor Point.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
USGS says there is no tsunami danger.
OIL TRAIN ACCIDENT
LASALLE, Colo. (AP) -- The Union Pacific Railroad says 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday.
A railroad spokeswoman said cleanup operations were still underway Saturday. State officials say the spill was contained to a ditch and didn't reach the nearby South Platte River.
The railroad says the contaminated soil will be removed and replaced with clean soil.
Six of the 100 cars in a crude oil train derailed west of LaSalle, about 45 miles north of Denver. One car leaked.
Three cars were empty and have been moved. Two-thirds of the oil in another car had been removed by Saturday and another was still full.
REMOTE SUB LOST
WOODS HOLE, Mass. (AP) -- A remote-controlled research sub exploring some of the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean has been lost.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution says the Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle Nereus was lost during its six-mile dive to the Kermadec Trench on Friday. The sub was being operated as part of the Hadal Ecosystems Studies (HADES) Program funded by the National Science Foundation.
The hadal zone is the name given to the deepest depths of the ocean, named for the underworld of Greek mythology. The Kermadec Trench is the fifth-deepest in the world, about 75 miles off the coast of New Zealand.
Woods Hole science editor Ken Kostel called the loss of Nereus a "body blow" but the research team will continue their work to learn more about "a place that does not give up its secrets easily."
PUBLIC LANDS-UTAH SHOWDOWN
Dozens of protesters ride in off-limits UT canyon
(AP) -- Authorities say dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday in a peaceful protest against what the group calls the federal government's overreaching control of public lands.
The San Juan County sheriff says from 40 to 50 people drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon near Blanding and then turned around.
Recapture Canyon, about 300 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, is home to dwellings, artifacts and burials left behind by Ancestral Puebloans as many as 2,000 years ago before they mysteriously vanished.
Bureau of Land Management Utah State Director Juan Palma says the riders may have damaged artifacts and dwellings that "tell the story of the first farmers in the Four Corners region" of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
Palma says the agency will pursue "all available redress through the legal system" to hold them accountable.