US News: Severe Weather - Past & Future; 3 Bizarre Murders; Firefighters Hurt

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Severe weather in parts of US... 3 senseless killings - high school student, bride

Willie Nelson honored at Austin City Limits

SEVERE WEATHER
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) -- Texas, Oklahoma and other states in the Plains and Midwest are bracing for severe storms.
Forecasters say the main threat will be from large hail and damaging wind gusts. Tornadoes are possible. The greatest chance of twisters will be Sunday in Arkansas and parts of Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Meanwhile, residents and emergency officials in eastern North Carolina are surveying the damage from multiple tornadoes that swept through the region on Friday.
Meteorologists say they have confirmed EF-2 tornadoes with winds of more than 111 mph touched down in Pitt and Beaufort (BOH'-furt) counties.
More than 200 homes were wrecked and more than a dozen people were sent to the emergency room.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL STABBING
School stabbing suspect is described as genial
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A teacher at the Connecticut high school where a student was stabbed to death says the suspect is a teenager with a good sense of humor who gave no indication of trouble.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspect, but two people who saw him taken into custody say he is 16-year-old Chris Plaskon.
Plaskon is charged with murder as a juvenile offender in Friday's slaying of fellow student Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School in Milford. An attorney for Plaskon says his client is under psychiatric evaluation.
Teacher Mark Robinson says he coached Plaskon in football for two years and describes him as funny and from a family with deep roots in the community.
Student Imani Langston says Plaskon is known for being a class clown.

Lawyer: Bride shot niece by accident after wedding
NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) -- The lawyer for a Pennsylvania bride accused of killing her niece after the wedding says the fatal shooting was an accident.
The attorney told the Beaver County Times on Saturday that 30-year-old newlywed Christina George-Harvan is "obviously completely distraught."
Police say George-Harvan, of Conway, shot 21-year-old Katelyn Francis on Thursday as they left a bar in New Brighton, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. The wedding was held earlier that day.
Police say they were arguing about who would be the designated driver when the bride grabbed a gun from her husband's truck and shot Francis, of Fairmont, W.Va.
Lawyer J. Lauson Cashdollar says George-Harvan simply tried to move the gun when it went off. She's charged with homicide and is being held without bail.

California mom arrested in baby's fatal stabbing
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) -- A police official says a young mother has been arrested in California on suspicion of stabbing her infant to death after first attempting suicide at a popular park.
Officers responding to reports of a car collision Saturday at Del Valle Regional Park east of San Francisco found the mother carrying her baby's lifeless body in her arms. The woman also had a laceration to her body.
The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1hzyVgJ ) the woman in her early 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder. Her name wasn't immediately released.
A pocket knife was found at the scene.
East Bay Regional Park District Police Chief Timothy Anderson said the woman was believed to have depression.
There were conflicting reports on the baby's age and sex. A call to Anderson wasn't immediately returned.

4 Memphis firefighters hurt when wall collapses
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials say four Memphis firefighters were rescued from a burning building after a wall collapsed on them.
Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said crews were called to a two-alarm blaze at a commercial building south of downtown Saturday afternoon. The fire sent heavy plumes of smoke into the air and created a strong odor in the area, which contains a mix of commercial and residential buildings near train tracks.
Cooke says firefighters were inside the building when an exterior wall collapsed, trapping them. Four were taken to hospitals with undisclosed injuries that Cooke said were not life-threatening.
The fire was brought under control in about a half-hour. The cause is under investigation.
Cooke said it was not immediately clear what purpose the building served.

CLIPPERS-STERLING
NBA probing alleged recording of Clippers owner
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The NBA is investigating an audio recording of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to the basketball games.
The recording was posted on TMZ's website.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league finds the audio "disturbing and offensive" and says Sterling has agreed to not attend the Clippers' game Sunday at Golden State.
Silver says the NBA will move quickly in its investigation and hopes to have it "wrapped up in the next few days."
Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterling's remarks, says he won't attend Clippers' games as long as Sterling remains the owner.
Miami Heat star LeBron James says "there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league."
Clippers President Andy Roeser says the recording doesn't reflect Sterling's beliefs and says the woman in the audio "is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million."

BEATLES-ED SULLIVAN MEMORABILIA
No sale for signed Beatles item at NYC auction
NEW YORK (AP) -- A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction.
Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said Saturday that the Dallas-based company will now try to privately broker the $800,000, 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on Feb. 9, 1964.
Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" were bought by a high-end collector who asked not to be named.
Those included a signed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" original fan club poster for $59,375 and a "Beatles Meet the Beatles!" signed stereo LP for $56,250.
Autographs from the Beatles, Ed Sullivan and Brian Epstein from the 1964 performance sold for $125,000.

MUSIC-AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Not even Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey can compete with Willie Nelson in this town.
The country music icon who already had a downtown street and 8-foot statue in his honor in Austin added a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
He was inducted by McConaughey, his friend and fellow Texan, who recently picked up his first Academy Award for best actor in "Dallas Buyers Club."
McConaughey said that without Nelson there would be no Austin City Limits. Nelson was the first performer when the show launched in 1974.
Fellow country icons Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett joined their friend Nelson on stage.


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