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Deadly Nebraska storms...Fire spreads...SARS milestone

Deshler, Nebraska-AP -- At least one person is dead in Nebraska after severe storms unleashed at least seven tornadoes and baseball-sized hail. The storm damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked down trees and power lines in and around Deshler, about 75 miles southwest of Lincoln.

(Summerhaven, Arizona-AP) -- Just when they thought they were on offense, firefighters in Arizona are back on defense against a more than eleven-thousand acre wildfire. The wind-whipped blaze exploded across the treetops of Mount Lemmon Sunday, forcing the evacuation of a youth camp. More than 250 homes have been lost.

(Bradenton, Florida-AP) -- Emergency shelters are empty now as hundreds of flood-threatened Florida residents have gone home. Earlier Sunday, emergency officials urged the evacuation of more than 600 homes near Lake Manatee after a flood gate jammed on a dam. It's open now.

(Hong Kong-AP) -- Hong Kong still needs to keep its guard up against possible future outbreaks of SARS. With that warning, the World Health Organization has removed Hong Kong from its list of SARS-infected areas. The move was expected after three weeks with no new infections.

(Undated-AP) -- The fate of Saddam Hussein and his sons remains a hot topic. The Observer newspaper of London reports American experts are doing D-N-A tests on remains from a convoy the U-S attacked near the Syrian border. Jordan's king tells A-B-C it's believed Saddam and at least one son are alive.

(Gaza City, Gaza Strip-AP) -- A Hamas reply to a Mideast cease-fire initiative could reportedly come as soon as today. An Israeli newspaper quotes a Hamas leader. Meantime, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other diplomats continue efforts to salvage the road map peace plan.

(Fort Worth, Texas-AP) -- A Texas woman goes on trial today for allegedly leaving a man to die -- embedded in the windshield of her car after it hit him. Chante Mallard could get life if convicted of murder. Two friends who helped dump Gregory Biggs' body will testify against her as part of a plea deal.

(Phoenix-AP) -- Roman Catholics in Phoenix say they like what their new leader has to say about their troubles. Archbishop Michael Sheehan promises to be "an instrument of reconciliation." The diocese has been rocked by the sex abuse scandal and the arrest of the former bishop in a fatal hit-and-run.

(Sacramento, California-AP) -- A meeting of agriculture officials from around the world has drawn hundreds of protesters to Sacramento, California. U-S officials plan to pitch advances in genetically engineered agriculture. Protesters oppose genetically altered foods.

(Camarillo, California-AP) -- The price of gasoline has sneaked upward a bit. The latest Lundberg Survey blames tighter crude oil supplies and scattered refinery glitches. The average self-service price of all grades is about a dollar, 54 cents a gallon -- up less than a penny.

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