June 1, 2013

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Midwest Pummeled by Thunderstorms

9 are reported dead

Emergency officials are assessing the damage caused by another burst of thunderstorms and tornadoes that took at least five lives and injured 75 people across the Midwest Friday.

Bearing down on Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the storms toppled cars and left commuters trapped on an interstate highway. One tornado tossed a Weather Channel storm chaser truck nearly 200 yards before slamming it to the ground, though the passengers escaped with minor injuries.

Storms in Missouri and Arkansas caused considerable property damage and flooding. Three people went missing early Friday and three others were reported killed in flooding near Y City, Arkansas, 125 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas.

While Friday's storm didn't match the fury of the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, 11 days ago, they dumped around 7 inches of rain, making the tornadoes difficult to spot and leading to severe flooding in areas.

"Some tornadoes are wrapped in rain, so it's basically impossible to see, which is extremely dangerous," Bruce Thoren, a meteorologist with National Weather Service told The New York Times. "Somebody driving along really not familiar with what's going on can basically drive into it."

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Russian Cat Theater Reopens

Features more than 20 performing felines

A Russian circus family reopened Moscow's famed cat theater. In a typical show, cats will skateboard around stage and may even be found balancing on spinning plates. Founded just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the theater, run by clown Yuri Kuklachev and his sons, Dmitry and Vladimir, recently reopened following major renovations.

"With cats, each show is an improvisation," Yuri Kuklachev's younger son, Vladimir, told AFP. "Some cats enjoy the stage, they love it when we watch them attentively, while others do not like noise or lights and sit motionless," he added.

Yuri, a legendary clown, began training cats to set himself apart from the clown competition and opened the theater in 1990. It is not the only animal theater in Moscow. The Durov animal theater features a performing raccoon, ravens, and mice who run on a miniature railway.

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