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Tornadoes roar across southern PlainsHarden has big 4th quarter; Rockets beat Clippers 115-109 (Yahoo Sports)

A tornado passes near Halstead, Kan., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A swath of the Great Plains is under a tornado watch Wednesday, including parts of North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)Twisters overturned cars on an Oklahoma City interstate and destroyed dozens of homes.


HOUSTON, TX - MAY 06: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a three point shot late in the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Two in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night that evened their Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 117-101 loss in the opener. Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles. ''It's going to be a tough two games in a row, but we've got our mojo now.'' Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which made 42 of its 64 free throws.


Clinton event funded by controversial mining firmBurakovsky lifts Caps past Rangers 2-1 for 3-1 series lead (Yahoo Sports)

A Moroccan government-owned firm is paying $1M to host the Clinton Global Initiative.


Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), from Austria, celebrates his game winning goal during the third period of Game 4 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Back when he was 7, Andre Burakovsky tagged along to watch his father play in a professional hockey game in Sweden. The opposing goalie was none other than Henrik Lundqvist. Burakovsky, now barely 20 and an NHL rookie with the Capitals, found himself facing Lundqvist, now the goalie for the Rangers, and the kid came through in a big way Wednesday night. Burakovsky scored his first two postseason goals and Braden Holtby saved a penalty shot, giving Washington a 2-1 victory over New York for a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.


Brady's likely not innocent in deflate-gate, but no proof of guiltNFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls (Yahoo Sports)

The conclusion in the NFL's "Investigative Report Concerning Footballs Used During the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015" is damning for Tom Brady, very damning.


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 as he addresses the issue of the NFL investigation of deflated footballs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The 243-page report on ''Deflategate'' came out Wednesday and stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. It did, however, call some of his claims ''implausible'' and left little doubt that he had a role in having footballs deflated before New England's AFC title game against Indianapolis in January and probably in previous games. In his report, attorney Ted Wells said the quarterback ''was at least generally aware'' of all the plans to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. Wells said it was ''more probable than not'' that two Patriots employees - officials' locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski - executed the plan.


Baltimore asks Justice Department to investigate police practicesLate goal gives Lightning victory, 3-0 lead on Canadiens (Yahoo Sports)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch accompanied by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a work meeting at Baltimore City Hall in BaltimoreBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody. The investigation will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted a state of emergency for Baltimore on Wednesday.


Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates with left wing Ondrej Palat (18), of the Czech Republic, and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) after scoring the winning goal at the end of the third period of Game 3 of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The Lightning won 2-1.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Time was running out and the sellout crowd of 19,204 grew impatient, urging the Lightning to take one more crack at Carey Price. Tyler Johnson's only shot of the night slipped past the Montreal goaltender with 1.1 seconds remaining Wednesday night, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens and a 3-0 lead in their NHL playoff series. ''It's just a giant weight off the shoulders because overtime is fun,'' Johnson added, ''but nobody really wants to do it.'' The All-Star center scored his eighth goal of the postseason off a pass from Victor Hedman in a stunning finish for the Canadiens, who tied it midway through the third period on Brendan Gallagher's goal. Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots for Tampa Bay, 8-0 against Montreal this season.


Tornadoes hit Oklahoma City area, airport evacuatedLeBron's 33 lead Cavaliers past Bulls 106-91 in Game 2 (Yahoo Sports)
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A series of tornadoes, including a major twister, touched down southwest of Oklahoma City on Wednesday, flipping cars and causing severe flooding and the escape of bears from an exotic wildlife park, officials said. Bears briefly escaped from enclosures at an animal park after a tornado struck the city of Tuttle, about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Oklahoma City, the Grady County Sheriff's Office said. Earlier in the day, passengers, visitors and employees at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City were evacuated to a pedestrian tunnel for about 30 minutes as the storms moved through the area, the airport said. Several roads were closed because of debris, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 6: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Tony Snell #20 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James wasn't going to have a second sub-par game. James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago, beating the Bulls 106-91 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. He powered to the basket, leaving Bulls defenders in his wake and keeping the Cavs, missing two starters, from falling into a 2-0 hole. He added eight rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, which led by 25 in the third quarter and withstood a third-quarter charge by the Bulls.




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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

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