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Courtney Loveless, 15, carries her grandmother's cat, rescued in Arkansas.
Courtney Loveless, 15, carries her grandmother's cat, rescued in Arkansas. (By Mike Wintroath -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tornadoes Kill Dozens

Deadly tornadoes tore across the South the past two days, killing at least 50 people.

There were unconfirmed reports of more than 60 tornadoes. They cut a wide path from Mississippi and Alabama north into Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. More than 150 people were injured.

Several dorms were destroyed or damaged at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. About 50 students were treated at the local hospital.

In Memphis, Tennessee, the roof was blown off a mall, and some people who sought shelter under a bridge were washed into the Wolf River. They were rescued.

From the Throat of Fire

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock, gas and ash yesterday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of villagers.

Tungurahua, which means "Throat of Fire" in the Quichua language, last erupted in 2006.

A Wealth of Information

Concerned about a high dropout rate in his schools, a small-town Spanish mayor wants to pay kids to study.

Mayor Agustin Jimenez wants to give every child in the farming town of Noblejas a euro -- about $1.50 in U.S. money -- for each hour spent reading at the library.

A recent study found that Spanish students were among the worst readers in Europe.

Surf's Up for This Kitty

Forget what you've heard about cats and water. In Lima, Peru, there is a least one cat who doesn't mind getting wet.

Nicolasa, a 4-month-old tortoiseshell kitten, has been trained to ride a surfboard with professional surfer Domingo Pianezzi.


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