Tornado leaves 2
in critical condition

An apparent tornado near midtown Tulsa on Sunday injured more than a dozen people, including two with life-threatening injuries, knocked out power to thousands of customers, heavily damaged businesses and blew debris through the streets.

No deaths were reported after the storm, which struck shortly after 1 a.m., city spokeswoman Kim Meloy said.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Kelli Bruer said 13 people were taken to hospitals: eight from a T.G.I. Fridays restaurant, four from a Whataburger restaurant, and one person who was in the area.

— Associated Press

Reservation shooting involved drugs, gangs

Drugs and gang activity were factors in a residential shooting that killed three people and injured two others on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation, the tribe’s chairman said.

Friday’s shootings in the town of Lodge Grass involved methamphetamine, Crow Tribal Chairman Alvin Not Afraid Jr. said. He did not elaborate, the Billings Gazette reported Sunday.

“Drugs have a devastating effect on our communities, and yesterday’s incident is a reminder of that,” Not Afraid told local news media Saturday.

Investigators did not say whether anyone was being sought in connection with the shootings. Lodge Grass is a town of just more than 400 people about 65 miles southeast of Billings.

Terry Bullis, the Big Horn County coroner, on Sunday released the names of those who were killed: Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27; Nomee’s wife, Denise Stewart Nomee, 25; and Nehemiah Brokenrope, 30.

— Associated Press

Downpour overwhelms pump stations: Parts of New Orleans flooded after a heavy weekend rainfall that officials said overwhelmed the city’s pump stations. NOLA.com reported that city officials said Sunday that some areas received eight to 10 inches of rain over a few hours Saturday. That was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board’s 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

Boys electrocuted while sailing: Two Texas Boy Scouts were killed and another was critically hurt when their sailboat hit an overhead power line and apparently electrocuted the youths, authorities said. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department said the accident happened Saturday afternoon at Lake O’ the Pines near Avinger, 150 miles east of Dallas. Agency spokesman Steve Lightfoot said Sunday that Boy Scouts ages 18 and 16 died at the scene, while an 11-year-old was critically injured and hospitalized in Shreveport, La. Their names weren’t immediately released.

Ohio ride fell apart due to corrosion: Excessive corrosion on a support beam caused the “catastrophic failure” of a thrill ride on July 26 at the Ohio State Fair that killed an 18-year-old man and injured seven others, the ride’s Dutch manufacturer, KMG, said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook. The company said the spinning-and-swinging ride, called the Fire Ball, was 18 years old. Tyler Jarrell died of blunt-force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart.

Man on trial for allegedly abusing dog: A man charged with abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized is heading to trial nearly four years after the animal that came to be known as Puppy Doe was found barely alive on a playground. Radoslaw Czerkawski faces animal cruelty charges in the trial scheduled to start Tuesday in Massachusetts.

Heatstroke deaths of children were homicides: Autopsies show that two North Texas toddlers died of heatstroke after, investigators allege, their mother left them in her hot car for several hours to teach them a lesson. A medical examiner determined that the deaths of Juliet Ramirez, 2, and Cavanaugh Ramirez, 1, of Weatherford were homicides. Parker County records show that the mother, Cynthia Randolph, was arrested in June and remains jailed. Officials said that Randolph originally said her children locked themselves in her car. Temperatures were in the 90s. According to an arrest affidavit, Randolph later said her daughter refused to get out of the car, so she locked both toddlers inside to teach them a lesson, thinking they would exit on their own.

— From news services