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Missouri’s capital took a direct hit from a violent tornado that sent debris 13,000 feet into the air:

A violent tornado in Missouri caught sleeping residents off guard late Wednesday night, as a series of storms continued to bring chaos across the state, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., a powerful tornado known as a “Wedge Tornado” — one in which the funnel is wider than it is tall — was observed over Jefferson City. It moved at 40 mph and sent debris 13,000 feet into the air, according to the National Weather Service.
A tornado emergency was issued for the state’s capital, the NWS said.

Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of public safety, told CNN early Thursday morning that he took shelter in a closet in Jefferson City.
More than 150 miles southwest, three people died Wednesday night in Golden City, Missouri, and several others in Carl Junction were injured, according to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

Mario Batali faces criminal charge in alleged Boston groping incident:

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge in Boston after a woman reported that he groped her in March 2017.

Batali is facing an indecent assault and battery charge in connection with an alleged incident on March 31, 2017 at a restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday in an email.
The celebrity chef is expected to be arraigned on Friday at Boston Municipal Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.
The law firm representing Batali could not be immediately reached late Wednesday.

Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds:

Your diet may have more impact on your cancer risk than you might think, a new study has found.

An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study, published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum on Wednesday.
“This is equivalent to about 5.2% of all invasive cancer cases newly diagnosed among US adults in 2015,” said Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University in Boston, who was first author of the study.

Oregon State student dies in fall while taking photos at a scenic overlook:

An Oregon State University student died Sunday after falling approximately 100 feet while taking photographs at a scenic coastal viewpoint along Highway 101, according to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim has been identified by Oregon State officials as 21-year-old Michelle Casey. She was seriously injured when she slipped and fell while taking pictures at Neahkahnie Mountain, according to CNN affiliate KPTV.

What you missed on ABC’s live version of ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’:

Timeless is the word that comes to mind when watching modern-day actors read words Norman Lear and his staff of television writers penned 45 years ago.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” was a risky feat, certainly.
Success was found, however, mostly because the episodes chosen to be recreated could have, with minor adjustments, been made yesterday.
In the “All in the Family” episode, which aired first, the Bunkers played host to the Jefferson family after Edith (Marisa Tomei) accidentally volunteered to have her home be the site of a going away party.

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