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PENNSYLVANIA: Cops: Mom poisons woman

An elderly woman in northeastern Pennsylvania is accused of poisoning her son's girlfriend with juice laced with antifreeze in an effort to keep her away from money he was getting from a natural gas company. Helen Lucy Galli, 79, of Wyoming, Pa., was charged Friday with felony aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. State police in Luzerne County allege that she gave the juice to Dawn Simyan, 41, of Pittston, who was taken to a hospital in April and found to have kidney failure due to ingestion of ethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze.

LOUISIANA: Deadly twister hits town

A suspected tornado slammed a Southwestern Louisiana town Saturday, killing a woman and injuring 11 other people. More than 100 homes were damaged, many of them destroyed, authorities said, and about 1,500 people were evacuated because of natural gas leaks. The 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house, said Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish sheriff. Debris was littered throughout Rayne, the town of about 8,500 people, after a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area and left behind a swath of damage about a quarter of a mile wide to three miles long.

WEST VIRGINIA: A request to honor vet

The daughter of the longest-living American to serve in World War I urged lawmakers to let her father, Frank Buckles, lie in the Capitol Rotunda to honor all the war's veterans. "If we lost the opportunity to bestow this highest of honors on the person who was the last surviving representative, there can be no making it up later," Susannah Buckles Flanagan wrote in a statement to The Associated Press. Buckles died Feb. 27 at age 110. Leaders in Washington have been divided over how to best honor Buckles and the 4.7 million other Americans who served during the war. West Virginia lawmakers want to see him lie in the Capitol Rotunda, and are upset with House and Senate leaders who have objected.


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