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10 for today: Monday, April 28

10 for today: Monday, April 28

DEADLY TWISTERS:Travel trailers and motor homes are piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV in Mayflower, Ark., Sunday, April 27 .A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning tornadoes. Photo: Associated Press/Danny Johnston

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. TORNADOES RIP THROUGH CENTRAL, SOUTHERN U.S.

At least 17 people are dead in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma in a violent kick-start to the nation’s twister season.

2. U.S. TO LEVY NEW RUSSIA SANCTIONS

Obama says the United States will levy new sanctions on Russian individuals and companies in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged provocations in Ukraine.

3. EGYPT SENTENCES MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SPIRITUAL LEADER, HUNDREDS TO DEATH

A court issues preliminary death sentences against 683 alleged supporters of the ousted president and his Islamist group.

4. PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE U.S. REACH A MILESTONE

Grades for U.S. graduation rates now in “B” range as 80 percent of students, on average, receive diplomas.

5. A NEW PHASE IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE

After the initial area is completely combed without yielding a single clue, a second phase begins, expanding the underwater search.

6. WHAT INVESTIGATORS ARE FOCUSING ON IN KOREA’S FERRY DISASTER

The official probe of the accident is now focusing on what the coast guard did after learning that the ship was sinking.

7. WHO IS VOTING EARLY IN IRAQ

One million police and security personnel are casting their votes two days before the rest of the 22 million registered in the country’s first national elections since the U.S. withdrawal.

8. NEW NBA COMMISSIONER FACES FIRST CRISIS

Adam Silver’s priority is verifying that it is Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s voice caught on tape making racist comments.

9. WHERE A NEW NYC TUNNEL IS LEADING

Nowhere, for the time being. The $185 million concrete access trench could connect to two new railway lines under the Hudson River, eventually.

10. VATICAN DECLARES JOHN PAUL II, JOHN XXIII SAINTS

In a rare celebration, two living popes lead the Catholic Church in canonizing two of its most-loved modern pontiffs.

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