National Briefs: Storm system wreaks havoc

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning several tornadoes, including one that killed two people in a small northeastern Oklahoma city and another that carved a path of destruction through several northern suburbs of Little Rock, Ark.

The tornado that killed two people in Quapaw struck the city at around 5:30 p.m., Colleen Thompson, Ottawa County sheriff's dispatcher, said.

Joe Dan Morgan, Ottawa County Emergency Management director, said Quapaw, which has about 900 residents, was heavily damaged by the tornado.

Toyota HQ moves to Texas

LOS ANGELES -- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans.

The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market.

North American chief executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees today, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Bill protects free condoms

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York City spends more than a million dollars every year to distribute free condoms to combat unintended pregnancies and diseases such as AIDS. Yet city police are allowed to confiscate those very condoms as evidence of prostitution.

That conflict is behind the latest legislative proposal to make New York the first state to prohibit condoms -- specifically the existence of multiple condoms -- from being used as evidence in prostitution cases, a widespread practice that advocates say undermines decades of public health goals.

Legislation to formally abolish the practice across New York state has so far fallen flat. The New York Police Department has long opposed the bill but said Friday it was taking a look at its policy.

Judges violate ethics law

WASHINGTON -- More than a dozen federal appeals court judges have violated federal conflict-of-interest laws over the past three years, throwing into doubt decisions in 26 cases, according to an analysis from a watchdog group.

The Center for Public Integrity, in a report being released today, found 24 cases in which judges ruled despite owning stock in a company appearing before them. In two other cases, the judges had financial ties to law firms representing one of the parties.

When informed of the conflicts, all 16 judges sent letters to the parties involved in the cases, disclosing the violations. Several judges said their failure to withdraw from the cases was an oversight, the report said.

Doctor testifies in war court

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- An Army psychiatrist testified Sunday that Guantanamo doctors, with no government account of what the CIA did to the accused USS Cole bomber, offered the captive a range of treatments for his mental health problems.

The doctor said the man awaiting a death-penalty trial didn't agree to any kind of therapy and since participation was essential, it never happened.

Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, 49, was interrogated with a waterboard and power drill and subjected to a mock execution. But the doctor testified that medical records he consulted provided no CIA detention history on any of his patients.


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