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Allstate: Tornadoes caused $1.4 billion in losses

NORTHBROOK — Allstate Corp. said Thursday that the tornadoes that ripped through the South led to an estimated $1.4 billion in catastrophe losses last month.

The home and auto insurer said the losses include 13 natural disasters in the U.S. and Canada. But the largest losses came from tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Virginia in the last week of April.

More than 100,000 claims have been reported so far in these areas, the company said.


Police: Man who tried entering Army base caught

ROLLA — A 31-year-old Missouri man has been arrested after a four-hour, 40-mile police pursuit that began when he reportedly tried to break into an Army base Thursday morning before firing on police who pursued him and then crashing a vehicle at a nearby university.

Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse said that a state Highway Patrol trooper took Cody N. Willcoxson, of South West City, into custody Thursday afternoon, hours after they say he tried sneaking into nearby Fort Leonard Wood using a fake ID. His motives for attempting to enter the military installation were not clear.

Willcoxson was bleeding and may have been shot in the arm or hand, but otherwise no one was hurt, Chief Kearse said.

Willcoxson was released from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 2008 after serving about 3 1/2 years for burglary, escaping from jail, and other felonies.


Wild horses not wildlife under law

CARSON CITY — Wild horses — symbols of the American West that receive protections from the federal government — would have less standing than mollusks when it comes to Nevada water law under a measure that seeks to deny mustangs and burros status as wild animals.

The six lines contained in the measure define the term “wildlife” as “any wild mammal, wild bird, fish, reptile amphibian, mollusk or crustacean found naturally in a wild state, whether indigenous to Nevada or not and whether raised in captivity of not. The term does not include any wild horse or burro.”

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