- - Sunday, April 15, 2012

NEW YORK — A New York auction house has sold an original ticket to the launch of the Titanic and a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner.

On the block Sunday at Bonhams were various items offered to mark the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. The historic ticket fetched $56,250, including the auction house premium. The menu sold for $31,250. Both went to private American buyers.

Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams’ maritime consultant, says one surprise of the auction was the comparatively low price paid for a telegraph message that read, “We have struck an iceberg.” That message - sold for $27,500 - was sent to Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic.

One important item that did not sell is a handwritten account from the captain of the Carpathia, which rescued the survivors.


OKLAHOMA

Barrage of tornadoes kills 5 in Midwest

WOODWARD — The television was tuned to forecasters’ dire warnings of an impending storm when Greg Tomlyanobich heard a short burst from a tornado siren blare early Sunday morning, just after midnight. Then silence. Then rumbling.

The 52-year-old quickly grabbed his wife and grandson, hurrying them into the emergency cellar as debris whirled around their heads at their mobile home park in northwest Oklahoma. They huddled inside with about 20 other people before the tornado - among dozens that swept across the nation’s midsection during the weekend - roared across the ground above, ripping homes from their foundations.

“It scared the hell out of me,” Mr. Tomlyanobich said.

The storm killed five people, including three children, and injured more than two dozen in Woodward, a town about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. But it was the only tornado that caused fatalities.

Many of the touchdowns raked harmlessly across isolated stretches of rural Kansas, and though communities there and in Iowa were hit, residents and officials credited days of urgent warnings from forecasters for saving lives.

FLORIDA

Vehicle smashes into supermarket; 8 hurt

PALM COAST — Authorities say a vehicle smashed through the entrance of a Florida supermarket, injuring eight customers.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debra Johnson says 76-year-old Thelma Wagenhoffer drove her car through the entrance of the Publix in Palm Coast early Saturday afternoon.

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