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House To Vote On Next Budget; Deadly Midwest Tornado

Now that the federal budget for the current fiscal year is headed for President Obama's desk, the House is preparing to vote on next year's budget. The blueprint, prepared by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has already been criticized by the President and Congressional Democrats for its re-working of Medicare and severe cuts to domestic programs. Ryan told AP the biggest threat to Medicare is the people who defend its status quo.

At least four people died when powerful storms and a tornado crashed through Oklahoma and Arkansas. The AP says the tornado devastated the small town of Tushka, Okla., killing two people. Two more people died in Arkansas when the storms overturned a tree on top of a house.

The UN War Crimes Court convicted two Croatian military leaders for war atrocities committed against Serbians during the war in the Balkans in 1995. The BBC says the UN tribunal sentenced Ante Gotovina to 24 years in prison and Mladen Markac to 18 years in jail for their roles in ethnic cleansing, persecution and murders.

The Japanese company that runs the damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactors will compensate some victims. NHK says TEPCO is offering $12,000 to each family living within 18 miles of the complex.

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