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The latest headlines.

BILL WOLFF: This is NPR.

MARK GARRISON: Thanks, Mike. Former rivals, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met last night to talk about the future. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.

SCOTT HORSLEY: Barack Obama had been scheduled to fly home to Chicago Thursday night. Instead, he and Hillary Clinton huddled for a private meeting. A joint statement afterwards said they had a productive discussion about the important work ahead for the Democratic Party. Obama, who clinched his party's denomination this week said he'll be reaching out to Clinton's supporters.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois): She ran a magnificent campaign. She inspired millions of people. She inspired the best from me, and we are going to be working together to win in November.

HORSLEY: In an email message to supporters, Clinton said she plans to announce her formal support for Obama tomorrow.

GARRISON: NPR's Scott Horsley reporting. Wild fires are tearing through Western Texas. At least 35,000 acres have burned. High winds have fanned the flames, but fire fighters expect lower wins today which will make their job easier. They had more than half it contained as of last night. Fire fighters like a good hard rain, but in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota they are getting rain a lot more, and they are ready for a break. Frank Morris of member station KCUR has the story of the nasty storms there.

FRANK MORRIS: Tornados fired across much of the region ripping up buildings, power lines and farm equipment. Interstate 29 in Northern Missouri was closed after a twister toppled semi trucks. Hurricane force straight line winds battered parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Heavy rains sparked flash foods and drove the Missouri and smaller streams over their banks. A tornado near tiny Wakini, Kansas spooked two elephants in town with a travelling circus. The beasts stampeded through the broad streets there until trainers subdued them.

GARRISON: Frank Morris from member station KCUR reporting. A couple of light earthquakes rocked the bay area this morning. They struck about 19 miles east of down San Francisco. Earlier reports measured them at three and 3.5 magnitude. No major damage or injuries. A plan for nationwide free wi-fi is stalled in Washington. Federal Communications condition will not vote on the proposal this month. The U.S. has dropped to 30th in the world of the percentage of homes with broadband access. It was 15th just seven years ago.

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GARRISON: Celtic's fans had plenty to cheer about last night. Boston beat the L.A. Lakers 98 to 88 in game one of the NBA finals. Game two is in Boston on Sunday night. That is your news and your sports. It's always online at npr.org.

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