Tornado rips through Joplin, Mo., Tim Pawlenty enters the race and news from while you were sleeping

Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home
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Joplin destroyed by tornado A massive tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, leaving at least 89 dead and destroying 25 to 30 precent of the city.

The devastation has left a hospital destroyed along with buildings, schools and homes. Medical records, X-rays and other debris were found even 60 miles away. The governor has declared a state of emergency.

Pawlenty enters the 2012 race Former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty, has announced his candidacy for president. His first campaign stop is today in Des Moines, Iowa. The former Governor tweeted:

He links to a web video, where he declares his intention to announce his run for president.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar apparently killed Mullah Omar is trending as Afghan television reported that the Taliban leader was killed. The Afghan Taliban immediately denied their local media's reports.

Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah will probably face fine for gay slur Following in Kobe Bryant's footsteps, Bull's Joakim Noah hurled a gay slur at a fan sitting behind his team's bench on Saturday night. The moment was captured on TNT's cameras. "I got caught up," Noah said in an apology after the game. "I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up."

The league spokesman had no comment last night, but judging from the fact that Bryant, who called a referee a gay slur during a recent game, was fined $100,000 for his conduct, Noah can expect to see something similar.

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