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French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials...Full Story >
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An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to decide whether to expand its operation or...Full Story >
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Holiday World has announced their new $22 million project and it is a steel B&M launched wing roller coaster called the Thunderbird. Full Story >
The steel coaster is the nation's first launched wing roller coaster. Full Story >
Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of a series of tornadoes that cut a path of destruction from southeastern Indiana to Brandenburg, Ky. and into southwest Ohio.
We spoke with local people who witnessed those twisters and lived to tell the story.
The tornados which touched down across the Tri-State were part of a super outbreak of twisters which killed 315 people in 13 states.
It was an act of nature Rebecca Glass of Sayler Park says is hard to forget.
"The sirens started and they wouldn't stop," she said.
Glass says she took cover in a neighbor's bathroom.
"So we got down in the bathtub and put the mattress over us. We were lucky because it went over top of our house. (It) took our storage shed and our trees in the backyard but right in front is where it actually... I mean they were all tore up," she said.
In addition to the death toll there were countless injuries and hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed.
Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young was a Cincinnati police officer at the time and was sent out to guard what was left of people's property. Young says many people survived with their spirits intact.
"I will always be impressed with just the resilience of people and the attitude that they had especially the homes that were like just destroyed," he said. "A couple of those people, they seemed really grateful that they survived it. They're attitude seemed to be that they could replace physical things."
One of the keys to saving lives is early warning. The technology for that has vastly improved in 40 years.
Hamilton County Emergency Management Operations Manager Bary Lusby holds up one of the first cell phones from the late 1970s and says "cell phones like this one here had just been invented."
The agency still uses an emergency alert system but it's now digital and analog.
Dana Schratt, Hamilton County EMA's public information officer, says more sirens have been installed.
"We just spent the last three years installing brand new sirens," she said. "We installed sirens where there previously was no coverage."
Officials with the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency say the speed of communication has vastly improved plus advances in weather radar has made predicting tornadoes a lot more accurate.
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >