Tornadoes ripped through eastern Alabama Sunday leaving a trail of destruction, the Trump administration is expected to toughen the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba and vintage VWs are getting a new life as electric vehicles.
Some Alabamians will be picking up the pieces of their lives this morning after devastating twisters tore through Lee County, uprooting trees, destroying homes and killing at least 23 people. Dozens were injured and authorities warned that the death toll is expected to rise and that children are among the victims.
"The devastation is incredible," Sheriff Jay Jones said.
The Lee County Emergency Management Agency said the worst of the damage was near the town of Beauregard.
"Everything got wiped. It's been leveled," said Jonathan Hickman, a resident of Beauregard.
A former ultra-Orthodox settler is now battling for Palestinian rights. "We fought for a country 70 years ago — a country for Jews," said Shabtay Bendet. "I don’t understand why we don’t give Palestinians what we struggled for before."
Vintage Volkswagens and other classic cars are getting a new lease on life at Michael Bream’s California workshop, where he removes their gas-guzzling engines and transforms them into electric vehicles, often using parts salvaged from wrecked Teslas.
ICYMI: "Saturday Night Live" had a field day with Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress, enlisting the talents of Ben Stiller to reprise his role as President Donald Trump's former personal attorney.
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