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They have beef with beef South Korean protesters wear mask of a cow symbolizing mad cow disease imported from U.S. They held the rally against U.S. imported beef in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak apologized to South Koreans over a beef import accord with the United States that spawned protests over the meat’s safety.

WINDSOR, Colo. Tornado rips towns, kills 1

A large tornado tore through several northern Colorado towns on Thursday, flipping over tractor-trailers, ripping roofs off buildings and killing at least one person.

The Weld County coroner’s office confirmed one person was killed in the storm, which struck about 50 miles north of Denver.

The storm moved north-northwestward through or near the towns of Platteville, Milliken, Greeley and Windsor.

“We have every type of injury, broken bones, cuts, bruises, from everything from falling trees to broken glass hitting them,” said Jolene Schneider, spokeswoman for the Windsor Fire Department. “Only thing we are trying to figure out now is how many and how severe.”

KABUL, Afghanistan 3 die in sniper protests

Gunfire broke out Thursday at a protest in western Afghanistan against a U.S. sniper in Iraq who used a Quran for target practice. Officials said a NATO soldier and two civilians were killed.

Police opened fire on demonstrators who threw rocks and set tents on fire near a military airfield in western Ghor province, said NATO spokesman Maj. Martin O’Donnell.

Two civilians were slain and seven others were wounded, he said.

Provincial council member Ahmad Khan Rahimi was among the protesters and estimated the crowd at 2,000 people.

COLUMBIA, S.C. Powerball winner worried

The Gaston, S.C., 19-year-old who won a $35.3 million Powerball jackpot is looking to hire a bodyguard after friends alerted him to possible threats.

"I’ve been getting a lot of warnings from friends I trust that the word is going around people are plotting on you," said Jonathan Vargas, who is the youngest person and only South Carolinian to claim the S.C. Education Lottery Powerball Jackpot.

Vargas, a construction worker, is going to take a lump sum of $17 million.

Vargas said Monday he wants to invest most of the money, buy a new house for his family and set up trust funds for his sister and three brothers.

BUTLER, Mo. These cars have firepower

Salesmen at one Missouri car dealership aren’t just kicking in a free CD player or factory air: They’re offering a free handgun with every purchase.

Through the end of the month, car buyers at Max Motors in Butler will have a choice — $250 toward either a gun purchase or gasoline.

General manager Walter Moore said that so far, most buyers have chosen the gun, adding that he suggests they opt for a semiautomatic model “because it holds more rounds.”

(In the fine print, the ad on the Web site explains, “Check written toward purchase price” and also mentions, “Approved Background Check REQUIRED!!”)

Moore said he suspects his “Free Handgun” ad will draw protests in some places. But not in Butler, about 65 miles south of Kansas City.

Moore said, “Down here, we all believe in God, guts and guns.”

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