Two die as tornadoes rip through Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's Department says two people died when a severe storm system tore through the state with more than a dozen tornadoes.

Sharon Watson says the man and woman from Colorado were found Saturday in a car in a field 13 miles east of Pratt in south central Kansas.

At least 17 tornadoes ripped through western and central Kansas on Friday. At least six people were injured and dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed.

Three dead, three injured in chopper crash

LOS ANGELES - A tour helicopter crashed in rainy weather on an island off the Southern California coast Saturday morning, killing three people and injuring three others, a county sheriff's deputy said.

The helicopter went down on the west end of Santa Catalina Island near Two Harbors, causing a small fire that was quickly doused, authorities said. Helicopters airlifted the three injured to mainland hospitals.

County Supervising Fire Dispatcher Melanie Flores said their condition at the time of transport was critical and that they would require treatment for broken bones among other injuries.

The chopper was a private tour aircraft from Island Express, Deputy Chuck Upton said.

- From wire reports