Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries the U.S. flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. / Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
'Super Outbreak' of tornadoes scar 13 states
Forty years ago Thursday, three weather fronts collided and spawned storms of astounding violence across 13 states. On April 3 and 4, 1974, at least 148 tornadoes killed more than 300 people. Meteorologists refer to the storms as the 'Super Outbreak,' which remains one of the strongest, most deadly and most damaging tornado outbreak in history.
Unanswered questions in Fort Hood shooting
The motive of Ivan Lopez, the suspected gunman in Wednesday's Fort Hood shooting, remains unclear. Officials do not suspect terrorism, although they haven't ruled it out. Lopez was an Iraq veteran with a "self-diagnosed" traumatic brain injury. The military says he was not injured in combat but said he was being treated for depression, anxiety and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
U.S. Olympians visits the White House
President Obama and Michelle Obama welcome the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes to the White House Thursday. Look for familiar faces Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso, Lolo Jones, Gracie Gold, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Jamie Anderson and all of their Sochi 2014 teammates.
Sarah Palin debuts new TV show
Sarah Palin's new show Amazing America with Sarah Palindebuts on the Sportsman Channel, Thursday. Palin says it's, "not going to be some kind of fake scripted reality show" but will "showcase people, places and things in order to restore, fundamentally, what makes America great." Although she says it won't be political, Palin promises the show will be about protecting Second Amendment freedoms.
Save our Shows
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