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KLEM News - July 18, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Forecasters say the heat wave gripping the central U.S. is ``unrelenting'' and sweaty residents shouldn't expect any relief soon.

Heat advisories and warnings are in place in 17 states, from Texas to Michigan, as temperatures and humidity combine to make being outside uncomfortable for millions.

National Weather Service forecaster Daryl Williams in Norman, Oklahoma, says much of the central U.S. is under a so-called ``heat dome'' that isn't moving much.

Owner of Iowa zoo attacked by tiger during feeding

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) The owner of a small Iowa zoo has been hospitalized with injuries from a tiger attack.

The Delaware County sheriff's office says 52-year-old Tom Sellner suffered lacerations to his head and torso in Sunday morning's attack at Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester. He was flown to an Iowa City hospital. His condition wasn't immediately available.

The sheriff's office says Sellner was attacked while feeding an adult tiger.

A message left Sunday with the zoo wasn't immediately returned.

The zoo's website says it has more than 300 birds and animals, including tigers, African lions and other exotic cats.

2 people die in crash near Council Bluffs, Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Two people have died in a crash near Council Bluffs.

Authorities have not released the names of those killed in Saturday night's crash.

Police say a car collided with another vehicle. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Minn. man dies after earlier hit-and-run in Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: KJAN-AM,

SHELBY, Iowa (AP) A Minnesota man hurt earlier this month in a hit-and-run crash near Shelby, Iowa has died of his injuries.

The Iowa State Patrol told KJAN-AM that 31-year-old Mosadaq Aden, of St. Paul, Minnesota, suffered a crushed pelvis and severe head injuries July 6th when he was struck by a car while walking along an Interstate 80 exit ramp. He died Friday.

The patrol says the driver fled the scene.

Aden had been traveling from across the country, hitchhiking when he couldn't find other transportation.

Van Meter man blows up house, kills self

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) A man being sued has blown up his house and killed himself after a short standoff with deputies.

The house in Van Meter exploded about 2 p.m. Saturday, sending debris flying through the area.

Neighbor Kevin Waters told WHO-TV that owner Bill Johnson was sitting outside, drinking beer. Waters says he asked Johnson if he was OK, and Johnson said he was and that the explosion was planned.

The Des Moines Register reports Johnson was carrying several guns, and Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard told the newspaper he shot and killed himself after a brief standoff.

Leonard says Johnson was being sued over the property and recently missed a court date. He was 58.

More ceremonies planned to welcome Iowa soldiers

More homecoming ceremonies are planned for Iowa National Guard soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

The guard says 100 soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion of the 133rd Infantry will be greeted at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Another celebration is scheduled for noon at the Marriott Conference Center in Coralville to welcome 110 members of Company B.

Another ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the UNI Dome. About 95 members of Company E, 334th Brigade Support Battalion and the Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion of the 133rd Infantry will be feted.

Homecoming ceremonies have been held across the state since Thursday.

Nearly 3,000 soldiers were sent to Afghanistan last year in largest single deployment of Iowa National Guard troops since World War II.

Iowa congressman, family safe after home invasion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell and his grandson have fought off an intruder on the congressman's farm in Iowa.

A statement from the congressman's office says the home invasion happened about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. An armed man came in through the front door and attacked Boswell's daughter, Cindy Brown. He demanded money.

The 77-year-old congressman heard his daughter's screams, came into the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder. As they struggled, Boswell's 22-year-old grandson, Mitchell Brown, got a shotgun from another room. When Mitchell Brown pointed the shotgun at the intruder, the man fled into the fields around the house outside of Lamoni.

Boswell's spokesman Grant Woodard says other than some scrapes and bruises, the family is fine.

The local sheriff's office, the FBI and other agencies are investigating.

Perry `comfortable' with idea of presidential run

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll likely decide in two or three weeks whether he'll run for president.

The conservative Republican has long been scornful of Washington, and he says even now he doesn't wake up wanting to be president. But Perry says he also knows his wife, Anita, and others want him to run and he's getting used to the idea.

Perry told the Des Moines Register that he's ``getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do. This is what America needs.''

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. An evangelical Christian, he has a strong following among the social conservatives who often dominate Republican politics.

His aides began making inquiries last month about Iowa's leadoff presidential nominating caucuses.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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