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Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect Monday in parts of Minnesota and Missouri the day after a tornado in northeast Iowa killed at least seven people. The deaths occurred even though a warning system is in place, an Iowa Homeland Security administrator said.

Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia was selected as the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate Sunday in Denver. He said he expects to qualify for the national debates by receiving support of at least 15 percent of registered voters in political polls. Meanwhile, Mike Gravel, a former senator from Alaska who recently dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, said he has ended his political career.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pinch-hit Sunday for Sen. Edward Kennedy at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., after Kennedy bowed out citing health issues. Obama told the graduates, including Kennedy's stepdaughter, that Americans might disagree on the issues, but "we can be unified in service to a greater good."

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