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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- For the second time in nearly two weeks tornadoes ravaged parts of Oklahoma on Friday. All together, five tornadoes tore a path of destruction through the state, claiming at least 17 lives. Three of those killed were veteran storm chasers. Tim Samaras, a respected scientist in the field, his son Paul, and their colleague Carl Young. Kansas-based storm chaser Tyler Costantini says he's in shock:
"If somebody would have told me, you know, a storm chaser got killed in a tornado there's absolutely no way I would have ever thought that this group would have been it."
- Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is blaming extremists and enemies for protests that have swept across the country. The explosion of anger started last week when a small group of people tried to prevent the demolition of a park in central Istanbul in favor of a shopping arcade. Riot police cracked down, hitting protesters with tear gas and pepper spray. CNN's Ivan Watson reports then something snapped:
“Demonstrators began attacking the police, outraged by the behavior of the security forces. Suddenly it wasn't about the park anymore it was about the prime minister."
- For the past several years China has been on a spending spree. Chinese companies are working with their government to acquire assets all over the world. Things like technology companies, banks, ports, real estate...even natural resources. Last week's announcement that a Chinese meat producer had agreed to buy Virginia-based Smithfield Foods raised more than a few eyebrows. That's because Smithfield is the world's largest processor of pork – selling ham, hot dogs and bacon under popular brand names like Armor and Farmland. The National Consumers League's Sally Greenberg is leery:
“The Chinese have, in general, a dismal record on food safety.”
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