Twister hits arena, rips up downtown
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A tornado that ripped the roof off a sports arena in Billings, Mont., Sunday evening also tore apart a casino, bar and laundromat in the city's downtown area.
The tornado struck Sunday at about 5 p.m. as a big storm system with golf ball-sized hail passed through the area, Trooper Toman Baukema of the Montana Highway Patrol said.
After running through downtown's Main Street, the twister moved toward the 10,000-seat Rimrock Auto Arena in a nearby industrial area, where it snapped trees and telephone poles. B There were several employees inside the arena when it struck, but there were no reports of injuries, Baukema said.
Celia upgraded to hurricane status
MIAMI (AP) -- Celia was upgraded to hurricane status Sunday as it howled toward open seas, away from Mexico's Pacific coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm -- now the first hurricane of the season -- was expected to gradually strengthen.
Celia was centered about 365 miles south of Acapulco Sunday afternoon,moving westward at about 7 mph.
That course would take it toward the open Pacific and forecasters said it posed no immediate threat to land.
L.A. airport evacuated after false threats
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Parts of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport were briefly evacuated when a man made threats that turned out to be false.
LAX spokesman Albert Rodriguez said that a man walked into the Tom Bradley International Terminal shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and made threatening statements.
Airport police took the man into custody, conducted a security sweep and found nothing.