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Freed killer slays brother, sister-in-law

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) -- A convicted murderer freed from prison two years ago gunned down his brother early Saturday during an argument outside his brother's northwest Indiana home, then chased his sister-in-law inside and killed her while her terrified children listened, authorities said.

Steven Clippenger, 41, of South Bend, apparently killed Matthew and Lisa Clippenger after he became angry when Matthew confiscated his handgun hours earlier, police said.

He got another handgun from an acquaintance, Jenifer Leveque, returned to his brother's home and killed the couple before fleeing with Leveque in a pickup truck, police said. They were arrested a short time later after the children called 911.

Steven Clippenger is charged with two counts of murder as well as a weapons charge. Leveque, 40, is charged with assisting a criminal and giving a handgun to a felon.


Police say mother left baby on car roof

PHOENIX (AP) -- Police arrested a woman who allegedly drove off after forgetting that her baby was in a car seat on the roof of her vehicle.

Officer James Holmes said officers were called out early Saturday after witnesses found a child strapped in a safety seat in the middle of an intersection.

The boy wasn't hurt. He is now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.

Authorities said the child's mother, Catalina Clouser, 19; her boyfriend; and their friends had been smoking marijuana Friday evening at a nearby park.

Upset that her boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Clouser went to the home of friends and smoked more marijuana, police said.

She left around midnight and apparently put the sleeping baby on the roof before driving off, police said.


Glitch gives waitress $435,000 tax refund

CLEVELAND (AP) -- If only it was a tip.

Veteran Cleveland waitress Ginny Hopkins opened her mail on her way to work and found a federal tax refund check for nearly $435,000. She laughed, then took the check to the restaurant to show around.

She speculated about what she could do with the money. Her granddaughters were thinking tickets to see the boy band One Direction, while she figured a vacation to Hawaii for herself would be better.

But two days later, she turned in the check to the Internal Revenue Service in Cleveland. She said the IRS employees told her the mistake would be investigated internally.

She said she had originally filed her tax return in January, but an electronic filing glitch caused information on her return to get deleted. She filed an amended return in April, claiming a $754 refund.

She still hasn't received it. She said the IRS folks gave her information for checking on the status of her refund.


Sooner State records hottest U.S. summer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- After recalculating data from last year, the nation's climatologists have declared that Oklahoma suffered through the hottest summer ever recorded in the U.S. last year -- not Texas as initially announced last fall.

In the new tally by the National Climatic Data Center, Oklahoma's average temperature last summer was 86.9 degrees, while Texas finished with 86.7 degrees. The previous record for the hottest summer was 85.2 degrees set in 1934 in Oklahoma.

The record swap became apparent after extra data trickled in from weather stations and meteorological field reports across both states. That data also pushed up Oklahoma's mark as the hottest month ever by two-tenths of a degree, to 89.3 degrees in July 2011.

Oklahoma had experienced unusually dry, hot weather in the winter and spring of 2011, then summer brought regular triple-digit temperatures that fueled wildfires and led to water rationing in some areas.