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The Pulse: Obama Surveys Damage in Arkansas

In Wednesday's edition of "The Pulse," President Obama visited Arkansas to survey damage left behind by the April 27 tornado.
In Wednesday's edition of "The Pulse," President Obama visited Arkansas to survey damage left behind by the April 27 tornado.

President Obama was in Arkansas Wednesday, getting a first-hand look at the deadly damage left behind by April's tornado outbreak. The president met with tornado victims and their families in Vilonia, as well as community and state leaders. Sixteen people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

The United States is joining the manhunt for the leader of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of school girls in Nigeria. It's been more than three weeks since the girls were taken, and now the U.S. is sending military personnel and intelligence into the country. It's not clear American troops will be deployed.

The Republican establishment is celebrating a big win over the Tea Party in North Carolina as State House Speaker Thom Tillis won in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate. Tillis will battle Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan in the fall.

A police officer shot and killed a 93-year-old woman at her Texas home. Witnesses say Pearlie Golden was shot several times by an officer after police got a call about a situation. Police have not yet said whether Golden was armed or why the officer may have felt threatened.

College freshmen taking out government student loans will pay a heftier price this fall. Thanks to Congress, interest rates could be nearly a percent-point higher than in previous years.
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