Brian Hock was standing Wednesday evening in what used to be his home but is now 2,000 square feet of nothing. Still resting in a bag of dog food was the cup he uses to scoop kibble, emblazoned with the slogan "Fear not: God's love shines bright."
Hock was at work Monday when the tornado smashed his house in the Heatherwood subdivision of Moore, Okla. He says his daughters survived only because neighbors invited them to share a custom shelter.
Several residents in the neighborhood along Southeast Fourth Street have similar stories. Their section of Heather Wood was built about 11 years ago. It will all have to be rebuilt now.
Some walls remain standing, but many houses have been destroyed. At one house, a crushed pickup truck is all that's keeping a garage roof from collapsing completely to the ground.
Strong new-vehicle sales figures are causing industry analysts to revise their forecasts for North American production levels in 2013, with J.D. Power & Associates and LMC Automotive predicting 16 million units will be produced — a mark not hit since 2002.
More than 1,157,000 new vehicles are projected to be sold in May, the third month in a row to top the 1 million level. The growth is being helped by strong demand for full-sized pickups, which represent more than 11 percent of retail sales, according to a news release from J.D. Power.
The strong sales figures are coming at a time when the average transaction price for new vehicles set a record high in May, at $28,921, the auto industry analysts said. The higher prices are being supported by low interest rates, strong trade-in values and other factors that help keep cut monthly payments.
Ahead of his much-anticipated speech Thursday afternoon at the National Defense University, there's word that President Obama:
-- Will announce he's going to "sharply curtail the instances when unmanned aircraft can be used to attack in places that are not overt war zones, countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia," The New York Times says. It adds that "the rules will impose the same standard for strikes on foreign enemies now used only for American citizens deemed to be terrorists."
The decline follows something of a spike. But in reality, the drop just means that claims continue to run at the pace they've been setting since late 2011. Since then, the number of new filings each week has pretty much stayed in a range from the mid-300,000s to just under 400,000.