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Michigan teen carries sibling on 40-mile trek

– A Michigan teenager who wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy by walking 40 miles with his younger brother strapped to his back battled heat, rain, fatigue and more to finish the trek Sunday.

Hunter Gandee, 14, had been planning for weeks to pull off the walk, hoping to put a face on the muscular disorder that prevents his 7-year-old sibling, Braden, from being able to walk without help.

But all his organizing couldn’t prepare him for the conditions he faced as he packed the 50-pound boy over two days.

“Honestly, yes, there was a point that we did consider stopping,” Hunter said. “Braden’s legs – the chafing was getting pretty bad. We did have to consider stopping. It was at about the 30-mile point.”

The boys’ parents and two other siblings accompanied them on the walk. A caravan of cars and other walkers also joined in.

Damaging storms sweep Colorado

A line of severe storms packing high winds and hail swept across Colorado’s Front Range and eastern plains Sunday, spawning several damaging tornadoes, including one that dropped down near a junior golf tournament southeast of Denver.

The band of storms would make its way into central Nebraska and western Kansas between 9 p.m. and midnight Sunday, Weather Service meteorologist Frank Cooper said.

In Colorado, one tornado touched down near the Blackstone Country Club, causing one minor injury and flipping an empty trailer.

New president of Egypt sworn in

Egypt’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, winner by a landslide in last month’s presidential election, was sworn into office Sunday nearly a year after he ousted the nation’s first freely elected leader.

The retired field marshal called for unity and hard work, while vowing that there would be no reconciliation with those who took up arms against the government and Egyptians.

That was a thinly veiled reference to supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist president el-Sissi removed last July, and Islamic militants waging attacks against the government.

24 students feared drowned in India

Police say 24 students are feared drowned after they were swept away by strong waters in a river near a mountainous tourist resort in northern India.

Police officer Dina Nath said a sudden discharge of water into the Beas river on Sunday from a dam upstream took the students by surprise while they were taking pictures on a river bank near Manali, 330 miles north of New Delhi.

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