7 things to know now: Tornado deaths; Peyton Manning; Meadowlark Lemon

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Weather deaths: More than 40 people died over the long holiday weekend as strong storms slammed the Midwest and South. On Sunday, 11 people were killed  when tornadoes hit  the Dallas  area. Six people, including four international soldiers based at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, died when flood waters rose  there.  Most of Interstate 40 from Albuquerque east across the Texas Panhandle has been closed as blizzard conditions developed Monday morning.

2. Chicago police shootings: A Chicago grandmother died this weekend when she  was "accidentally struck and tragically killed" by an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call. Bettie Jones, 55, was shot when police fired on Quintonio LeGrier, 19, as he charged them while holding an aluminum baseball bat.

3. Peyton fires back: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is denying charges that he  was supplied human growth hormones from an anti-aging clinic after surgery on his neck in 2011. Manning says he is "furious" over the al-Jazeera report that he is one of several high-profile athletes who were given the performance-enhancing drugs.

4. Open carry: As of Friday, licensed firearms owner in Texas can legally carry handguns into most places in the state. Texas will be the most populous state  to allow "open carry."  The supermarket chain H-E-B announced last week that it will not allow customers to openly carry guns in its stores. Other retailers have also said they will opt out of the new law.

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5. Man falls from cliff: An Indiana man was killed when he  apparently became distracted by an electronic device and fell from a cliff while trying to take a photo of a sunset.  Joshua Burwell, 33, had gone to Sunset Cliffs in San Diego on Christmas Day, when, according to witnesses, he "wasn't watching where he was walking, he was looking down at the device in his hands," and fell 40 feet to his death.

And one more

Harlem Globetrotters great Meadowlark Lemon died Sunday. Lemon, who specialized in long-distance hook shots and amazing passes, was the "Clown Prince of Basketball" for the  team for 22 years. Lemon delighted millions with his charisma and ever-ready smile.  He was 83.

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