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STORMS rumbled across the southern United States, spinning off tornadoes and causing flooding blamed for at least four deaths, dozens of injuries and heavy damage. . . . JOAN HASLIP, a writer best known for her biographies of Marie Antoinette and the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, died at her home in Italy, a friend in London said Monday. She was 82. . . . AN IVORY COAST airliner crashed as it tried to land in Abidjan, killing all but one of the 17 people on board, airport officials in Abidjan said Monday.