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Stories for May 20, 2013

Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma, At Least 24 Killed

Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma, At Least 24 Killed

May 20
Associated Press

A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph.

Apple's 'Complex Web' Helped It Avoid taxes, Panel Finds

May 20
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Tech giant Apple used a "complex web of offshore entities" to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes in the U.S., a congressional investigation has found.

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Measuring The Power Of Deadly Tornadoes

May 20
Steve Mullis / NPR

Damaging tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday, causing widespread damage that is still being assessed, and additional severe weather is expected.

The Ghost Army

The Ghost Army

May 20

War, deception and art come together in this astonishing true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during WWII. This remarkable tale of a top-secret mission that was at once absurd, deadly and amazingly effective is told through the stories of the veterans, many of whom — like Bill Blass and Ellsworth Kelly — would go on to have illustrious careers in art, design and fashion.

Tweets Capture 'Shock And Awe' At Tornado's Deadly Power

May 20
Scott Neuman / NPR

Our colleague Andy Carvin has scanned Twitter in search of reaction, including photos and video, from the massive tornado that swept through central Oklahoma on Monday.

Trial Begins In Lawsuit Over Encinitas School District Yoga Class

Trial Begins In Lawsuit Over Encinitas School District Yoga Class

May 20
City News Service

Trial of a lawsuit that seeks to stop yoga instruction in the Encinitas Union School District got underway today in a San Diego courtroom.

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Key Charge Against Ex-BP Official In Spill Case Dismissed

May 20
Carrie Johnson / NPR

It's another bad day for the Justice Department.

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A Brief History Of Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 20
Scott Neuman / NPR

Although Oklahoma is a state where tornadoes are a fact of life, few days stand out like May 3, 1999.

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The Low-Tech Way Guns Get Traced

May 20
Melissa Block / NPR

Opponents of expanding background checks for gun sales often raise the fear that it would allow the government to create a national gun registry -- a database of gun transactions. In fact, federal law already bans the creation of such a registry. And the reality of how gun sales records are accessed turns out to be surprisingly low-tech.

San Diego County Grand Jury Says City Should Independently Monitor ...

San Diego County Grand Jury Says City Should Independently Monitor Groundwater Contamination

May 20
By Amita Sharma

Grand jury's report is the product of an inquiry into the effects of numerous oil spills from the Mission Valley Terminal just north of Qualcomm Stadium.

Obama Urges San Diegans To 'Call Out' Rep. Duncan Hunter On Climate...

Obama Urges San Diegans To 'Call Out' Rep. Duncan Hunter On Climate Change Denial

May 20
By David Wagner

Along with dozens of other Republican lawmakers, a local member of Congress is under fire from President Obama's non-profit over his global warming beliefs.

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Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

May 20
Sarah Varney / NPR

When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankable -- those who don't have a traditional checking or savings account -- it can be hard to simply pay bills.

10 Buildings That Changed America

10 Buildings That Changed America

May 20
By Jennifer Robinson

A state capitol that Thomas Jefferson designed to resemble a Roman temple, the home of Henry Ford’s first assembly line, the first indoor regional shopping mall, an airport with a swooping concrete roof that seems to float on air — these are among the buildings surveyed in this cross-country journey to 10 influential works of American architecture. Meet the daring architects who imagined them and learn the shocking, funny and even sad stories of how they came to be.

South Bay Schools Select New Superintendent

May 20
By Kyla Calvert

South Bay Union School District trustees have selected a Solana Beach administrator as the district's next superintendent.

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Turnabout Is Fair Play: Senators Have Many Questions For IRS

May 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

The Internal Revenue Service is under fire for improperly singling out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny -- putting them through months (or longer) of questions that delayed or derailed the organizations' requests for tax-exempt status.

Arrest Made In Killing Of Southern California Army Veteran (Video)

Arrest Made In Killing Of Southern California Army Veteran (Video)

May 20
By Beth Ford Roth

Maribel Ramos had served in the Army for eight years and was just weeks away from earning her degree at Cal State Fullerton when she went missing earlier this month. Her body was discovered late last week, and now her roommate has been arrested for her murder.

Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate ...

Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate Change

May 20
By Patty Lane, Amita Sharma, Alison St John

Public opinion on climate change may still be divided but a new survey finds climate experts agree on the cause. They point to humans as the problem behind global warming. That validates research done nearly a decade ago by a University of California, San Diego professor who says the science has always backed up the effects of climate change.

San Diego-Tijuana To Have Binational Youth Orchestra

San Diego-Tijuana To Have Binational Youth Orchestra

May 20
By Jill Replogle

The San Diego-Tijuana region will soon have its first binational youth orchestra. Heightened border security and concerns about violence in Mexico can complicate such initiatives, but organizers say it’s worth the effort.

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ABC's Karl Expresses Regret, But Stands By Benghazi Story

May 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl now says he regrets that some key parts of a major story he reported on May 10 were wrong.

Joe Hill On His New Book 'NOS4A2'

Joe Hill On His New Book 'NOS4A2'

May 20
By Beth Accomando, Alison St John

Horror writer Joe Hill's new novel, "NOS4A2," came out April 30. Listen to his full interview with KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando.

In 'Stung,' Researcher Connects Jellyfish Blooms To Doomed Oceans

In 'Stung,' Researcher Connects Jellyfish Blooms To Doomed Oceans

May 20
By Megan Burke, Amita Sharma, Alison St John

In her new book, "Stung," researcher Lisa-ann Gershwin Ph.D., compares jellyfish to an angel of death whose presence in the ocean is causing destruction, death and disruption. And she says humans are contributing to the problem.

Navy Dolphins Make Surprising Find Off Coronado Coast (Video)

Navy Dolphins Make Surprising Find Off Coronado Coast (Video)

May 20
By Beth Ford Roth

Two Navy dolphins trained to search for underwater explosives made a surprising discovery off the coast of Coronado. Using their keen dolphin sonar, "Ten" and "Spetz" found an extremely rare 19th century Howell torpedo.

National Memorial Day Concert 2013

National Memorial Day Concert 2013

May 20

Join co-hosts Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) for a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up performing with the National Symphony Orchestra. The 24th annual broadcast of the "National Memorial Day Concert" airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.

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ADHD In Childhood May Feed Obesity In Adults

May 20
Nancy Shute / NPR

Men who were diagnosed with ADHD as children are more likely to be obese in adulthood, according to a new study.

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VIDEO: Look Inside A Grizzly Bear's Mouth

May 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

When a 3-year-old grizzly in Alaska came upon a GoPro camera that adventure guide Brad Josephs had set up in the wild, the encounter produced footage that takes you right inside the bear's mouth.

Two Southern California Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

Two Southern California Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

May 20
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, of Hesperia, and Spc. William J. Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights were killed May 14 during an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan.

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Supreme Court Takes Case On Prayer At Government Meetings

May 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

A challenge to the way a western New York State town board has had prayers read before its public meetings has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

May 20
Pam Fessler, NPR

Poverty has grown everywhere in the U.S. in recent years, but mostly in the suburbs. During the 2000s, it grew twice as fast in suburban areas as in cities, with more than 16 million poor people now living in the nation's suburbs — more than in urban or rural areas.

Emergency And School Officials Conduct School Shooting Drill In Poway

Emergency And School Officials Conduct School Shooting Drill In Poway

May 20
City News Service

The sounds of gunfire will ring out today at Abraxas High School in Poway as sheriff's deputies, firefighters, school officials and teenage volunteers conduct a drill designed to simulate a school shooting.

A Year Later, Dalai Lama Visit Inspires San Diego

A Year Later, Dalai Lama Visit Inspires San Diego

May 20
By Megan Burks

A consortium of faith and community groups hosted a daylong celebration of compassion Saturday. They were inspired to put on the event after hearing the Dalai Lama speak in San Diego last year.

Latinos Hardest Hit By Community College Class Shortages

Latinos Hardest Hit By Community College Class Shortages

May 20
By Kyla Calvert

Latinos are a fast-growing portion of the California Community College student body, so the system's lack of space squeezes them most.

Dwayne Crenshaw Wants His Long District 4 History To Include Counci...

Dwayne Crenshaw Wants His Long District 4 History To Include Council Seat

May 20
By Claire Trageser

Dwayne Crenshaw, who is running to fill the City Council District 4 seat, touts his long history of living in and working for his district.

Myrtle Cole Hopes To Ride Supporters' Enthusiasm To City Council Seat

Myrtle Cole Hopes To Ride Supporters' Enthusiasm To City Council Seat

May 20
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Council District 4 candidate Myrtle Cole has strong backing from a big group of political leaders, including Mayor Bob Filner and Congressman Juan Vargas.

Proposed Calif. Measure Requires Doctor Drug Tests

May 20
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A proposed state ballot measure in California would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing.

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FBI Agents Killed In Training Accident Worked In Elite Unit

May 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, the two FBI agents who died in a training accident on Friday off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., were part of the bureau's Critical Incident Response Group.

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Court Case Winds Down In New York's Stop-And-Frisk Challenge

May 20
Margot Adler / NPR

Closing arguments are set to take place Monday in the federal class action trial involving New York City's stop-and-frisk policy. The trial has been going on for two months in Manhattan.

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Nation's Midsection Braces For More Severe Storms

May 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

There's no relief today for folks in the nation's midsection.

Cartel Towns Pose Challenge For Immigration Reform

Cartel Towns Pose Challenge For Immigration Reform

May 20
CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN / Associated Press

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Just across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, stands a dormitory-style shelter filled with people recently deported from the U.S. and other migrants waiting to cross the border.

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Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

May 20
Pam Fessler / NPR

Poverty has grown everywhere in the U.S. in recent years, but mostly in the suburbs. During the 2000s, it grew twice as fast in suburban areas as in cities, with more than 16 million poor people now living in the nation's suburbs -- more than in urban or rural areas.

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Is There Really A Second-Term Curse?

May 20
Ari Shapiro / NPR

The phrase "second term curse" is so familiar that it's become a cliche of American politics. Whether it's President Richard Nixon's resignation or President Bill Clinton's impeachment, presidents tend to have a tough time during the back half of an eight-year presidency.

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Seeing The (Northern) Light: A Temporary Arctic Retirement

May 20
Curt Nickish / NPR

By all the laws of anything, Winston Chen should not have quit his well-paying, midcareer job at a software company at age 40. But one day he was watching a TED Talk, one of those popular online video presentations, delivered by a New York designer.