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News Archive - May 20, 2013

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

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said the tech giant claimed that three key offshore companies were not tax residents of Ireland or the U.S. One of those subsidiaries paid no taxes for the past five years while it reported income totaling $30 billion.

Sen. Ben Cardin Discusses Immigration Reform With Community Leaders

The Maryland lawmaker offered assurance to local residents that a comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform plan is possible.

Autopsy Results Pending For Quantico-Based FBI Agents Killed In Training Accident

The Virginia state medical examiner's office in Norfolk is waiting for toxicology results to come back before making a determination on the cause of death.

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

Twitter captures firsthand accounts and reaction from the massive tornado that swept through central Oklahoma.

Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Aftermath

The search for victims and survivors continues after a tornado packing 200-mph winds flattened neighborhoods outside Oklahoma City.

VIDEO: A Time-Lapse Of The Tornado In Oklahoma

The National Weather Service says it was at least an EF-4 tornado with winds in excess of 166 mph.

Key Charge Against Ex-BP Official In Spill Case Dismissed

A federal judge ruled that prosecutors failed to prove the executive knew about a pending congressional investigation into oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The decision left in place a second charge against the executive, for allegedly making false statements to investigators about the oil flow rate.

A Brief History Of Oklahoma Tornadoes

The state straddles Tornado Alley and has had a number of especially strong twisters leave a path of death and destruction in their wake.

Montgomery County Pedestrian Collisions On The Rise

Pedestrian collisions are up in Montgomery County, but until this year, fatalities from those collisions had been dropping.

Measuring The Power Of Deadly Tornadoes

Tornado strength is currently measured on what is called the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which gives the tornado a rating from 0 to 5 based on estimated wind speeds and the severity of the damage.

Ray Manzarek, Founding Member Of The Doors, Dies

The keyboardist co-founded the band after meeting Jim Morrison in California. The Doors went on to become one of the most successful rock 'n' roll acts of the 1960s. Manzarek, 74, died in Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer.

WAMU Investigative Reporting: Deals For Developers

The D.C. city council has approved more than $1 billion in tax breaks and other subsidies to developers over the past decade. At the same time, these developers donated millions of dollars in campaign cash. Officials say the subsidies spark revitalization. But who's really benefiting?


D.C. Legislators Want To Allow Pepco Customers To Opt Out Of Smart Meters

The bill would allow D.C. residents to opt against having smart meters installed in their homes, which critics say pose health and safety risks.

Dozens Killed In Massive Tornado Near Oklahoma City

Helicopter images of Moore, Oklahoma show tracts of devastated neighborhoods.

Yahoo's Other Billion-Dollar Bets: Where Are They Now?

Tumblr joins GeoCities, and Overture in the small fraternity of Yahoo's $1 billion-plus acquisitions. What can the company can learn from its previous purchases?

Fox Calls U.S. Surveillance Of Its Reporter 'Downright Chilling'

During a 2009 leak investigation, the Justice Department looked at a reporters personal email. They also kept track of who walked in and out of the State Department.

Report Finds Animal Abuse Cases In Baltimore Still Steady

The report claims many city agencies haven't cooperated with efforts to curb animal abuse.

Washington State Butcher Spikes Pig Feed With Weed

Despite its name, the "pot pig" experiment isn't an attempt to develop a new meaty treat for stoners. Instead, a Seattle butcher is feeding marijuana seeds, stems and root bulbs to swine as a cheeky money-saving measure.

Baltimore Mayor To Officiate Mass Same-Sex Wedding At Pride Parade

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will preside over a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the city's Pride Festival at Druid Hill Park next month.

Sandwich Monday: The Saltwich

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we celebrate an expert panel's recommendations about salt intake by taking in as much salt as we can, with The Saltwich.

WATCH: A Train Wreck Of A 'Star-Spangled Banner' Performance

When it becomes clear to Canadian jazz singer Alexis Normand that she doesn't remember the words, she tries to mumble her way through the national anthem.

Turnabout Is Fair Play: Senators Have Many Questions For IRS

The IRS gave some conservative groups extra, improper scrutiny. Now there's a bipartisan request for the IRS to answer dozens of questions. Read the queries and demands for information from the top Democrat and top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

Beijing Angry Over North Korea's Seizure Of Chinese Fishermen

North Korea's capture of a Chinese fishing boat and its crew of 16 has angered Beijing, adding to its concern over Pyongyang's recent provocations.

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

The White House correspondent's story about administration emails created an uproar. Then a key part of it turned out to be wrong.

Texas Company Scraps Controversial Lesson Plan System

The CSCOPE curriculum had come under intense criticism for lessons some conservatives called un-American. Activists called the attack on the lesson plans a "witch hunt."

Metro Launches New Short-Trip Pass

The new seven-day, $35 pass will allow SmarTrip users to take short trips and pay less for them.

ADHD In Childhood May Feed Obesity In Adults

People diagnosed with ADHD as children may be more apt to be obese in adulthood, scientists say. Differences in brain biology or the impulsiveness typical of ADHD may contribute to lasting, bad eating habits.

Frontman Of Popular Jamaican Ska Group Hit By Bottle During Virginia Show

Toots and the Maytals frontman Frederick "Toots'' Hibbert was hit in the head on Saturday night, leaving him with seven stitches.

VIDEO: Look Inside A Grizzly Bear's Mouth

A 3-year-old grizzly in Alaska found a GoPro camera that had been set up to capture nature scenes. The result: Very upclose video. Warning: If slobber and big teeth aren't your thing, this video may not be for you.

Deborah Turness, Of British ITV, Will Be President Of NBC News

Turness becomes the first female president of one of the big three television networks in the U.S. She is scheduled to take the helm in August.

Tommy Wells Launches Mayoral Campaign

The Ward 6 council member promised to clean up government, cut juvenile crime in half, improve access to education, and create a "next-generation public transit system."

Can A Piece Of Hair Reveal How Much Coke Or Pepsi You Drink?

People are notorious for under-reporting what they consume — they lie, forget or just guess wrong. For researchers who want to know how much soda we're drinking, a high-tech analysis technique could help.

Immigration Officers' Union Will Oppose Senate Bill

The opposition from the National CIS Council is a boost to the National ICE Council, which until now had been the lone voice of opposition among enforcement unions.

Supreme Court Takes Case On Prayer At Government Meetings

Prayers said before meetings of the town board in Greece, N.Y., have predominantly been Christian. A lower court ruled that officials hadn't done enough to seek out prayers from other faiths. That violates the Constitution's Establishment Clause, the court said. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in.

Allegany County Could Allow Kids To Get Tattoos

Officials say the change in county regulations would help crack down on unregulated tattoo shops.

Top Stories: Yahoo Buys Tumblr; Latest On IRS Scandal

Also: the two FBI agents killed in a training accident were members of an elite team; severe weather continues across the nation's midsection; car bombs kill dozens in Iraq; and the Powerball winner is still a mystery.

Pledging Not To 'Screw It Up,' Yahoo Seals Deal For Tumblr

Yahoo will pay about $1.1 billion for the six-year-old blogging site. Tumblr's leadership won't change and Yahoo promises it will be independently operated.

FBI Agents Killed In Training Accident Worked In Elite Unit

Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw were members of the bureau's Hostage Rescue Team, which stands ready to deploy around the nation and the world. They died while training offshore near Virginia Beach, Va.

Book News: J.K. Rowling Tells 'Harry Potter' Backstories

Quidditch was invented "in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend," writes the Harry Potter creator. Other book news: Ireland puts an entire short story on a postage stamp; Daniel Handler on Midwestern literature; and the best books coming out this week.

Nation's Midsection Braces For More Severe Storms

From Texas to the upper Great Lakes, forecasters are warning that the weather will be rough Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tornadoes are possible in the Plains States. Elsewhere, severe thunderstorms — some with hail — are likely. In Oklahoma, two people have died from storm-related injuries.

Major Campaign Donors Score Hefty City Subsidies

Construction cranes can be seen throughout the District. Less visible are the symbiotic relationships between land developers and city officials awarding tax breaks and discounted land deals. WAMU investigates.

Deals For Developers

WAMU investigates city subsidies to developers and campaign contributions from the companies.