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News Archive - June 4, 2013

Hacker Adrian Lamo Gives Evidence In Trial Of Bradley Manning

Adrian Lamo, the computer hacker who turned in Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for releasing government documents to Wikileaks, testified in Fort Meade, Md., on Tuesday.

Friday's El Reno Tornado Called Widest In U.S. History

New data about the tornado, which has been blamed for 18 deaths, was released Tuesday. Its intensity was upgraded to the maximum of EF5, and the weather agency says its winds reached 295 miles an hour.

D.C., Maryland Top The Nation In Rates Of Arrest For Marijuana Possession

Both D.C. and Maryland are among the states with the highest rates of arrest for marijuana possession in the country, even as lawmakers have talked about eliminating penalties.

U.S. Skater Will Boycott Disciplinary Hearing On Tampering

After admitting to tampering with a rival's skate blade, U.S. speedskater Simon Cho will boycott a hearing in Germany next week that could bring a lifetime ban, NPR has learned. Cho says his coach ordered him to tamper with the Canadian's skate in 2011.

U.S. Trade Body Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents

The U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling affects some older models of the iPhone and iPad. President Obama has 60 days to overturn the order; Apple said it will appeal.

Christie Finesses Challenge Created By Senate Vacancy

Gov. Chris Christie needed a plausible explanation for choosing a politically advantageous, if more costly, special election date to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Maybe he found it.

Harford County's David Craig Introducing Himself To Maryland Republicans

Republican David Craig is kicking off his campaign for the office of Maryland governor this week with a motor coach campaign that stopped in Montgomery County Tuesday.

Defense: Too Many Documents 'Classifed' In Rosen Leak Case

The lawyer for a former State Department contractor accused of leaking top-secret data to Fox News says that intelligence agencies are calling too many harmless documents "classified." In federal court, attorney Abbe D. Lowell cited an example: a note between the defendant and his child.

Rocket Launch From Wallops Visible In D.C. Tonight

A suborbital rocket being launched from Wallops Island in Virginia should be visible to those in the D.C. region around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

4 Big Players Emerge In Military Sexual Assault Debate

A dramatic faceoff on Capitol Hill, involving two generals and two female senators, appeared to only deepen the chasm between the four-star brass and those who want significant change in a system that has failed victims for decades.

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

Engineers for Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found what was disrupting the mobile data network in several neighborhoods: a man's beer fridge. Technicians say an electric spark in the motor evidently created enough radio frequency noise to interfere with the network.

Big Questions About Testosterone Treatment For Men

Prescriptions for testosterone have surged for men 40 and older. Drugmakers have touted use of drugs to manage symptoms attributed to low testosterone, such as fatigue and a drop in libido. But those symptoms can also be caused by depression and normal aging.

Council Member Catania Proposes Sweeping Overhaul For DCPS

D.C. Public Schools could see their largest reforms in several years if new legislation proposed by Council member David Catania is passed as written.

Ohio State President Will Retire In Wake Of Latest Gaffes

After his remarks on Catholics, other schools, rival athletic conferences and coaches created a furor, Ohio State University president Gordon Gee says he will retire on July 1. Gee, 69, has apologized for the remarks, which were reportedly intended as jokes.

D.C. Legislator Proposes Exempting Certain Senior Citizens From Property Taxes

Under the bill, long-term residents over the age of 75 and making less than $60,000 a year could be exempted from property taxes.

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe

Fresh research finds that men who ate vegetarian diets were less likely to die from heart disease and other heart conditions. But if you're looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarian, this may not be it.

Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

Many young women don't get maternity coverage if they're on a parent's health plan. A sex discrimination claim aims to get them coverage for childbirth care under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Metro To Hold Auditions For Station Performers

Got a great voice? Or maybe nimble feet and great rhythm? Then you could be chosen to perform at Metro station entrances this summer.

Coronation Chicken: A Lowly Sandwich Filling With A Royal Pedigree

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation in a ceremony Tuesday at Westminster Cathedral. But the event also marks the anniversary of a cold chicken-and-curry dish that is the culinary equivalent of the famous British stiff upper lip.

Former Rep. 'Duke' Cunningham Freed After Bribery Sentence

The bribery scheme that former Rep. "Duke" Cunningham was convicted for was an elaborate one, with perks that famously included a yacht named the Duke-Stir. He served more than seven years in prison, after spending eight terms in Congress.

Special Election To Replace Sen. Lautenberg Set For Oct. 16

Lautenberg, a Democrat, died on Monday. New Jersey's Republican governor says his state's voters should determine who will be the senator's successor. Christie will only name someone to serve in the interim.

Room Upgrades, Videos & A 'Star Trek' Parody: Read IRS Audit

An inspector general's report takes aim at how the IRS spent its money at a 2010 conference. It concludes the agency could have spent less than the $4.1 million it expended.

Local Army Captain Claims Racial Harassment At Hands Of Fellow Soldiers

An African American Army captain reported a racial incident to his superiors—but it only led to more harassment.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Apologizes To Protesters

Bulent Arinc said the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters was "wrong." But he said his government would not apologize to those who "create destruction."

Alleged Cell Phone Thief Caught After Victim's Phone Rings In Pocket

Police in Ocean City arrested a Washington man after a phone he stole rang in his pocket, giving him away to police.

Taxicab Driver Killed In Adams Morgan, Two Arrested

Two suspects allegedly killed a taxicab driver and exchanged gunfire with police early Tuesday morning in Adams Morgan.

That Employee Who Smokes Costs The Boss $5,800 A Year

A worker's smoke breaks cost an employer even more than the increased costs of health care. Some employers charge higher health insurance premiums to employees who smoke or refuse to hire them altogether.

Rubber Ducky, You're (Not) The One. Hong Kong Quacker Spawns Others

The beloved six-story, yellow rubber ducky that's been bobbing around in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has inspired companies to launch their own ducks in a number of mainland Chinese cities.

Judge Accepts James Holmes' Insanity Plea In Colo. Shootings

The next step is a mental evaluation of Holmes that could take months. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70, when he allegedly opened fire at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo.

D.C. Council To Vote On Bill Establishing Health Exchange

The city's legislators will vote on a bill that would establish a health insurance exchange as mandated by the federal health care overhaul by 2015.

In Philly, Lo Mein Is Going Low Sodium

Philadelphia is working with about 200 takeout restaurants, providing free cooking lessons and tips on adding flavor without salt. The training has helped restaurants cut the sodium in popular dishes by up to 20 percent.

Jill Kelley Files Suit Against Feds Over Petraeus Scandal

Kelley alleges that the government violated her privacy by searching her private emails and disclosing information to the media. Kelley's complaints to the FBI sparked the investigation that eventually led to the resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus.

At IRS Hearing: Talk Of 'Jackboot Of Tyranny'

Representatives of conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS tell Congress about the delays and demands they encountered when applying for tax-exempt status.

Virginia Officials Again Face Skeptical Reaction To Bi-County Parkway

Hundreds of residents packed an auditorium in Manassas on Monday night to express their concerns with a proposed north-south roadway connecting Prince William and Loudoun counties.

The French Learned To Make Wine From Italians 2,400 Years Ago

These days, French vintners are globally renowned for their fine wines. And now, thanks to some nifty molecular archaeology, we know they picked up those winemaking skills from some helpful ancient Italians as early as 425 B.C.

Maryland Moves To Cut 60% Of Bus Service Along Intercounty Connector

Maryland officials say that not enough people ride the buses traveling along the ICC, but critics of the proposed service cuts say that the state is pulling a bait-and-switch.

16 Americans Among Nonprofit Workers Convicted In Egypt

They were accused of interfering with the government. Employees of non-profit groups that promote democracy and take on other issues, they deny that charge. Fifteen of the Americans were tried in absentia. The 16th received a two-year prison sentence. He plans an appeal.

AP: Top Obama Officials Use Secret Email Accounts

Officials defended the practice, saying it helps appointees separate email. But open government groups worry it'll lead to a less accountable administration.

Lululemon's Pants Return With 'More Fabric Across The Bum'

When some pants allowed too much to be seen, the clothing company pulled them from store shelves. Now it's made some design changes. But Lululemon still cautions that proper fit is critical: "If you stretch a knit fabric far enough, it will go sheer."

Is Syria's Bashar Assad Getting The Upper Hand?

Since the Syrian uprising began, the opposition often seemed to have the momentum. But that dynamic seems to have changed recently. President Bashar Assad remains defiant and his army seems to be faring better, with help from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.

Another Report Shows Home Prices Taking A Big Jump

Prices were up 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, according to the data trackers at CoreLogic. It's the latest sign of the housing sector's recovery.

Pistorius Murder Trial Postponed Until August

Prosecutors asked for more time to prepare the case against the Olympic star, accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Top Stories: 'Deacon' Jones Dies; IRS Hearings Resume

Also: An American woman is reportedly gang-raped in India; wildfires continue to test firefighters in Southern California; the president is expected to fill some key court vacancies; and Turkey braces for more protests.

Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It

Also: Leon Panetta is writing a book; Alexander McCall Smith buys some islands.

Reports: American Woman Gang-Raped In India

Police are looking for three men. The woman reportedly accepted their offer of a ride and then was attacked after being driven to a secluded spot in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. A spate of brutal crimes against women has sparked outrage in India.

VIDEO: Kid's Salute Turns Cymbal Crash Into Symbolic Victory

When 13-year-old Andrew Pawelczyk's cymbal went flying during a junior high band's playing of the national anthem, he thought for a moment about what to do. Then he turned to the flag. Now the video of his salute is going viral.

'Deacon' Jones, The NFL's Original Sackmaster, Dies

As a defensive lineman with the Los Angeles Rams in the '60s, Jones was one of the "fearsome foursome." He's also credited with coining the word "sack" for what's done to a quarterback when he's tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Jones is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.