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  1. Disaster Massive Tornado Hits Moore, OK CNN

    1. Massive Tornado Hits Moore, OK

    A suburb near Oklahoma City was ravaged by a tornado Monday that some estimates put at nearly a mile wide (some onlookers put that size at closer to two miles) and that witnesses say more closely resembled a giant black wall of destruction than a typical twister. The tornado, which struck the community of Moore, was “ripping apart homes” and devastating everything in its path, according to CNN. Entire blocks of homes were destroyed, as well as several schools. A local news station, KFOR, said it was likely the most destructive tornado ever. The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City area, where more tornadoes could touch down. It’s the second day in a row of severe tornadoes in Oklahoma.

    May 20, 2013 5:09 PM

  2. Destruction 51 Dead in OK Tornadoes Sue Ogrocki/AP

    2. 51 Dead in OK Tornadoes

    The Oklahoma tornado that struck the city of Moore ravaged two local elementary schools, delivered a “direct hit” on Briarwood Elementary School, in particular, according to local officials. At nearby Plaza Towers Elementary School, students from grade 4-6 were moved to a nearby building before the tornado arrived and are reportedly all accounted, but grades K-3 were still in the building. As many as 75 children may have been in the school when the storm arrived. "Students were told to go into the hallways and they were literally hugging the walls; teachers laying on top of kids,” said one KFOR reporter. The station reports that the bodies of seven children have been recovered and 20-30 more children are believed to still be inside the building. Rescue teams don't expect to find more survivors. So far, the AP reports that at least 51 are confirmed dead because of the tornado.

    May 20, 2013 7:18 PM

  3. NOT A GOOD LOOK Apple Accused of Tax Evasion Andy Wong

    3. Apple Accused of Tax Evasion

    Has Apple been gaming the tax system? A bipartisan Senate panel filed a report Monday claiming the company avoided paying U.S. taxes on $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012. The report claims Apple has used offshore subsidiaries to cut some of its tax rates to .05 percent, one of which reportedly netted $30 billion from 2009 to 2012 but paid no income taxes to the U.S. or any other government. Another affiliate reportedly received $74 billion in sales income for four years but paid taxes “on only a tiny fraction of that income,” the report reads. Apple said it paid $6 billion in federal corporate income taxes during its 2012 fiscal year and expects to pay $7 billion in 2013, which would make it “likely the largest corporate income tax payer in the U.S.” CEO Tim Cook will testify in tomorrow’s hearing.  


    May 20, 2013 6:22 PM

  4. It’s Cool Mayer Hints Porn Can Stay on Tumblr Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

    4. Mayer Hints Porn Can Stay on Tumblr

    Yahoo might have just upped its cool quotient—or at least CEO Marissa Mayer did. Speaking to investors on Monday morning, Mayer indicated that X-rated content on Tumblr would not be scrapped in Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of the media network. She stressed that Yahoo wants to “let Tumblr be Tumblr,” even if that means Tumblr content is “not as brand safe as the rest of Yahoo,” and that the tech giant would focus on balancing user and advertiser interests. In other words, Yahoo will ensure that certain marketers’ brands won’t end up on accounts like “Red Hot Porn” and “Secretary Sex.” She also indicated that some of the NSFW content—or at least the network’s diversity of content—is “exciting” and will be a good thing for Yahoo because it allows the company to “reach a far wider audience.”  

    May 20, 2013 12:25 PM

  5. DELICIOUS COMBO GrubHub, Seamless Merge Ocean/Corbis

    5. GrubHub, Seamless Merge

    It certainly is the day for mergers. Two of the U.S.’s largest online food-delivery services, GrubHub and Seamless, announced on Monday that they will combine into one company. GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney will become CEO of the new joint operation, and Seamless CEO Jonathan Zabusky will be president. GrubHub, based in Chicago, has about 350 employees, while New York–based Seamless totals about 300. And the two companies are certainly moneymakers: they had a combined revenue of about $100 million in 2012. The merger will help fight off competition from newer startups, as well as cover the growing number of restaurants that want to use their services. There is no name yet for the joint venture.

    May 20, 2013 2:59 PM

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    6. Fox News Reporter Could Face Charges

    Note to the Justice Department: Fox News was already paranoid, so spying on one of the network’s reporters might just feed into that. According to The Washington Post, the Department of Justice examined Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails, phone records, and visits to the State Department in order to investigate a leak of classified information. Rosen came to the attention of the DOJ after writing an article about CIA analysis of how North Korea might respond to sanctions. The DOJ traced the leak back to State Department worker Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who now faces charges for leaking intel. Unlike the AP investigation, however, the reporter may also face charges as a “co-conspirator.”

    May 20, 2013 11:39 AM

  8. NOT A JEDI MIND TRICK ‘Star Wars’ Gets Animated Series Lucasfilm/Warner Bros. Pictures, via AP

    7. ‘Star Wars’ Gets Animated Series

    The next Star Wars installment doesn’t hit theaters until 2015, but the Jedis will return in an animated TV series premiering in fall 2014. Disney has greenlighted Star Wars Rebels, with a one-hour pilot already in production at Lucasfilm that will premiere on the Disney Channel before debuting as a full series on Disney XD. The new series will reportedly explore the 19 years between Episode II and Episode IV, “a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape,” in the words of the studio. But don’t expect any other plotlines in advance. “Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point,” Disney and Lucasfilm said in a statement.  

    May 20, 2013 1:56 PM

  9. Money Talks Public TV Tries to Placate Koch David Koch speaks in Washington, DC. (Carrie Devorah, WENN / Newscom)

    8. Public TV Tries to Placate Koch

    What does $23 million in donations to public television get you? A lot more than a tote bag, according to The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer. A New York public television outlet, WNET, went to great lengths to placate conservative industrialist David Koch as PBS aired an Alex Gibney documentary on income inequality that focused on the conservative billionaire. The president of WNET called Koch and offered to let him film a roundtable discussion that would air after the documentary, among other conciliatory gestures. The controversy reportedly also prompted PBS to back off another Koch-focused documentary in the pipeline. All the placation didn’t work: Koch resigned from his position on WNET’s board and reportedly canceled a large donation. Also, according to Koch’s doorman, Koch’s philanthropy doesn’t extend to tips. “We would never get a smile from Mr. Koch,” he says in the Gibney film. “Fifty-dollar check for Christmas, too—yeah, I mean, a check! At least you could give us cash.”

    May 20, 2013 10:35 AM

  10. Media Moves NBC Names Woman to Head News Division NBC, via AP

    9. NBC Names Woman to Head News Division

    She’s no Avery Jessup in 30 Rock, but in real life, Deborah Turness is just as good. NBC on Monday named Turness, the former editor of Britain’s ITV News, as chief of the news division. She will be replacing Steve Capus, who resigned earlier this year. Turness comes to NBC News at a time of great tumult—the former prize of the news division, Today, has slipped in the ratings as anchor Matt Lauer’s star has dimmed. NBC’s Nightly News is still the top-ranked news broadcast, but anchor Brian Williams suffered a setback when his newsmagazine show, Rock Center, was abruptly canceled earlier this month. Turness, who had worked with NBC in a partnership with ITV, called the job “the greatest imaginable honor.” She will start in August.

    May 20, 2013 1:33 PM

  11. Simon's Angels? New ‘X Factor’ Judges: Rowland, Rubio David Becker / Getty Images

    10. New ‘X Factor’ Judges: Rowland, Rubio

    From Destiny’s Child to Simon’s Angel. Kelly Rowland will be one of three women to flank Simon Cowell (Angels to his Charlie?) at the judges table on Season 3 of The X Factor. The singer just reached a deal to join the series, according to Entertainment Weekly. Latin singer Paulina Rubio also signed on as the show’s fourth judge. Both new hires do have some experience judging talent competitions: Rowland previously served as a judge on the U.K.’s version of The X Factor and Rubio on the Mexican version of The Voice. Production on The X Factor begins Tuesday.

    May 20, 2013 8:36 PM

  12. OUCH

    11. Miguel Leg-Drops Fan at Billboard Awards

    The show must go on! That's what singer Miguel was probably thinking after he attempted to leap over the audience at the Billboard Music Awards. Unfortunately, his right leg caught an unsuspecting woman and slammed her head into the stage. “Got caught up in the moment, thank goodness Khyati is okay,” he tweeted after the show. Miguel’s ill-fated leg drop immediately went viral. Billboard’s Tumblr posted a GIF of Miguel and the girl laughing backstage. At least they’re friends now.

    May 20, 2013 10:05 AM

  13. SEEING RED Bieber Booed at Billboard Awards Jason Merritt/Getty

    12. Bieber Booed at Billboard Awards

    Justin Bieber won the Milestone Award at the Billboard Music Awards, and then was booed as he accepted. He took this as a chance to rant about how he is “19 years old and I think I’m doing a pretty good job.” What does Taylor Swift think about Justin and Selena kissing? Meanwhile, it looks like Swift won’t have to write any material about what it’s like to not win awards. The singer took home eight Billboard Awards on Sunday night, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist, and her song, “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together” won Country Song of the Year. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” took home four awards, including Rock Song, Radio Song, and Streaming Song. Rihanna also took home four trophies, sweeping the R&B categories for “Unapologetic” and “Diamonds.”

    May 20, 2013 7:24 AM

  14. TIMELINE Obama Lawyers Knew About IRS Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images

    13. Obama Lawyers Knew About IRS

    What did President Obama know about the IRS scandal and when did he know it? New information from a White House source indicates that the president’s lawyers were informed the week of April 22 that an audit of the IRS would reveal unflattering information. Treasury Department lawyers told Kathryn Ruemmler, chief of the Office of White House Counsel, that an inspector general’s report would show that IRS employees had “improperly scrutinized” conservative organizations. The revelation has fueled criticism that the president, who said he learned of the scandal on May 10, is too lax in his management style.

    May 19, 2013 10:29 PM

  15. STAY CLASSY Report: Drake, Kanye West in ‘Anchorman 2’ Felipe Ramales/Pacific Coast News

    14. Report: Drake, Kanye West in ‘Anchorman 2’

    Could this really be true? Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate were seen filming Anchorman 2 in New York City over the weekend—and also spotted on the set were Drake and Kanye West. Drake was seen sporting a ’70s-style Afro and leather jacket, as was West earlier in the week. Other guest stars include Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, and Harrison Ford. Meanwhile, the first teaser trailer was released—looking remarkably like the leaked one from last year, although with different dialogue. Mark your calendars now: the film is scheduled to open on Dec. 22.

    May 20, 2013 7:25 AM

  16. VIOLENCE Dozens Killed in Iraq Bomb Blasts Hadi Mizban/AP

    15. Dozens Killed in Iraq Bomb Blasts

    At least 26 people were killed and over 100 more injured on Monday in a series of bomb blasts throughout Iraq, the latest in a series of escalating attacks linked to political and sectarian tension. Most of the dead were in Baghdad, where eight separate explosions rocked the capital, hitting bus stations and markets mainly in Shia areas of the capital. No group has taken responsibility for the bombings yet. Monday’s blasts come just one day after 10 police officers were reportedly killed in the northwest, and on Friday, at least 60 people were killed in three separate bombings in Sunni Muslim areas in and around Baghdad.

    May 20, 2013 6:43 AM

  17. BATTLE Syrian Troops Take Rebel Stronghold Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty

    16. Syrian Troops Take Rebel Stronghold

    Syrian troops—according to rebels, with the help of Lebanon’s Hezbollah—pushed deeper on Monday into the rebel stronghold of Qusayr, which has been under control of the opposition for a year. Syrian state media reported that the town, located near the Lebanese border and a key position on the road to Damascus, is now mainly under control of Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Opposition activists said at least 52 of their fighters have been killed in the battle, while 13 Hezbollah fighters were reportedly killed. Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters launched the offensive in Qusayr on Sunday, one day after Assad gave a rare interview—where he insisted his forces are not using “fighters from outside Syria, of other nationalities, and needs no support from any Arab or foreign state.”  It’s unclear how many civilians are trapped in Qusayr, although opposition activists put the number at close to 40,000.

    May 20, 2013 6:46 AM

  18. Slumburbia More Poor People Now Live in Suburbs Charles Briscoe-Knight/Getty

    17. More Poor People Now Live in Suburbs

    The old image of blighted inner cities and affluent suburbs has been inverted. According to a report by the Brookings Institution, more poor people now live in the suburbs than in urban areas. The number of poor people living in suburbs rose by 67 percent in the last decade, far more than it rose in cities. Some of this was movement from cities to suburbs, driven by urban gentrification and the lure of cheap new suburban housing. Some people living in suburbs also fell into poverty as manufacturing jobs left. Social services have struggled to adjust to the shift, as strategies of neighborhood revitalization work less well in the suburbs, where poor people are scattered.

    May 20, 2013 11:32 AM

  19. YAHOOUMBLR Yahoo Pays $1.1B Cash for Tumblr Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty

    18. Yahoo Pays $1.1B Cash for Tumblr

    Facebook has Instagram. Google has YouTube. And soon, Yahoo will have Tumblr. The Internet giant's board unanimously approved a $1.1 billion cash deal to buy the blogging site Sunday. It's a risk for Yahoo, since Tumblr doesn’t really make that much money, though it has been valued at $800 million. The move highlights a growing trend of monster tech companies buying startups to get an edge in the market. Now Yahoo, once considered a prehistoric company, has a thriving social network. Marissa Mayer announced on her own Tumblr page that Tumblr would continue to operate independently and “we promise not to screw it up.” Tumblr founder David Karp also issued a statement on Tumblr, promising its mission to “empower creators to make their best work and get in front of the audience they deserve” isn’t changing.

    May 20, 2013 8:13 AM

  20. SICK NYC Gay Man’s Killer ‘Laughed’ Shooting victim Mark Carson. (Facebook)

    19. NYC Gay Man’s Killer ‘Laughed’

    Prosecutors said Sunday that the man accused of gunning down a gay man in New York City’s Greenwich Village “laughed” as he was arrested. Elliot Morales, 33, allegedly yelled homophobic slurs at Brooklyn resident Mark Carson (pictured at left), 32, early Saturday morning before “executing” him by a single shot to the cheek. “The victim did nothing to antagonize or instigate the shooter,” said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “It was only done because the shooter believed him to be gay.” Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court that they have footage of Morales giving a homophobic rant just 20 minutes before the shooting at a nearby restaurant, and also saying, “Do you know what happened at Sandy Hook?” Morales is being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime.

    May 20, 2013 7:09 AM

  21. TORNADOES Twisters Sweep Through the Plains Bill Waugh/Reuters, via Landov

    20. Twisters Sweep Through the Plains

    A 79-year-old Oklahoma man was killed Sunday night when a tornado touched down on his mobile home in Shawnee, Okla.—one of a series of twisters to sweep through the Plains states as part of a severe weather system that stretched from Texas all the way north to Minnesota. At least 20 more were injured in Oklahoma alone. “It looks like there’s heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour,” said Oklahoma’s Pottawatomie County sheriff, Mike Booth. “It’s pretty bad. It’s pretty much wiped out.” A tornado touched down in Golden City, Mo., early Monday, but the extent of the damage—as well as the number of injuries—was not immediately clear. Another tornado touched down about 30 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa—the first to hit the state in nearly a year.

    May 20, 2013 6:42 AM

  22. TENSE

    21. North Koreans Seized Chinese Boat

    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any tenser around the Korean peninsula. Chinese officials on Sunday asked North Korea to help secure the release of a Chinese fishing vessel taken hostage earlier this month. The boat’s owner, Yu Xuejun, said the captors had asked for ransom of 600,000 yuan, or $100,000. Chinese officials have been seeking the return of the 16-member crew diplomatically, although now might not be the best time: things have been icy between the two former allies since North Korea’s third nuclear test in February. Meanwhile on Monday, North Korea fired its sixth missile in three days—exercises the state news agency said are meant to show defiance against the U.S. and South Korea.

    May 20, 2013 6:49 AM

  23. COME ON NOW Gay Marriage Bill Splits Parliament Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty

    22. Gay Marriage Bill Splits Parliament

    Look, Britain, if France can pass gay marriage, so can you. Prime Minister David Cameron faces a rebellion in his own party on Monday as up to 150 Conservative M.P.s threatened to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage—forcing Cameron to issue grave warnings across the aisle for support. The bill is being tabled by a former Tory minister, Tim Loughton, who opposes gay marriage, and instead has proposed an amendment that would allow for civil unions. Loughton has waged a public battle for his own amendment, claiming—without any real facts to back him up—that same-sex marriage will cost the taxpayers £4 billion in new “survivors” pensions. Labor leader Ed Milibrand could end up the real kingmaker of the bill—and he could gain some real political capital.

    May 20, 2013 7:11 AM

  24. THANKS BUT NO THANKS Seth MacFarlane Not Hosting Oscars Again Kevin Winter

    23. MacFarlane Not Hosting Oscars Again

    Seth MacFarlane didn’t exactly have a peachy time hosting the Oscars last year, so he’s handing the stage over to someone else for everyone to roll their eyes at. “Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again,” MacFarlane wrote Monday on Twitter. Despite his divisive performance, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron both defended him, and he was reportedly asked to host the Academy Awards again in 2014. “Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep,” the Family Guy creator joked. He added that he “highly recommended the job,” calling Zadan and Meron “two of the most talented producers in the business.” And on a final, tongue-in-cheek note reminding us all that next year’s host could be worse, he recommended Joaquin Phoenix for the job.

    May 20, 2013 2:25 PM