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12:31 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado

Gloria and Francisco Sanchez stand in front of their new ranch house, still under construction a year after a tornado destroyed their last home in Moore, Okla.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 8:43 am

A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago Tuesday. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area.

Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Their deaths have sparked efforts to better prepare Hispanic families for storms.

On a windy afternoon in Oklahoma City, American Red Cross volunteer Ivelisse Cruz hands out stickers to families at the Children's Day Festival.

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NPR Story
5:51 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Central Oregon Grapples With Rising Oil Train Safety Risks

This southbound oil train, spotted by people fishing on the Deschutes River, has set off a chain reaction of concerns about oil train safety in Central Oregon.
Courtesy of Friends of the Gorge

A growing number of oil trains are now moving south along Central Oregon's Deschutes River, presenting a new risk for oil spills along one of Oregon’s most iconic rivers and new safety concerns for communities in the region.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, BNSF Railway carried more than 4,300 oil tanker cars through Central Oregon last year –- likely headed to refineries in California. That number grew 58 percent from around 2,700 cars in 2011.

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The Two-Way
4:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty To Helping U.S. Tax Evaders

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department on Monday. Holder announced that Credit Suisse had agreed to pay $2.6 billion in a criminal settlement. With him are IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (left) and Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 5:03 pm

Credit Suisse AG has pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans evade taxes in offshore havens, and the Swiss bank has agreed to pay U.S. authorities $2.6 billion in penalties, the Justice Department has announced.

Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in Washington on Monday that the Swiss bank had "engaged in an extensive and wide-ranging conspiracy ... to help tax cheats dodge U.S. taxes."

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup

Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (front) during a military parade in January. The army has declared martial law amid months of political unrest.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 5:28 pm

Thailand's army has declared martial law less than two weeks after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was thrown out of office by the country's Constitutional Court.

The Associated Press reports:

"The army said in a statement that it had taken the action to 'keep peace and order,' and soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters.

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apply for marriage licenses
4:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Get Hitched in Eugene

Barb Bellows and Pam Irwin lined up to get a marriage license in Eugene.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:38 pm

Dozens of same-sex couples lined up at the Lane County Building in Eugene to apply for marriage licenses Monday afternoon.  Many left work early after a federal judge ruled at noon that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows rushed over to clerk’s office on their lunch break.  

Bellows: “I’d been sitting on the internet, refreshing, waiting for the judgment to come down from the judge.  It was what?  12:03, 12:04?  She sent out an email saying ‘I do.’”  

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charged for allegedly feeding bears
4:10 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Bear-Feeding Case Will Go To Court In A First For Washington

Accused bear feeder Doris Parks created a nine-acre wildlife reserve by buying undeveloped land across the street from her house in Ilwaco, Washington.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:21 pm

A 70-year-old Ilwaco, Washington, woman has been criminally charged for allegedly feeding bears at her house on Washington's Long Beach peninsula. It is believed to be the first time someone has been prosecuted under a relatively new law against feeding large wild carnivores.

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Earthfix
3:28 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

SolarWorld Among Victims of Alleged Chinese Hacking

Entrance to SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company is among victims in a cyberspying campaign the U.S. Department of Justice say Chinese officials used to steal trade secrets.
Oregon Department of Transportation

SolarWorld, a solar panel manufacturer with its U.S. operation in Hillsboro, Oregon, is among the companies listed as victims in an alleged cyberspying campaign carried out by the Chinese government.

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Atlantic Search For 4 British Sailors

The missing yacht Cheeki Rafiki disappeared on Saturday with four experienced offshore sailors aboard.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:21 pm

The first person to sail single-handedly and nonstop around the world has joined others in urging the U.S. Coast Guard to resume a search for four missing British yachtsman who disappeared aboard a 40-foot sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week.

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Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

20 Percent Of Oregon Voters Have Returned Their Ballots

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:28 pm

The latest figures show that nearly 20 percent of Oregon voters have returned their ballots for Tuesday's election. State officials say a significant increase in ballot returns would be needed to stick with historic trends.

More than two million Oregonians are eligible to vote in the May primary, but only about 420,000 ballots have been returned so far. That’s according to online data from the Secretary of State’s Office.

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Shots - Health News
2:57 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk

Alexandra Thompson iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 6:26 pm

Suicide remains a leading cause of death in the United States, especially among teenagers and young adults. Anything that could reduce the toll would be good.

But asking everyone who goes to the doctor if he is considering suicide isn't the answer, according to a federal panel that evaluated the effectiveness of existing screening tools for suicide. They found there wasn't enough evidence to know whether screening the general public helps or hurts.

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