4:20pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Oklahomans Don't Like Basements

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:39 pm

A heavily damaged home in Moore on Monday. Chances are, it doesn't have a basement.
Joshua Lott AFP/Getty Images

When Randy Keller moved from Texas to the Oklahoma City area seven years ago, he couldn't find the house he was looking for.

"I was moving from Texas, where there are also a lot of tornadoes," says the professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma who experienced the 1970 tornado in Lubbock, Texas. "But I just couldn't find one."

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4:19pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Idaho Terrorism Suspect Waives Detention Hearing

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:55 am

Fazliddin Kurbanov, shown in an undated image provided by the Idaho State Police.
AP

The 30-year-old Uzbek national accused of a terrorist conspiracy in Idaho and Utah waived his right to a detention hearing in Boise on Tuesday, and apparently avoided public disclosure of details of his alleged crimes.

According to a federal court document, an attorney for Fazliddin Kurbanov withdrew his client's request for the hearing. Kurbanov confirmed the decision through an interpreter and agreed to remain jailed pending a July 2 trial date.

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4:04pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Two Key Candidates Barred From Seeking Iran's Presidency

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's candidacy for the country's presidency was rejected Tuesday by the powerful Guardian Council. He's seen here on May 11 registering his candidacy for the June 14 election.
Ebrahim Noroozi AP

Iran's powerful Guardian Council has disqualified two key candidates — a former president and a top aide to the current president — from running in the June 14 presidential election.

The Guardian Council, which vets all candidates, approved eight names Tuesday but left out former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who was handpicked by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mashaei said he would appeal the decision to the country's supreme leader; Rafsanjani did not comment.

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3:49pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Thank You Gifts

Filosofia Caribeña II

Receive a copy of the latest album from John Santos, Filosofia CaribeñaII, at a pledge level of $75 or above.

Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican musicians, master percussionist John Santos has been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for nearly four decades.

Santos presents the second installment of his album Filosofia Caribeña, a project he premiered as part of the 2011 Spring Season featuring his Latin jazz sextet.

As featured on Crosscurrents!

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3:26pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Salt

Nutrition Group Says Chocolate Milk Is OK, No Need For Aspartame

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 1:01 pm

Morgan Barnett, 7, drinks from containers of 1 percent milk and chocolate milk during lunch at a school in St. Paul, Minn., in 2006.
Eric Miller AP

A controversial petition by the dairy industry to allow milk sweetened with aspartame or other alternative sweeteners to be labeled on the front of the carton simply as MILK is drawing criticism from the nation's leading group of nutritionists.

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3:13pm

Tue May 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Former IRS Head To Senate: It Wasn't My Fault

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
Charles Dharapak AP

It was the Senate's turn Tuesday to grill the Internal Revenue Service, or more accurately, former agency officials, about its handling of the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

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2:23pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: Moore Tornado As Seen From Space

A NOAA satellite image of the Moore tornado.
NOAA

When it became clear that the conditions over Moore, Okla. were ripe for a huge tornado, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put its GOES-13 satellite into high gear.

Instead of imaging the earth every 30 minutes, it was doing it every 5 minutes. The images it beamed back are stunning. Here's a time-lapse video that NOAA put together and released today:

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2:14pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Scramble At Moore Medical Center As The Tornado Hit

A Moore Medical Center patient sits in the parking lot after a tornado damaged the hospital on Monday.
Alonzo Adams AP

A massive tornado swept through the Oklahoma City area Monday afternoon, leaving ruin in its path.

Moore Medical Center, which stood directly in the tornado's path, was devastated. But the workers, patients and their families in the hospital escaped.

Nick Stremble, a registered nurse and manager at the hospital, told Shots Tuesday what he saw.

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1:41pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Reporter's Notebook

Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 2:43 pm

Suzanne Hoogendijk, shown here in 2009, hid for two years with her mother in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis.
Margot Adler NPR

When I found out that one of my cousins — now 88 — had hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just like Anne Frank, it was a revelation. It made me want to know more about my cousin's life and story.

"I like to analyze what happens and to put it in writing; that gives you neatness in your head, and that is what I'm after," says my cousin, retired Judge Suzanne Hoogendijk. She was 87 at the time, and was talking about why she loved being a judge. But delving into her personal past was another matter.

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1:40pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Salt

African Cities Test The Limits Of Living With Livestock

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 2:18 pm

Sheep graze in the street last year in Cairo.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

Raising chickens has become so fashionable among some urban Americans that there's now a market for chicken diapers, as we reported this month.

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