A fatal tornado in Oklahoma leaves one dead; Iraq endures multiple car bomb attacks; Obama’s Counsel was informed of IRS Audit findings in April; the Syrian army pushes farther into Qusayr; Yahoo buys Tumblr; and China asks North Korea to return a seized boat and its 16-man crew. Meanwhile, Drake and Kanye West will guest star in ‘Anchorman 2,’ and Justin Bieber is booed at the Billboard Music Awards.
Caitlin + Alexis
Tornadoes hit Plains, Midwest; 1 dead in Okla., http://usat.ly/12FRcQP
A 79-year-old man was killed Sunday night when a tornado hit his mobile home in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The tornado was part of a larger severe weather system made up of many different tornadoes. At least twenty more people in Oklahoma were injured. Storms are expected to continue today.
Car bomb attacks kill dozens in Iraqi cities, http://bbc.in/12FYtQG
A string of car bomb attacks in central and southern Iraq has left at least 54 dead and many more injured. Baghdad experienced the worst of the attacks, enduring nine explosions in many Shia Muslim districts of the city.
Obama’s Counsel Was Told of IRS Audit Findings Weeks Ago, http://on.wsj.com/17RmAQR
During the week of April 22, the Treasury Department attorneys informed the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, that an inspector general’s report was nearing completion. Ms. Ruemmler had been told that a few IRS employees had targeted conservative groups labeling them with terms such as ‘tea party’ and ‘patriot.’ Many have argued that the president should have been notified of the scandal as soon as it surfaced.
Syrian offensive on Qusayr deepens, http://aje.me/14EWQ5Y
In Syria, 13 Hezbollah fighters and more than 52 opposition activists have died as the Syrian Army continues to push deeper into Qusayr near the Lebanese border. Amidst rumors that President Bashar al-Assad has recruited soldiers from outside of the Syrian borders, he claims that the Syrian military “needs no support form any Arab or foreign state.”
China asks North Korea to free seized boat, http://bbc.in/Z6JT6r
On May 5th, North Korea captured a Chinese fishing boat and its 16-man crew, which it has since been holding captive. China has asked North Korea to free the boat and crew. The North Korean captors has called the boat owner, Mr. Yu, eight times demanding a 600,000 yuan ransom. Chinese diplomats in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, have been working on the issue since May 10th.
Gay marriage: Downing Street pleads with Labour to save bill, http://bit.ly/12MJ9jU
Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron faces opposition in his own party around the issue of gay marriage. On Monday, up to 150 Conservative M.P.s threatened to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country. The bill is being tabled by former Tory minister, Tim Loughton, who does not not support gay marriage. He has proposed a bill to allow for civil unions for same-sex couples, instead. Loughton has waged an argument with an unsupported claim that same-sex marriage would cost taxpayers £4 billion in ‘new “survivors” pensions.’ If Labor leader Ed Milibrand can turn the tables and pass the bill legalizing same-sex marriage, he is on his way to gaining serious political capital.
Yahoo Deal Shows Power Shift, http://on.wsj.com/18VzXP1
It was announced Monday that Yahoo Inc. has agreed to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Yahoo brings staying power and money to the table, while Tumblr offers Yahoo a fast-growing community of users. CEO and founder of Tumblr, David Karp, will remain chief executive throughout the shift in ownership, and Tumblr will continue to be operated as an independent business.
‘Anchorman 2’: New trailer released as Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate spotted filming sequel in New York City, http://nydn.us/15WjsU9
Justin Bieber booed at 2013 Billboard Music Awards, http://cbsn.ws/13Bvknm
A Parking Lot With a Beat, http://nyti.ms/17RIV0w
Decisions, Decisions: Taking Over for Vonnegut, http://nyti.ms/1151Gej
An English actress, transformed by Washington, http://wapo.st/10Dr1Gh