10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
AP Wire
May 20, 2014

1. WHAT LED U.S. TO CHARGE CHINA WITH CYBERSPYING

American officials say China's army and China-based hackers have attacked U.S. industrial and military targets to steal secrets or intellectual property.

2. THAILAND'S ARMY DECLARES MARTIAL LAW

The surprise announcement intensifies the turbulent nation's deepening political crisis.

3. WHICH BANK IS ACCUSED OF HELPING AMERICANS EVADE TAXES

The Justice Department charges Credit Suisse AG with helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through offshore accounts.

4. DEATH THREATS HANG OVER UKRAINE'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Officials accuse pro-Russia gunmen of seizing election commission offices and menacing residents in the east in an effort to derail the vote.

5. DEEP SCARS REMAIN, A YEAR AFTER OKLA. TORNADO

Even the slightest turn in the weather can cause anxiety and fear for elementary school students in Moore, Okla., who lost seven classmates in the twister.

6. WHO WANTS TO HELP FIND ABDUCTED NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS

Some 500 traditional hunters armed with homemade guns and spears say they only need backing from the military to get moving.

7. FOUR MAJOR PHONE CARRIERS OFFERING 911 EMERGENCY TEXTING

Local governments in 16 states are using the technology, and Vermont has become the first to offer it statewide.

8. 'YOOPERS' MAKES MERRIAM-WEBSTER CUT

The nickname for residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is among new additions to the dictionary, along with pop-culture words "hot spot" and "steampunk."

9. 'GODFATHER,' 'ANNIE HALL' CINEMATOGRAPHER DIES

Through much of the 1970s, Gordon Willis was the cameraman relied on by some of Hollywood's top directors.

10. CALIFORNIA CHROME IN BY A NOSE

New York gaming officials OK use of the horse's familiar nasal strip during his upcoming triple-crown bid at Belmont.

Comments

Tri-cities realist

#10 I'll be surprised if our resident New Yorker doesn't decry the special treatment for the privileged, and I will agree with him. Rules are rules. And if the rule needed to change, why wait until the verge of a possible triple crown? Something stinks and it isn't the horse manure.

Vladtheimp

11. Obama Approves Fee Caps For Medical Procedures

"We were promised early and often that ‘healthcare reform’ would stop insurance companies from putting caps on coverage. (That is, an insurer couldn’t decide they aren’t going to spend more than $100,000 a year, or $1 million in your lifetime, on you.)

But these news procedural limits are just caps via the backdoor. And despite the implications of the headline and article, this is not a cap on exotic procedures at elite hospitals. It’s a cap on everyday procedures, like hip replacements. And it will effect most if not all hospitals." http://sweetness-light.com/archi...

"Some experts worry that such a move would surprise patients who pick more expensive hospitals. The cost difference would leave them with big medical bills that they’d have to pay themselves.

That could undercut key financial protections in President Barack Obama’s health care law that apply not just to the new health insurance exchanges, but to most job-based coverage as well." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rund...

12. Feds used donations intended for poor for massages, luxuries for themselves

"Federal employees and a contractor diverted more than $1 million of charitable contributions to spending on themselves for in-office massages, meals at every meeting and other luxuries and unnecessary expenses, a government audit found.

They called themselves "volunteers" and said they needed "motivation" to help the less fortunate, even though some 41 federal workers were being paid full-time salaries to administer just one local chapter of the government's annual workplace charity drive, the Combined Federal Campaign.

They arrived a day early and stayed a day late for annual training conferences in New Orleans and Las Vegas, and paid for room service and pay-per-view movies with donated funds. Then, they adamantly defended their right to do so when questioned by auditors."

"They claimed that restrictions on spending for things like first-class flights didn't apply to donated funds because taxpayer money was not involved.

The whole time they were working on the CFC full-time, these "loaned executives" received full government salaries, and were able to ignore the work they were originally hired by agencies to do." http://washingtonexaminer.com/fe...

Harry Kovaire

When reading your #12, I was wondering "where in the world you find these angels that are going to organize society for us?"

http://youtu.be/RWsx1X8PV_A

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