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The White House says the president's council, Kathryn Ruemmler alerted some senior staff members after she learned in late April, inspector general of the Internal Revenue Service was looking into special scrutiny of conservative groups were applying for tax exempt status. But NPR's Craig Windham says Ruemmler decided not to tell president Obama about the audit before a final report was released.
White House press secretary Jay Carney says Ruemmler had only very general information about the then incomplete audit which she passed onto the White House chief of staff and some other senior staffers.
"She also made it clear that it was her view and another shared this view that there was not any need in the situation like this, was an ongoing investigation or audit, that's the president should be notified. "
Carney says it would have been improper for Obama to act until the audit was finished because the preliminary findings of such probes are subject to change.
"There was nothing we could have or should have done about it."
Carney says Obama did act quickly once the audit was released. Several congressional panels have begun their own investigations of the IRS actions. Craig Windham NPR News Washington.
For a second day the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for a large portion of Oklahoma. Kurt Gwartney, with member station KGOU reports authorities are concerned about the increased danger with schools in session and people at work.
Sunday's fatal tornadoes hit at the time when many Oklahomans were home, monitoring the weather and seeking close to the storm shelters. Rick Smith with the National Weather Service says the current situation is different.
"We are on a Monday, and we do have schools in session and people driving home from work and that is a big big concern for us."
Smith says conditions across Oklahoma may even be more volatile against bonding life-threatening tornadoes. Forecasters say the storm system will push east, bringing an increased risk of tornadoes Tuesday to parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. For NPR News, I'm Kurt Gwartney, Oklahoma City.
Now there is a sighting of tornado near New Castle, Oklahoma.
Secretary of state John Kerry is returning to the Middle East this week to press his case for peace talks between Syria's Assad's regime and the opposition. This is US' efforts to end the Syrian conflict are further complicated by Russia's decision to give Syria advanced anti-ship cruise missiles. Earlier Kerry addressed state department trainees about beefing up security for diplomats. He pledged the administration would spare no expense to protect its people overseas.
"We are bringing on more security personnel. We are enhancing our training, we are putting more marines at our high threat diplomatic posts."
Kerry also said he was committed to implementing and expanding on the proposals of an independent review board that investigated last September's deadly attack on a US mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Yahoo is acquiring online blogging forum Tumblr for just over a billion dollars cash. It's been widely described as a bold move by CEO Marissa Mayer to breathe new life into the struggling internet giant.
Before the closing bell, Dow was down 19 at 15,335.
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Gay rights advocates in New York have organized the march and rally tonight. There were responding to an attack in Manhattan over the weekend that police are calling a hit crime. NPR's Joel Rose has more.
Police say Elliot Morales yelled homophobic slurs at a gay man on the street before shooting him once in the head. The victim, 32-year-old Marc Carson, was walking with his companion in Greenwich village on Saturday night. The shooting took place just blocks from the Stonewall Inn, the site of riots in 1969 that helped give rights to the movement for gay rights. Morales is charged with murder as a hit crime and several other accounts. Police say the shooting follows a spate of other recent attacks against gay man in New York. But none of those were deadly. Joel Rose NPR News, New York.
Russia's counter-terrorism agency says it has foiled a terrorism plot in Moscow. The national anti-terrorism committee says special forces killed 2 militants and detainees and detained rather a third person during a raid in a town on the outskirts of Moscow.
United Airlines is flying its 787s again, four months after the planes were grounded because of smoldering batteries, similar problems on other 787s forced other airlines to ground their aircraft as well. United says the plans to restart its 787 international flights June 10th.
At last check on Wall Street, Dow Jones industrial average was down 19 points at 15,335; NASDAQ was off three at 3,495; and the S&P 500 down slightly at 1,669.
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