Painful memories. Residents of Moore, Okla., paused today to remember the massive twister that destroyed much of the town one year ago. The EF5 tornado killed 24, including nine children, and left a 17-mile path of destruction in its mile-wide wake. Gov. Mary Fallin and Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for a new medical center to replace the one the tornado destroyed. Although some families moved out of the tornado-prone city, many stayed, and others are moving in. Neighborhoods wiped clean 12 months ago are now filled with new homes and families. And businesses contemplating opening in the town before the storm didn’t falter, they just built storm shelters in warehouses and offices.
Going public. Malaysia plans to let the public look at satellite data it used in the search for Flight 370. Family members of the passengers on the missing plane, which disappeared March 8, want to have the data double checked by a third party. The government says calculations using the data showed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off course and ended up in the Indian Ocean while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Authorities believe the plane was flown deliberately off course, but are still investigating the cause of the disappearance. Some family members of passengers hope a review of the data could lead to new search areas the Malaysian government did not consider.
Tragedy in Colombia. The driver of an overcrowded bus that burst into flames in Colombia, killing 32 children, faces manslaughter charges today. Authorities said witness accounts suggested the driver might have left the bus running when he got out to refuel it. The bus was bringing home more than 50 children from Sunday school at a church near the town of Fundacion. A police commander investigating the fire said the driver was operating the bus without a license or mandatory insurance. The 1993 Dodge’s registration papers were also out of date, and the bus was carrying twice the maximum number of passengers allowed.
Tax evasion. Credit Suisse has reached a deal with the Obama administration to settle charges that it helped wealthy Americans evade taxes. The bank will pay a $2.6 billion fine. “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law,” Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference yesterday. “A company’s profitability or market share will never be used as a shield from prosecution or penalty. And this action should put that misguided notion definitively to rest.”