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May 31, 2013

New Yorker Arvind Mahankali wins U.S. spelling bee with ‘knaidel’

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling.

Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed “knaidel,” which comes from German-derived Yiddish.

May 31, 2013

New Yorker wins U.S. spelling bee with ‘knaidel’

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling.

Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed “knaidel,” which comes from German-derived Yiddish.

May 30, 2013

U.S. Spelling Bee winner to be announced on Thursday

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – One of 42 remaining young contestants who coped with nerves and words like “stabilimeter” and “jicama” will on Thursday be named champion of the United States’ Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The hopefuls were winnowed from 281 contestants aged 8 to 14 from across the United States and other countries. They advanced after two rounds of onstage spelling and, for the first time since the contest started in 1927, a computerized test that included vocabulary questions.

May 30, 2013

Nerves, tears, song on stage in U.S. National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – The young contestants in the United States’ Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday relied on coping strategies from prayer to song to cool their nerves as they tackled some of the more obscure words in the English language.

This year’s contest posed a new challenge for the 281 contestants aged 8 to 14. It was no longer enough to be able to spell “jicama,” “weissnichtwo” and “piloncillo.” The contestants also needed to know that the words referred to a root vegetable, an imaginary place and a type of sugar, respectively.

May 29, 2013

Spelling bee youngsters face new test: what’s the word mean?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Young contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee face off on Wednesday with the new challenge of not only having to spell obscure words correctly, but also knowing what they mean.

A total of 281 spellers, aged 8 to 14 and hailing from all 50 U.S. states, will step onto the stage over the next two days to be quizzed on their knowledge of obscure English words.

May 29, 2013

U.S. spelling bee youngsters face new test – what’s the word mean?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Young contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee face off on Wednesday with the new challenge of not only having to spell obscure words correctly, but also knowing what they mean.

A total of 281 spellers, aged 8 to 14 and hailing from all 50 U.S. states, will step onto the stage over the next two days to be quizzed on their knowledge of obscure English words.

May 23, 2013

Oklahoma tornado victims astounded at how they survived

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction.

At least one family took refuge in a bathtub and some people shut themselves in underground shelters built into their houses on Monday when the powerful storm tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

May 22, 2013

Rescuers comb Oklahoma tornado rubble for buried survivors

, May 22 (Reuters) – Rescue workers with sniffer
dogs and searchlights combed through the wreckage of a massive
tornado to ensure no survivors remained buried in the rubble of
primary schools, homes and buildings in an Oklahoma City suburb.

The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened blocks of
the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240 in
Moore, just outside Oklahoma City.

May 22, 2013

Rescuers seek Oklahoma tornado survivors as area eyes recovery

, May 22 (Reuters) – Rescue efforts in the
tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City suburb of Moore continued through
the night into Wednesday morning, with officials increasingly
confident that everyone caught in the disaster had been
accounted for.

The massive tornado that tore through the area on Monday
wiped out blocks of houses, killed at least 24 people and
injured about 240.

May 22, 2013

Whole neighborhoods razed by Oklahoma tornado that killed 24

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Rescuers went building to building in search of victims and thousands of survivors were homeless on Tuesday after a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, wiping out whole blocks of homes and killing at least 24 people.

The death toll was lower than initially feared, but nine children were among the dead, including seven who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit on Monday in the deadliest tornado to strike the United States in two years.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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      1990
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      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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