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  1. MADNESS IN MASSACHUSETTS Boston Commissioner: 1 Suspect Dead Handout

    1. Boston Commissioner: 1 Suspect Dead

    After hours of speculation, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, one suspect wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings is dead after a shootout with police officers. A police officer was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital and is currently in critical condition. The other suspect, described as the man wearing a white hat in surveillance videos, is still at large and is the subject of a massive manhunt. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters early Friday morning, “We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this is a man who’s come here to kill people.” He also warned residents not to venture out of their houses.

    April 19, 2013 3:31 AM

  2. Cambridge Chaos MIT Police Officer Shot, Killed Mario Tama

    2. MIT Police Officer Shot, Killed

    Massachusetts Insitute of Technology went into lockdown Thursday night when an MIT police officer was shot and killed in an incident related to the operation against the Boston marathon bombing suspects. The officer died shortly after being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. An hour later, in nearby Watertown, two suspects engaged officers with heavy automatic gun fire, and threw what appeared to be hand grenades from the car windows. The chase left one officer injured and taken to Beth Israel Hospital. One suspect was reported to be injured and in custody, with another reportedly at large. Officers at the scene were joined by the FBI, SWAT teams, and bomb-diffusing robots.

    An iPhone camera captured an intense gunfight that turned suburban Boston into a warzone.

    April 19, 2013 2:20 AM

  3. DEVASTATION Death Toll Rises in TX Explosion Firefighters near apartments destroyed by plant explosion in West, Texas. (LM Otero/AP)

    3. Death Toll Rises in TX Explosion

    A day after a massive fertilizer-plant explosion ripped through West, Texas, officials are still searching for survivors and answers. The exact number of casualties is still unknown, as officials are refusing to estimate a death toll. It's been rumored that as many as 40 people were killed in the blast, with the mayor of West saying earlier Thursday the blast killed at least 14. More than 160 are reportedly injured. Search crews continue to pick through the rubble in hopes of finding survivors. Waco doctors say they are treating mostly blast injuries, not chemical ones, but police warned the situation is still volatile due to the lingering ammonium nitrate.

    Watch shocking home video of the explosion.

    April 18, 2013 10:45 PM

  4. MARATHON MEMORIAL Obama: ‘Boston Is Our Home’ Pres. Obama during interfaith service in Boston on Thursday. (Susan Walsh/AP)

    4. Obama: ‘Boston Is Our Home’

    In a moving interfaith service Thursday, President Obama joined city and church dignitaries to honor the victims of the marathon bombings early this week. Hundreds gathered outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End, where Obama addressed the city on behalf of the American people: “Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city ... Because after all, it’s our beloved city too.” The president spoke about the remarkable unity and spirit of the city in the wake of the attack and the country’s resolve to bring those behind the attack to justice. He also touted the heroes who ran toward danger during the attack. “This time next year, the world will return to this great American city to run harder and cheer louder for the 118th Boston Marathon,” he concluded, adding, “Bet on it.”

    April 18, 2013 11:42 AM

  5. Wanted Images of Boston Bombing Suspects Revealed FBI/AP

    5. Images of Boston Bombing Suspects Revealed

    The FBI made an appeal for help finding two suspects in the Boston bombings in a press conference Thursday and revealed photos and videos of the two men. Special agent Richard DesLauriers explained that two men, one wearing a white hat and the other wearing a dark hat, were seen walking together toward the finish line of the marathon with black backpacks on—matching the types of bags found at the bombing site. The second suspect set down one backpack in front of a restaurant. Photos and videos of the suspects are being uploaded to fbi.gov, and the public and media are encouraged to study and spread the photos. The suspects are considered "armed and extremely dangerous" and only law enforcement officials should approach them. Anyone with information about the suspects is encouraged to visit bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

    The FBI has released surveillance video of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects.


    April 18, 2013 5:06 PM

  6. to-do list Reid Freezes Gun Bill Thomas Cooper / Getty Images

    6. Reid Freezes Gun Bill

    When it comes to Congress, there’s no day like tomorrow. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that gun control legislation will be put aside as the Senate takes “a pause” on the bill. President Obama’s effort to curb gun violence was defeated in the Senate yesterday. On the Senate floor Thursday, Reid pledged to come back to the bill, saying, “Yesterday President Obama said it was a shameful day for the Senate, and it probably was, I agree. But we should make no mistake: this debate is not over, in fact this fight is just beginning.”

    April 18, 2013 3:45 PM

  7. JUST SAY NO Ricin Letter Suspect Charged Officials outside home of Curtis in Corinth, Mississippi, on Wednesday. (Michael H. Miller/AP)

    7. Ricin Letter Suspect Charged

    Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man accused of mailing ricin-positive letters to the president—and other national leaders—has been formally charged, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The 45-year-old part-time Elvis impersonator sent the poison-filled letters in hopes of exposing what he believed to be a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market. Curtis's letters, intended for President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), were intercepted before arrival. Officials confirmed Thursday that both letters had tested positive for ricin.  “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance," Curtis wrote.

    April 18, 2013 1:00 PM

  8. Far Out New Habitable Planets Discovered David A. Aguilar/Center for Astrophysics

    8. New Habitable Planets Discovered

    Does this mean we can start packing our bags? NASA astronomers have discovered two planets with ideal conditions for life—that is, they're just the right size and just the right distance from their star. Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, fraternal twin planets discovered through NASA’s Kepler telescope, are the most likely candidates for habitable planets that scientists have discovered so far. Kepler-62e is likened to a warm Hawaiian world, and Kepler-62f is similar to Alaska's climate, according to the journal Science, where the discoveries were published Thursday. A third planet, which orbits the star Kepler-69, was also found in the habitable zone of its star. Only catch is the closest planet is 1,200 light-years away, meaning we're unlikely to phone home anytime soon. 

    April 18, 2013 6:30 PM

  9. YOURS FOR LIFE Google Glass Resale Forbidden Google employee wearing Google Glass in June 2012. (Mathew Sumner/Getty)

    9. Google Glass Resale Forbidden

    If you don’t like your $1,500 Google Glass specs, tough luck—you’re stuck with them. Google is barring anyone who purchases the limited-edition computer eyewear from hawking it on eBay, as one sorry fellow did today, or even so much as loaning it to a friend unless you want it to self-destruct. The company’s draconian terms of service state that “Google reserves the right to deactivate the device” if users resell or loan it to anyone else, and that “neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to refund, product support, or product warranty.” That’s right, Google has control over every bit of software you purchase from the company. Get used to it.

    April 18, 2013 1:27 PM

  10. photographic memory Iconic Boston Victim ID’d Suspect Charles Krupa/AP

    10. Iconic Boston Victim ID’d Suspect

    The wheelchair-bound man being rushed to safety in a now-iconic photo may have lost his legs in the Boston bombing, but he didn't lose his memory. Jeff Bauman says he was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the marathon's finish line when a man in a cap, sunglasses, and black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt dropped a bag at his feet. Minutes later, the bag exploded. His brother Chris says Jeff asked for a pen and paper immediately upon waking up, and wrote the words "bag, saw the guy, looked right at me." He gave the FBI a description, which helped them narrow down their search to the two suspects released Thursday.

    April 18, 2013 11:00 PM

  11. EARLY DEATH Reuters Accidentally Publishes Soros Obit Axel Schmidt / AFP-Getty Images

    11. Reuters Accidentally Publishes Soros Obit

    Sorry, George Soros, Reuters has a few questions about your mortality. On Thursday evening the news site accidentally published its predrafted obituary for the wealthy investor. “George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions,” the article begins. Reuters tweeted that the story had been deleted shortly after it was noticed, but as of 30 minutes later, the page was still active.

    April 18, 2013 6:03 PM

  12. 'Be Who You Are' Brittney Griner: I’m Gay Tony Gutierrez/AP

    12. Brittney Griner: I’m Gay

    As the first pick in Monday’s WNBA draft, former Baylor University basketball star Brittney Griner knows she’s going to be a role model—and it’s a job she takes very seriously. Griner openly discussed being gay in interviews with the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, matter of factly acknowledging that she’s a lesbian and saying that she hopes to work with kids who are bullied because of their sexuality. “Just be who you are,” she said. “Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”

    April 18, 2013 1:56 PM

  13. LET THERE BE LIFE U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Drops Emma Kim/Cultura, via Corbis

    13. U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Drops

    Take that, Ireland. The United States’ infant mortality rate dropped 12 percent from 2005 through 2011, a steady decline that researchers say may be due in part to fewer premature births. The dip is welcome news after rates leveled off from 2000 to 2005, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the most surprising improvements were in Southern states—Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolnina, and South Carolina—which have long been plagued with higher infant mortality rates than the rest of the country’s. The rate dropped by more than 20 percent from 2005 to 2010 in all four states.

    April 18, 2013 8:38 AM

  14. FINANCE DRAMA Lagarde to Appear in Court Virginia Mayo / AP Photo

    14. Lagarde to Appear in Court

    It’s been a busy week for IMF head Christine Lagarde. On the eve of the twice-yearly, high-level IMF and World Bank meetings, The New York Times and Reuters report that Lagarde is set to appear before a French magistrate on May 23 in connection with an arbitration payment made to a billionaire supporter of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. The investigation was first opened in 2011 and Lagarde has never been summoned for questioning, though her apartment was searched by authorities last month.

    April 18, 2013 1:26 PM

  15. STARZ Hathaway Not Most Hated Celeb Paltrow on April 4 in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    15. Hathaway Not Most Hated Celeb

    Annie suffered enough. The Anne Hathaway haters club is now officially a disparate group, with poor Gwyneth Paltrow taking over the dubious title of  “most hated celebrity in Hollywood”—at least according to Star magazine. Whether it’s her zealous veganism or the bad-mother rumors that have been swirling ever since she put her whole family on the “elimination diet,” Gwynnie now tops Star’s “most hated” list for being “arrogant” and “pretentious.” Paltrow landed ahead of 20 other celebrities, including Kristen Stewart, Hathaway, and even Chris Brown—because apparently being “goopy” is more loathsome than being an abusive, misogynistic jerk.

    April 18, 2013 8:46 AM

  16. Read This Giffords Writes Scathing Gun Op-Ed Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    16. Giffords Writes Scathing Gun Op-Ed

    Obama is angry—Gabrielle Giffords is even angrier. Shortly after a Senate filibuster shut down legislation that would have tightened background checks on gun purchases, the former congresswoman published a fiery op-ed in The New York Times in which she excoriates "a minority of senators" who "made their decision based on political fear and cold calculations about the money of special interests." Giffords says she "will not rest" until the shameful wrong of the "cowardice these senators demonstrated" is righted. 

    April 17, 2013 9:17 PM

  17. BOSTON BLASTS Nurse: Campbell Didn’t Die Alone Memorial for Campbell in Medford, Mass. on Wednesday (Jared Wickerham/Getty)

    17. Nurse: Campbell Didn’t Die Alone

    A courageous nurse who fought to save Krystle Campbell—one of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon blasts—would like to send her family a message: she did not die alone. Stephen Segatore, who works in the Tufts Medical Center ICU, was volunteering at a tent near where the bombs detonated when EMTs rushed 29-year-old Campbell inside. Segatore says he spoke to her before she died, telling her he would take care of her and keep her safe. After 10 minutes of CPR, Campbell succumbed to her injuries—wounds that were “too great” to overcome, he says. Still, Segatore hopes the knowledge that he was there in her final moments will offer even a tiny bit of solace to her parents. “I don't think she lingered. I don't think she suffered," he said. "If it were my daughter, I would want to know that."

    Watch a roundup of some of Boston's everyday heroes.

    April 18, 2013 7:11 AM

  18. IN COLD BLOOD Ex-Judge's Wife Arrested for Texas DA Murders Tony Gutierrez/AP

    18. Ex-Judge's Wife Arrested for Texas DA Murders

    The wife of a disgraced ex-judge was arrested after admitting Wednesday that she aided her husband in killing  a north Texas district attorney, his wife, and an assistant prosecutor. Kim Lene Williams was arrested just four days after her husband, Eric Lyle Williams, who was taken in Saturday. The two murdered prosecutors worked to convict Eric of stealing computer monitors from a county building in 2011. Investigators broke open the case this weekend, when they discovered a storage unit linked to Eric that contained 20 guns and a car that matched the one used in at least one of the killings. District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead in their home March 30, just two months after Kaufman County assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse was gunned down.

    April 18, 2013 8:00 AM

  19. TRENDING Twitter Launches #Music App Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty

    19. Twitter Launches #Music App

    After testing its new music-discovery app on the likes of Ryan Seacrest and Jason Mraz, Twitter #Music is now officially available to the public. On Thursday the company officially unveiled the app, which users can download via Apple’s App Store or on the Web at music.twitter.com. #Music helps you find jams that are trending on Twitter in addition to other music based on the bands you follow. The app also features a #NowPlaying tab which, similar to Spotify, shows songs your friends are listening to and tweeting about—Justine Timberlake, for instance.

    April 18, 2013 9:58 AM

  20. MY TURN Mark Kelly: What the Senate Did Was Wrong J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    20. Mark Kelly: What the Senate Did Was Wrong

    Following the Senate’s failure to pass the gun-control bill Wednesday, Mark Kelly—the husband of former representative Gabby Giffords—urged those fighting for stricter gun control to perservere. “What the Senate did yesterday was wrong. We’re angry, but we’re going to focus on getting this done,” he said. “This about building a more perfect union and protecting the general welfare.” Kelly said he was inspired not only by his wife, but “the passion of total strangers” who are standing behind them. Kelly insisted that he and his wife will not give up until stricter gun legislation is in place. Quoting Gabby, he said, “If Congress will not act, then we will have to change who is in Congress.”

     

     

    April 18, 2013 10:23 AM

  21. HORRIFIC ACCIDENT Police Search for Survivors at TX Plant Firefighters near apartments destroyed by plant explosion in West, Texas. (LM Otero/AP)

    21. Police Search for Survivors at TX Plant

    The search for survivors at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, continued Thursday following a massive blast that killed as many as five and injured 160. The blast, which erupted around 8 p.m., was allegedly triggered by a fire at the plant. After conducting door-to-door searches in the area early Thursday, rescue workers turned to the rubble itself to search for survivors. Experts worry that flames still smoldering in the leveled plant may set off further explosions as well as the emission of hazardous gases into the town, roughly half of which was evacuated overnight. A spokesman for the Texas Public Department of Safety said the damage was comparable to the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City.

    April 18, 2013 12:00 PM

  22. FALSE ALARM

    22. Navy Confirms White Powder Not Toxic

    Just hours after the U.S. Justice Department charged the suspected ricin-letter sender, officials at a Navy facility in Arlington, Virginia, received a letter containing a “suspicious substance.” Just a few miles from the Pentagon, the envelope—received at Navy Building #12—contained a “white powder,” alarming enough to push authorities to evacuate the entire building. Roughly 800 people were forced to exit. As of Thursday afternoon, officials announced they were confident that the powder was not toxic, and said the Navy building would soon reopen. Whether the letter is connected to Paul Kevin Curtis’s stunts is unknown.

    April 18, 2013 11:53 AM

  23. FRENCH COURT Faulty-Breast-Implant Trial Continues Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

    23. Faulty-Breast-Implant Trial Continues

    The founder of a controversial French breast-implant company is heading to trial for a second day, facing charges of “involuntary injury” from multiple women who claim his product caused them endless suffering. Jean-Claude Mas, the head of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), first came under fire after a French woman with his implants succumbed to cancer in 2010. While a study by the British Department of Health was unable to connect the implants to cancer, it exposed a “high rupture rate,” which results in severe silicone leakage. One woman testifying told CNN her goal in the trial was to “make him (Mas) understand all he’s made us suffer, everything we’ve felt in the past three years because of him.”

    April 18, 2013 9:21 AM

  24. ‘YOU DESERVE IT’ Woman on Trial in Severed-Penis Case Catherine Kieu. (Orange County District Attorney/AP)

    24. Woman on Trial in Severed-Penis Case

    The trial has begun for the Southern Californian woman who cut off her husband’s penis in July 2011, allegedly yelling, “You deserve it,” before throwing it in the garbage disposal. According to police, Catherine Kieu drugged her husband with sleeping-pill-laced tofu, tied him up to their bed, cut off his penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife, and then chopped it up in the kitchen sink disposal (needless to say, nothing was reattached). “She murdered me that night,” Kieu’s husband said in court Wednesday, and added, “I will never have a sex life again.” The victim, whose name has not been released because of the sexual nature of the case, was able to have surgery that allows him to urinate. Kieu, who was arrested and charged with “aggravated mayhem” for the incident, faces life in prison if convicted.

    April 18, 2013 7:43 AM

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  26. HIT THE ROAD, PERVEZ Musharraf Flees Pakistani Court Former president Musharraf leaving court on Wednesday. (Anjum Naveed/AP)

    25. Musharraf Flees Pakistani Court

    Who says you can’t go home? Islamabad. Less than a month after returning to his native Pakistan—after five years of exile—former president Pervez Musharraf was seen fleeing court in Islamabad after his bail request was denied. The decision foils the former leader’s plans to contest at least three criminal charges against him—including accusations that he illegally confined more than 60 judges. The former leader of Pakistan fled to London and Dubai after a forced resignation in 2008.

    April 18, 2013 7:08 AM

  27. MEMORIAL Obama Arrives in Boston Pres. Obama in briefing room on Monday. (Win McNamee/Getty)

    26. Obama Arrives in Boston

    President Obama and the first lady arrived in Boston Thursday morning for an interfaith memorial service at 11 a.m., as the hunt for the person responsible for Monday’s attack continues. Obama will dedicate remarks “to those who were gravely wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon,” according to a White House briefing. Throughout his tenure as president, Obama has traveled four times to cities reeling from intense violence, though all previous trips have followed mass shootings. Thursday’s service comes on the heels of a “shameful day for Washington,” as the president put it, after Senate Republicans filibustered a majority of his gun-control proposals Wednesday.

    April 18, 2013 7:46 AM

  28. NEW DETAILS Ricin Letter Suspect Arrested Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

    27. Ricin Letter Suspect Arrested

    Federal officials say an arrest has been made right after the president was sent ricin-positive letters Wednesday. The suspect is reportedly named Paul Kevin Curtis, of Corinth, Mississippi. The arrest comes just one day after a mysterious letter sent to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker was also found to contain ricin. The FBI says both letters are postmarked April 8, 2013, out of Memphis, and contain an identical phrase: “to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.” Both letters are signed: “I am KC and I approve this message.”

    April 17, 2013 8:00 PM