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  1. Jail Mail Ricin Letter Suspect Indicted Kevin Rivoli/AP

    1. Ricin Letter Suspect Indicted

    A 38-year-old man was indicted in Spokane, Washington, Wednesday for sending two ricin-laced letters to a federal judge, one of which also contained threats. Matthew R. Buquet made his first appearance in court after his home was searched on Saturday and he was charged with mailing threatening communication. He faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The two letters were seized last week during a routine screening at a Spokane postal service facility.

    May 22, 2013 9:55 PM

  2. AFTER THE STORM Obama to Visit Oklahoma Mark Wilson

    2. Obama to Visit Oklahoma

    The president will visit to Moore, Oklahoma, on Sunday to survey the damage of the tornado that leveled the town earlier this week, the White House has announced. Obama will meet with families displaced by the storm that has killed 24, injured hundreds more, and razed countless homes, even an entire school. The president will also meet with first responders and other emergency workers who kicked into high gear during and after the storm. Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama has also ordered federal agencies to “provide all available resources” to the state for recovery efforts.

    May 22, 2013 1:58 PM

  3. Life of Crime Tsarnaev Linked to Triple Homicide Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP)

    3. Tsarnaev Linked to Triple Homicide

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston marathon bombing, also played a role in a triple homicide murder in 2011, according to a federal law enforcement official who talked to CNN. Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen who was shot by an FBI agent on Wednesday after a confrontation with officials during an interview, was "about to sign a statement" admitting to his and Tsarnaev's role in the crime, according to ABC News. The homicide took place in 2011 in Waltham, Massachusetts, when three people's throats were slashed. Todashev reportedly told agents that a drug deal went bad and he and Tsarnaev wanted to ensure that the victims would not be able to identify them to police. Todashev has not been linked to the Boston marathon bombings.

    May 22, 2013 10:33 PM

  4. Ballsy Mom Confronted London Terrorists The Telegraph

    4. Mom Confronted London Terrorists

    A 48-year-old woman put her life on the line Wednesday after the brutal beheading of a British soldier in the south London neighborhood of Woolwich, demanding that the killers hand over their bloody weapons. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett jumped off a bus when she passed the scene and tried to check the dead soldier’s pulse. Loyau-Kennett saw that the body was covered in blood, and a “black guy” on the scene with a revolver, a kitchen knife, and an ax. The man said he had killed the soldier “because he killed Muslims in Muslim countries.” Loyau-Kennett then demanded that the man and his accomplice hand over their weapons. “It’s only you versus many people, and you are going to lose,” she reportedly said.

    May 22, 2013 7:40 PM

  5. Confession U.S. Acknowledges Drone Killings J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    5. U.S. Acknowledges Drone Killings

    The first formal acknowledgement that the U.S. ordered the killing of an American in a drone strike was made Wednesday, just one day before President Obama’s anticipated speech on national security. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed in a letter to congressional leaders that four Americans were killed in drone attacks, including Anwar al-Awlaki. The 2011 death of al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim imam, was widely reported by the media as the responsibility of the U.S., but this is the first time that the administration formally acknowledged that he was deliberately killed. The other three Americans “were not specifically targeted,” Holder says.

    May 22, 2013 4:32 PM

  6. SLIPPERY SLOPE? Rumsfeld: Gay Marriage Could Lead to Polygamy Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    6. Rumsfeld Claims Gay Marriage Could Lead to Polygamy

    Even though Donald Rumsfeld opposed “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the former Defense Secretary won’t say whether he supports gay marriage. In an interview with Larry King, Rumseld danced around the question of whether same-sex partners should be allowed to marry and suggested he feared it could lead to polygamy. "You know, I'm, I guess, of a generation that I don't—I wonder—I listened to some of the Supreme Court justices and one of them said, ‘Well what’s next after that? Is it two people, three people?’” he told King. Rumseld also said that he doesn’t equate the fight for gay rights today with the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. 

    May 22, 2013 3:47 PM

  7. RISING Weiner Announces Candidacy Richard Drew/AP

    7. Weiner Announces Candidacy

    Looks like that post-scandal playbook paid off. Ending months of anticipation, New York politician Anthony Weiner made his candidacy for mayor official Tuesday. Despite being burned by his online activities before, Weiner posted a two-minute YouTube video Wednesday morning and updated AnthonyWeiner.com to proclaim “Weiner for Mayor.” In his video announcement, Weiner admits wrongdoing, but says he's “learned some tough lessons.” His campaign, which boasts $5 million in funds, will center on convincing the public that the guy who sent a crotch shot to a young female fan on Twitter is not the man he is today. If the latest poll showing a 49 percent disapproval rating is any indication, he's got a long way to go.

    Watch our annotated version of Anthony Weiner's campaign ad.

    May 22, 2013 6:40 AM

  8. HER LIPS ARE SEALED IRS Official Pleads the Fifth Chip Somodevilla

    8. IRS Official Pleads the Fifth

    You’re going to have to do better than that, Lois. The IRS official at the center of the scandal over the agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups pleaded the Fifth during Wednesday’s hearing. Lois Lerner said she did nothing wrong or illegal and gave no false or misleading information to officials before invoking her constitutional right to remain silent in the face of lawmakers’ questions. Lerner admitted to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups two weeks ago and apologized for its actions. The revelation has implicated the Obama administration for having knowledge of the IRS’s conduct.

    May 22, 2013 10:57 AM

  9. REQUIRED READING Paul Ryan Writing A Book Alex Wong/Getty Images

    9. Paul Ryan Writing A Book

    Everyone knows the first step in your presidential campaign is to write a book. Enter Paul Ryan. The former GOP vice presidential candidate is working on a new tome set to release next year. Ryan, who is so far writing the book himself, is focusing on the theme of American renewal and will offer policy prescriptions to help the Republican Party in the future. The book will also be part autobiographical as it will delve into his childhood in Ohio, his relationship with Jack Kemp, and his time in the House of Representatives.

    May 22, 2013 12:41 PM

  10. CHANGE OF TUNE New ‘Idol’ Judges: Former Contestants? Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    10. New ‘Idol’ Judges: Former Contestants?

    American Idol producers leaked that big changes were under way for next season. Now we’re seeing how big. Past contestants and winners of the reality talent competition are reportedly under serious consideration as new hires for next season’s judging panel, Vulture reports. Sources tell the site that Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have already been approached, while Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also under consideration. It’s unclear how many seats the former contestants will fill at the judges’ table, and Fox publicity has not commented. Plus, it will be months until any news is official, talks could break down, and execs’ minds could still change.

    May 22, 2013 10:47 AM

  11. BELLS Bride Banned From Showing Her Face Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

    11. Bride Banned From Showing Her Face

    Thousands of Hasidic Jews dressed in black gathered in Jerusalem on Tuesday to celebrate the wedding of their future leader, Shalom Rokeach, and—what they could see of—his beautiful, veiled bride. Keeping with ultra-Orthodox Jewish tradition, 19-year-old Hannah Batya Penet was banned from showing her face throughout the entire ceremony. Behind her lace and crystal-encrusted veil, onlookers could see nothing but tiny diamond earrings. Penet's new husband, the grandson of the chief rabbi of Belz, will eventually lead the entire Jewish sect.

    May 22, 2013 9:47 AM

  12. Boston Bombing

    12. FBI Shot Tsarnaev Friend Dead

    The FBI has confirmed that an FBI agent shot and killed a man connected to Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev last night. Ibragim Todashev, 27, was allegedly questioned by the agency about his relationship with Tsarnaev, whom he reportedly knew through martial arts. The FBI said in a statement that agents were interviewing Todashev "when a violent confrontation was initiated by the subject." Todashev was killed, and an agent was injured. Friends of Todashev have confirmed that he was from Chechnya and knew Tamerlan. While the FBI said Todashev is not suspected in the marathon bombing, they are investigating his role in a 2011 triple homicide. One of those victims was also a friend of Tamerlan's.

    May 22, 2013 10:52 AM

  13. LOOK AT THIS EFFING ... Now Hiring: Hipsters Mark Peterson/Corbis

    13. Now Hiring: Hipsters

    Need a job? Hurry, hipster yourself. An ad agency in Pennsylvania called Pavone is getting up close and personal with its job posting: it wants hipsters. “We’re outside New York and DC so we don’t have Hipsters,” the company confesses. “All we have is an office with major clients, real opportunities and easy commutes.” While the job description neglects to include what the actual work entails, it makes sure to again clarify that the current employees are not “actual Hipsters” (yeah, we got it). The company is at least smart enough to admit that finding hipsters will be tough, considering that “Hipsters never admit they're Hipsters.” Ready, set, Catch-22.

    May 22, 2013 7:34 AM

  14. HORRIFYING London Soldier Reportedly Beheaded Dan Kitwood/Getty

    14. London Soldier Reportedly Beheaded

    A soldier was reportedly beheaded in London on Wednesday afternoon, and police said they have shot two suspects, both believed to be Muslim extremists. London Ambulance Services said the victim had died while the two suspects were injured, one seriously. Witnesses said it appeared as if the suspects “were trying to take organs” from the victim, and “they were hacking at the poor guy.” Sources said the suspects yelled “Allahu Akbar," and police sources told the BBC that it's a "fair assumption" that this is a terrorist attack. Prime Minister David Cameron called the attack “truly shocking," and he returned to Britain early from Paris. Home Secretary Theresa May said there will be a meeting of COBRA, the government's emergency committee.

    GRAPHIC: Following the attack, a man wielding a machete with bloodied hands approaches a camera to justify what just happened.

    May 22, 2013 1:18 PM

  15. MIRROR-BALL TROPHY Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Kelsey McNeal/ABC/AP

    15. Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

    Capping off a season filled with blood, sweat, and tears, country-music star Kellie Pickler was crowned the winner of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday night. Pickler, the fan favorite, beat out Disney star Zendaya and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones to capture the “mirror-ball trophy.” The 26-year-old appeared both elated and stunned when the winner was announced—claiming she never imagined she would win. “This is amazing. Oh, my God,” she screamed. Earlier contests included Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and comedian Andy Dick.

    May 22, 2013 7:37 AM

  16. UPRISING Swedish Riots Rage Into Third Day Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

    16. Swedish Riots Rage Into Third Day

    Violence erupted in Stockholm on Tuesday night as one of worst riots in Swedish history raged into a third day. Among the targets in last night’s uprising were a police station, two schools, and an arts-and-crafts center. Although no injuries were reported, at least eight people were taken into custody. The riots—which began Sunday with the burning of an estimated 100 cars—were sparked by the death of a 69-year-old man, killed by police while wielding a machete. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt pleaded with the protesters Tuesday to end the violence. "Everyone must pitch in to restore calm," he told reporters.

    May 22, 2013 9:54 AM

  17. TRAGIC First Tornado Victim ID’d Brett Deering/Getty

    17. First Tornado Victim ID’d

    The first victim from the Oklahoma tornado—out of 24—was identified Tuesday night as 9-year-old Ja'Nae Hornsby, a third-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School. "She was always happy, always smiling ... just happy,” said Hornsby’s aunt. The young victim’s family gathered Tuesday night at their church to pay tribute to their “beautiful child.” Plaza Towers Elementary was decimated by the EF5 tornado, which killed multiple students. The second victim in the tragedy was identified later Tuesday as 65-year-old Hemant Bhonde. He is survived by his wife, from whom he was separated when the tornado hit.

    Jenae Hornsby's father and aunt praise the little girl they lost.

    May 22, 2013 7:10 AM

  18. LETS BE FRIENDS N. Korea Sends Envoy to China Kim Kwang Hyon/AP

    18. N. Korea Sends Envoy to China

    Confirming speculation that Kim Jong-un is anxious to mend ties with China, the North Korean leader reportedly dispatched a “special envoy” to Beijing on Wednesday. Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, the first North Korean official to visit China on behalf of Kim, is a high-profile choice, as the acting director of the General Political Bureau of the North Korean People’s Army. A senior analyst at the Sejong Institute in South Korea confirmed that the meeting suggests there is something “quite urgent” to discuss. Considering that Kim sent his top military official, the agenda likely consists of convincing China—the nation’s only remaining ally—that North Korea’s nuclear-weapon touting is warranted. Good luck.

    May 22, 2013 6:45 AM

  19. HARSH

    19. Judge: TX Lesbian Couple Can’t Cohabit

    A north Texas judge has forbid a lesbian couple from living together, citing a “morality clause” in one of the women’s divorce papers. The clause—ubiquitous in divorce cases—is intended to stop a divorced parent from having a different love interest sleep over while children are in the home. If the lesbian couple was heterosexual instead, they could simply get married to make the clause null. But in Texas, where same-sex marriage isn’t recognized, they’re stuck. As a result of a judge’s ruling Tuesday, Carolyn Compton’s partner, Page Price, will be forced to move out of the home where they currently live with Compton’s two daughters.

    May 22, 2013 7:31 AM

  20. Small Steps Senate Committee OKs Immigration Overhaul Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    20. Senate Committee OKs Immigration Overhaul

    The Senate Judiciary committee approved an immigration overhaul bill Tuesday night after Democrats reluctantly agreed to remove an amendment extenting green cards to partners of gay immigrants. Support for the measure was thin, as even pro–gay rights Democrats refused to back it in an effort to keep the rest of the immigration bill on track. “As much as it pains me, I cannot support this amendment if it will bring down the bill,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. High-profile Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio, threatened to pull their support for the bill if Leahy's amendment went through.

    May 21, 2013 7:58 PM

  21. HOME SWEET HOME Egyptian Soldiers Returned Khaled Elfiqi/EPA/Landov

    21. Egyptian Soldiers Returned

    Seven soldiers kidnapped on the Sinai Peninsula last week have been freed, the Egyptian Army said Wednesday. “They were released thanks to the work of military intelligence and in cooperation with the noble tribal leaders of Sinai,” said an Army spokesman in a statement Wednesday. The men were treated to a royal welcoming by President Mohamed Morsi, who rolled out a red carpet to welcome them at a Cairo military base. The kidnapping was staunchly protested by Egypt, which shut down the Gaza border Saturday in protest. Morsi applauded their successful return as an “example of cooperation,” kissing each of the men as they arrived.

    May 22, 2013 7:05 AM

  22. CLOSE CALL Garcetti Wins L.A. Mayor’s Race Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    22. Garcetti Wins L.A. Mayor’s Race

    The epic two-year Los Angeles mayor’s race is finally over—even though in the end, the voters didn’t really seem to care. Wendy Greuel has conceded the race to Eric Garcetti, sources told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, making Garcetti the next mayor of America’s second-largest city. Garcetti will replace incumbent Antonio Villaraigosa, the city’s first Latino mayor. Despite the historic potential of both this year’s candidates—Garcetti will be the first Jewish mayor and Greuel would have been the first woman—officials estimate that three out of four L.A. residents did not vote.

    May 22, 2013 6:49 AM

  23. LOSING HOPE Search Wanes for Survivors in OK Rick Wilking/Reuters/Landov

    23. Search Wanes for Survivors in OK

    The frantic search for survivors in Moore, Oklahoma, may be coming to a futile end. No new survivors or bodies have been discovered since Monday—the day the deadly EF5 tornado ripped through the town. So far the death count stands at 24, a number revised from an earlier erroneous report of 91. Moore’s mayor, Glenn Lewis, does not expect the death toll to increase. “I think that will stand,” he told reporters. An estimated 2,400 homes were damaged when the mammoth tornado barreled through Oklahoma on Monday, directly impacting 10,000 residents.

    May 22, 2013 6:34 AM