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11:16 AM, May 15th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, May 15th

  1. Colorado Civil Union Bill Killed: A bill that would have allowed same-sex couples equal rights as married couples was killed on Monday night in a special legislative session. Although the bill had been likely to pass the state’s House of Representatives, Republicans rejected it, claiming the Democrats are trying to use it as an issue before the November elections.
  2. Poll: Romney Leads Over Obama: Mitt Romney lept ahead of President Obama in a new nationwide poll Monday. The New York Times/CBS poll showed Romney at 46 percent and Obama at 43 percent. Last month the poll had found the two tied at 46 percent. 
  3. Rebekah Brooks Charged: Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s onetime deputy, as chief of News International, was officially charged on Tuesday with “perverting justice” in the wide-reaching phone-hacking scandal. Also charged was her husband, Charlie Brooks; the two issued a statement calling the charges a “weak and unjust decision.” 
  4. Greece to Hold New ElectionsGreece will hold a new election at some point in the near future, a spokesperson for President Karolos Papoulias said Tuesday—just nine days after an inconclusive vote. Politicians have failed to form a government, and the uncertainty only prolongs the political crisis that could push the country closer to bankruptcy. 
  5. France’s Hollande Sworn In: François Hollande was sworn in Tuesday morning as the president of France, becoming the first Socialist to hold the office in 17 years. Hollande asked that the inauguration ceremony remain as low-key as possible, and neither his children nor those of his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, were there. 

Photo: Tyra Banks, photographed in, from left, New York in 2012 and 2003, and Los Angeles in 1992, (Evan Agostini / AP; KMazur / WireImage-Getty Images; Stephen Jerrome / PI-Landov). She penned an open letter to models re: Vogue’s decision not to run anorexic images.  

2:28 PM, April 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 30th

  1. Ex-Aide’s Wife: Edwards KnewCheri Young, the wife of Andrew Young, John Edwards’s former aide, testified Monday that the former presidential candidate told them it was legal to take funds to pay off Rielle Hunter, Edwards’s mistress. Both Youngs are considered crucial witnesses in the case to prove that Edwards used $1.2 million in donations to hide his mistress, then pregnant with their child, as he contended for the presidency in 2008. 
  2. Suu Kyi to Take Oath of OfficeAung San Suu Kyi and her party agreed Monday to take their seats in Burma’s Parliament later this week, despite a bitter disagreement over the wording of their oath of office. The oath requires that lawmakers vow to “safeguard the Constitution,” a promise that rankled the reform leader. 
  3. Pakistan: Drone Strikes ‘Violative’Pakistani officials said Monday that they were outraged by a drone strike Sunday that killed three suspected militants. Drone strikes in the country are “violative of its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday, two weeks after Parliament demanded that all American drone strikes against militants in the country cease. 
  4. Microsoft Invests $300M in NookBooks are always a good investment. That’s what shareholders of Barnes & Noble discovered as the company’s stock skyrocketed 95 percent before the market even opened Monday on the news that Microsoft had secured a 17.6 percent stake in the bookseller’s Nook business.
  5. 1WTC to be NYC’s Tallest Building: The Manhattan skyline’s highest point will shift downtown Monday, if the weather holds, as workers erect the 100th floor of the new 1 World Trade Center. The building’s steady upward climb over New York City continues, and the new floor will take it to 1,271 feet, more than 20 feet taller than the Empire State Building. The structure, when completed, is planned to top out at 1,776 feet.

Photo: A campaign poster of France’s opposition Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French Presidential election Francois Hollande covered by lipstick kisses. (Joel Saget, AFP / Getty Images) 

More Photos of the Day, or read: "Would Francois Hollande Really Be a ‘Dangerous’ French Leader?" from Newsweek. 

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