11:07 AM, June 13th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, June 13th

  1. Former Giffords Aid Wins Seat: It’s a fitting end to an inspirational saga: 66-year-old Ron Barber won the seat of his former boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Tuesday night after Giffords resigned to recover from a gunshot wound to the head.
  2. Yemen Continues U.S. Attack: Yemen on Wednesday pressed ahead with a U.S.-led offensive against Islamic militants in the southern part of the country, a day after it recovered control of two strategic cities.
  3. Car Bomb Kills 63 in Iraq: A wave of coordinated car-bomb attacks throughout Iraq on early Wednesday killed 63 people and injured dozens more—one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. troops withdrew from the country last year.
  4. Russia Defends Syrian Arms Sale: Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday defended his country’s alleged sale of arms to Syria, and also accused the U.S. of supplying weapons to the rebels fighting the government.
  5. NASA to Launch Telescope: A powerful new X-ray telescope, dubbed the NuStar by NASA, will soon be on the prowl for supermassive black holes, the invisible remnants left when stars die.

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Dolores Walker leaves the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office after identifying the remains of her son, Joseph Briggs. Briggs, who recently turned 16, was shot and killed while sitting on a stoop in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood. Read the full story here

12:55 PM, May 21st, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, May 21st

  1. Obama’s Super PAC Slumps: Priorities USA Action, the largest pro-Obama super PAC, is trailing GOP political action committees as the two sides prepare for the first general election in which they are likely to play a major role. Priorities USA Action raised $1.6 million in April, $3 million less than what Restore Our Future, a PAC that supports presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, drew in over the same period.
  2. Protesters to Hit Chicago: Chicago police clashed with demonstrators Sunday, but protesters say they’ll be back on the streets Monday as leaders from the 28 NATO countries meet. At least 45 people were arrested Sunday, and four officers were taken to the hospital, including one who was stabbed in the leg, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
  3. Probe Targets DSK Rape AllegationsThoroughly disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in rape, said a French prosecutor who’s opening a preliminary investigation into the allegations. The prosecutor is responding to requests by judges in Lille, France, to look more closely into allegations of sexual crimes after probing a prostitution ring in the city.
  4. Bombing in Yemen Kills 90A suicide bomber reportedly disguised as a soldier struck in Yemen on Monday, killing at least 90 and perhaps as many as 100 people. A group with ties to al Qaeda has climb responsibility for the bombing that struck a group of soldiers gathered near the presidential palace in the capital.
  5. Facebook Shares DiveAfter a tepid reception last week, the blue-and-white juggernaut continued to make a disappointing showing on the market Monday, diving 12 percent in the first half hour of trading. 

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Photo of the Day: May 20, 2012

Gay Group Leader Beaten in Ukraine

Unidentified men beat Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of the advocacy group Gay Forum of Ukraine, as he met with members of the media in Kiev to announce that a scheduled gay-pride parade was cancelled. The attackers ran off when they realized members of the media were documenting the attack.


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11:03 AM, April 19th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, April 19th

  1. Poll: Condi Tops GOP VP List: Would Condi and Mitt make a good team? Republicans and conservative independents seem to think so, according to a new CNN poll released Wednesday in which former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice earned the most votes for preferred vice president (26 percent). 
  2. CIA Pushes Yemen Drone Campaign: There could be a lot more drone strikes in Yemen soon, if the CIA has its way. The agency is requesting permission to strike targets in the country based only on suspicious behavior, such as surveillance showing militants gathering at al Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives. The problem, say critics, is that al Qaeda is closely linked to the antigovernment opposition fighters, and it’s hard to tell the difference. 
  3. Three Secret Service Members OustedAt least three Secret Service members are being shown the door over the Colombia scandal. The agency announced that one will be fired, another will retire, and a third has been recommended for firing but will be allowed to appeal. Two of the ousted agents are senior supervisors with two decades of experience.
  4. Baghdad Blasts Kill 30: At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured Thursday in 12 bombings in Baghdad and other northern Iraq cities, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but a Baghdad military spokesman said al Qaeda was behind them. 
  5. The Sun’s Royal Editor ArrestedBritish police nabbed The Sun’s royal editor and two other people in a dawn raid. The editor, Duncan Larcombe, was arrested on suspicion of paying a public official for information. Scotland Yard says the arrests were based on information obtained from News Corporation’s management-standards committee, which Rupert Murdoch set up after the hacking scandal at News of the World. The Sun is one of Murdoch’s remaining British papers. 

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Photo: Famed entertainer Dick Clark passed away yesterday. Here’s Clark on Dec. 31, 2011, in New York’s Times Square, during what would be his final appearance on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. (Ida Mae Astute / ABC) See more iconic photos of Clark or read John O’Hurley remembering his mentor

10:20 AM, December 29th, 2011

Frontpage: Thursday, Dec. 29

  1. U.S. Preps Charges in BP Spill: U.S. prosecutors are preparing to file criminal charges against BP employees for 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  2. Romney Strikes at Paul in Iowa: With a new CNN poll shows Iowa’s down to Paul vs. Romney, Mitt is setting his sites on the libertarian. 
  3. Kim Jong-un Named Supreme Leader: The North Korean government made it official during a memorial for the new leader’s father. 
  4. Yemen Fed U.S. Bad Intel: Report: Some U.S. military leaders believe Yemen fed them bad intelligence last year in order to have them kill a local political leader.
  5. U.S. Mulls Aid for Syria Opposition: After sanctions and telling Bashar al-Assad’s regime to stop killing protesters, the Obama administration is considering aiding the Syrian opposition directly. 

Photo: Children watch as a man holds balloons for sale on the street in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mohammad Ismail, Reuters / Landov)

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