Pakistan's leaders have said they didn't know that Osama bin Laden was living in a large house in Abbottabad, close to the nation's capital. Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, who has written extensively about the Taliban and al-Qaida, discusses what officials might have known about bin Laden's presence, and what impact his death may have on jihadist groups, the war in Afghanistan and the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations.
It's easy to criticize Brett Henderson, but you could praise his determination. Mr. Henderson ran a marathon through downtown Cincinnati. And according to his mom, he was wearing a pair of borrowed shorts, which kept slipping as he ran. He was determined to finish, so he took them off and proceeded naked. Police ordered Mr. Henderson to stop, but still he kept running. He might even have finished that marathon, except for the cop finally shot him with a stun gun.
Ten years ago, a schoolteacher in East Wenatchee, Washington vowed a mighty vow. He would not shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed. Gary Weddle kept that promise, much to his wife's chagrin, growing a scraggy, waist-length beard. But as the Daily Astorian reports, on Sunday night, he whipped out the razor. His wife says he looks 10 years younger - nice smile, too.
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Let's hear what some members of the military and their families are thinking about the death of Osama bin Laden. Some are feeling proud, others excited, others relieved, and still others worried. There's still a lot of concern about friends and loved ones in harm's way. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.
CARRIE KAHN: It's a pretty typical day in Laura Crawford's house on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base just north of San Diego. She's just put her four year old son down for a nap and is now feeding her 15 month old twin girls.
Other reactions from among the first responders to the World Trade Center. On 9/11, members of the Port Authority Police Department rushed to help rescue thousands of people. Port Authority was in charge of the towers. Thirty-seven Port Authority officers were killed that day, the largest loss of any police department in the nation's history. Back then, NPR's Chris Arnold reported on the department and he returned yesterday following the news of Osama bin Laden's death.
Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers says the death of Osama bin Laden, quote, "closes a key chapter in the war on terror." But in a statement released yesterday, he also said the fight will go on until al-Qaida has been eliminated. Rogers is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He's on the line with us now.
Good morning, sir.
Representative MIKE ROGERS (Republican, Alabama): Good morning. Thanks for having me.