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"A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday."
The wire service says it was told that the pornography "consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive" and that the sources "said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials."
Cindy Sherman, <em>Untitled</em>, color coupler print, executed in 1981
Credit Cindy Sherman / Courtesy of Christie's
The 1981 self-portrait taken by celebrated photographer Cindy Sherman was sold at a Christie's auction Wednesday. The sale surpassed Christie's estimates of $1.5-2 million ringing in at a final price of $3,890,500. That's not only a record for the photographer, but also, Bloomberg reports, "the highest price ever for a photo at auction."
"The government says that a bad economy has shortened the lives of the trust funds that support the nation's two biggest benefit programs," The Associated Press writes.
The wire service says that the fund's trustees are reporting today that "the Medicare hospital insurance fund will now be exhausted in 2024, five years earlier than last year's estimate. ... [And] the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2036, one year earlier than before."
The Obama administration's special Mideast envoy, former Sen. George Mitchell, is stepping down after more than two years of trying to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told NPR.
The White House was expected to release a statement from President Obama later Friday on the resignation of the veteran mediator and broker of the Northern Ireland peace accord.
President Barack Obama listens as former president George W. Bush speaks in January.
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Former President George W. Bush made his first public comments after the killing of Osama bin Laden. He talked at a hedge fund manager's conference in Las Vegas. Wednesday's event was not open to the press, but ABC News reports one of their contributors was there.
Bush, reports ABC News, said he was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with his wife, Laura, and two friends, when he got the call from President Barack Obama.
According to the United States Postal Service, 40 letter carriers in Louisville were attacked by dogs in 2010. That makes us 4th on the list of cities with the most attacks. The Postal Service says 5,669 postal workers were attacked nationwide in 2010. The announcement coincides with National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 15-21). The annual event seeks to raise awareness for attack prevention and responsible pet ownership. Around 4.7 million Americans are bitten annually, most of them being children.
More than 22,000 would-be immigrants thought they won a visa lottery to come to the U.S. Not so fast.
The State Department said Friday that it is scratching the results because of a computer glitch. Department officials expressed regret for the mistake which is sure to disappoint thousands of people who were notified this year that they had won a chance to come and live legally in the United States.
A U.S. official with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to NPR's Michele Kelemen that former Sen. George Mitchell (D-ME) is resigning from his post as the Obama administration's special Middle East envoy.
Word of Mitchell's decision was first reported a short time ago by The Associated Press.
NPR's Scott Horsley tells us that the White House expects to release a statement from President Obama later today.