"I'd never heard of the city of Abbottabad" before Sunday, UCLA professor Thomas Gillespie said with a laugh after he got on the phone with us this afternoon.
So much for the rather breathless blogging yesterday after Science Magazine's initial story about work done by Gillespie, fellow professor John Agnew and students in 2009.
At first, some readers thought Science had made it sound like Gillespie's team had said two years ago that there was an 88.9 percent likelihood that Osama bin Laden would be hiding out in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
You might think that Osama bin Laden's death would serve as a game-changer — and perhaps in some ways it has — but if you look at what lawmakers are saying and doing, it's politics as usual.
Let's start with who lawmakers credit for this win.
"Nearly ten years ago, President Bush stood before the nation after 9/11 and pledged to the American people that we will not tire and we will not falter and we will not fail in our quest to defeat those who intend to do us harm through acts of terror," House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said.
Old songs provide a lens through which we can view lifestyles and work-ways, now passed into history, when manual labors filled the day. Hear of horse drawn ploughs, handloom weavers, coalface workers and fishing under sail with Davy Steele, Dick Gaughan, Christine Kydd and many more.
This episode originally aired the week of April 21.
The first debate of the likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination takes place Thursday. We know you've been waiting breathlessly for this one.
Even before the killing of Osama bin Laden, the debate in Greenville, S.C. was already viewed as likely to be a lackluster affair. The politicians thought to have the best shot at the nomination, former governors Mitt Romney (Massachusetts) and Mike Huckabee (Arkansas) had already said they wouldn't be attending.
This week's elimination of the terrorist leader just further eclipses the event.
The results are in of a statewide job satisfaction survey for teachers and principals. Just over 42,000 Kentucky public school teachers and principals responded to the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) survey, which was administered online in March. State Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross says the questionnaire touched on a variety of topics related to work and teaching conditions.
2:32 p.m. ET: Fearing that their release could pose a risk to national security because they might incite violence, President Obama has decided not to make public any post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the White House announced this afternoon.
Finding Osama bin Laden has been the holy grail of U.S. intelligence for the past 10 years. For half of that time, an argument has raged over how far the U.S. government should go to get information out of members of al-Qaida.
The U.S. government stopped using enhanced interrogation techniques like simulated drowning, or waterboarding, on terrorism suspects years ago.
Now, former Bush administration officials say those harsh tactics led the U.S. military to bin Laden's hideout; the Obama White House says it's not so simple.
Louisville Metro Government officials are still tallying the cost of damage and cleanup from severe flooding in recent weeks. If the city can claim $2.4 million or more in damages, Metro Government can request federal assistance. At last count, $600,000 had been spent to keep flood pumps running and officials estimated an additional $100,000 would be necessary to repair and clean streets.