Other Headlines: Gadhafi's Son Reportedly Killed; Alabama A Major Disaster

May 2, 2011

Embassies of the U.S., Britain and Italy were attacked and burned this weekend after a NATO airstrike reportedly killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro says Britain responded to the embassy attacks by kicking out the Libyan ambassador. The Los Angeles Times says the airstrike came after NATO intercepted "high level communication from the site" in Tripoli.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor, John Paul II, declaring him 'blessed' over the weekend; this moves John Paul closer toward becoming a Roman Catholic saint of the church. The Guardian says the move comes six years after the former pontiff's death, the fastest on record. The Daily Mirror says some onlookers were outraged when they saw the leader of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, in attendance at the Vatican ceremony, despite a travel ban by the European Union.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says his state is experiencing a Level 1 disaster, following deadly, damaging tornadoes that pushed through his state last week. Bentley says the damage in his state is comparable to Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center after 9/11, according to the Huntsville Times.

The re-trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opens today in Chicago. During opening statements, prosecutors will try again to persuade a jury to convict Blagojevich on political corruption charges. The AP says there are 20 of them, including a conspiracy charge that he allegedly tried to trade or sell the former Senate seat of President Obama. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.