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President Obama got more laughs and appreciation for his jokes than headliner Conan O'Brien did at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which was held Saturday at the Washington D.C. Hilton, The Atlantic Wire reports.

Many social media commentators took to Twitter Saturday night to critique O'Brien, who many say shied away from heavier hitting jokes in favor of "gentle" material. Others suggested the dinner should forget having a comedian "headliner," instead giving the President a chance to show off his funny side.

President Obama used his set of jokes to critique the media, including NBC for its struggling lineup of shows and CNN for its inaccurate reporting following the Boston bombings, NBC News reports.

"I know CNN has taken some knocks lately," Obama said. "But the fact is I admire commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate."

But Obama also used his time at the mic to praise first responders at the scene of the bombings and the media, saying that the event gave the nation a chance to see "journalists at their best." Conan O'Brien, who is a Boston native, also took time out of his set to address Boston and thank Obama for traveling there after the attacks.

The first major marathon to take place after the bombings at the Boston Marathon began with 30 seconds of silence on Sunday, CNN reports.

The moment of silence was just one of the many tributes to the victims of Monday's Boston bombings. Many of the 36,000 runners wore black ribbons or shirts that said "Boston" on them, and race organizers said they plan on donating $3 to The One Fund Boston for each runner who crosses the finish line.

The London Marathon draws thousands of spectators in addition to the runners, and race organizers increased the amount of security as an added safety precaution after Monday's attack, CBS reports. Police added 40 percent more officers and surveillance to ensure the safety of race participants and spectators, but authorities said that canceling the race was never an option.

Some of the racers participating had previously run in the Boston marathon, and said they wanted to run as a memorial. "It is terrible what happened in Boston, but we can't look back, we must look forward," said racer Tomasz Hamerlak, who competed in both races. "The show must go on."

A new Barbie doll introduced to Mattel's "Dolls of the World" line has outraged parents and cultural leaders for what some are describing as offensive depictions of Mexican stereotypes, the Latino Post reports.

"Mexico Barbie" is described by Mattel as being dressed for a "fabulous fiesta" in a ruffled pink dress that has many critics angered for being outdated and inaccurate. But it's not just her costume that has Latino advocates up in arms. Each doll in the "Dolls of the World" collection comes with a passport, a detail that strikes many as offensive for being reminiscent of immigration issues, the Huffington Post reports.

The dolls also come with pets India Barbie comes with a monkey, and Holland Barbie is accompanied by a bunny. Mexico Barbie comes with a small chihuahua, which many critics are calling stereotypical. Jason Ruiz, an American studies professor at Notre Dame University, called stereotypes like the chihuahua and the Barbie's bright costume "easy to use" and offensive to Latinos tired of being seen as just "colorful."

He added that while the inclusion of the passport does not bother him, he see how it could be bothersome to some Latinos. "It is a point of contention and great sensitivity for people of Mexican origin, especially Mexican immigrants," Ruiz said. "Papers decide everything for immigrants from Mexico."

U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan

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A foreign service officer from Chicago was among those killed Saturday in a suicide attack in the Zabul province of Afghanistan, USA Today reports.

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was working as a press officer for the U.S. embassy and helping Afghan reports cover a book donation event at a boy's school. Three U.S. troops and one civilian were killed in the attack, and four State Department workers were injured. Smedinghoff's death marks the first death of a U.S. diplomat on the job since the attack last September in Benghazi that killed ambassador Cristopher Stevens.

Smedinghoff had been with the Foreign Service for three years, and had arrived in Afghanistan last July. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had met Smedinghoff just two weeks prior to the attack, described her death as the "stealing of a young life," ABC News reports.

"I remember her as vivacious, smart, capable, often chosen by the ambassador for her capabilities," Kerry said. ""There are no words for anybody to describe the extraordinary harsh contradiction of a young 25-year-old woman with all of the future ahead of her, believing in the possibilities of diplomacy."

2 inmates escape from federal prison in Duluth

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Two inmates serving time for fraud in a low-security federal prison in Duluth escaped Saturday, KSTP reports.

Michael Krzyzaniak of Minneapolis, and Gerald Greenfield of Bloomington were discovered missing Saturday night around 10 p.m. during a nightly inmate count. Krzyzaniak, 64, was serving a 12-year sentence for wire fraud and tax evasion, and was expected to be released in 2022. Greenfield, 67, was serving a four-year sentence for conspiracy to commit money laundering, and had a release date Nov. 2, 2015 the Star Tribune reports.

Prison authorities said they discovered the two men missing around the same time, although it is unknown whether or not the two men escaped together. Kryzyzaniak's father Joseph was unaware of his son's plans for escape, and said that he sounded fine during a phone call two days ago. Anyone with information on the two are encouraged to call the U.S. Marshals Service.

The prison, located on the former Duluth Air Force Base, holds inmates to the "honor system," authorities said. There are no walls surrounding the facility, where inmates sleep in dorm-like rooms and have access to a gym, movie theater, and a dining hall with a salad bar.

A tour bus carrying the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team crashed in Central Pennsylvania Saturday morning, killing two and injuring others, CNN reports.

The team was headed towards Millersville, Penn. on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for a match when their bus veered off the road, broke through a guardrail, and a hit tree. The driver and the team's coach, who was 6 months pregnant at the time, were killed. Fourteen of the twenty three players on board at the time were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries. Three of the injured players needed to be airlifted from the scene.

A representative for Cumberland County public safety department said police were investigating the cause of the crash, and that environmental officials were at the scene responding to diesel fuel spilled from the bus. Seton Hill is a small Catholic college located outside of Pittsburgh. ESPN reports that the school has scheduled a memorial mass on campus Sunday night.

Vatican Conclave to Begin Tuesday

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The conclave to choose Pope Emertius Benedict's successor will begin Tuesday at the Vatican, USA Today reports.

Cardinals will be locked in the Sistine Chapel each day of the conclave, and will cast ballots for their choices four times a day until a winner is chosen with a two-thirds majority of the votes. The last conclave lasted just two days, and while experts expect this conclave to last longer, they speculate it won't last longer than three or four days. The last conclave to take more than four days was in 1831.

Many Vatican insiders have speculated that the next pope could come from outside of Europe, including Cardinals Timothy Dolan and Patrick O'Malley from the United States, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet from Canada. Vatican analysts have picked Cardinal O'Malley as the favorite, followed by Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brazil and Angelo Scola of Italy, the Telegraph reports.

The conclave follows a week of meetings between the cardinals that have gained attention not for any standouts in the running to become pope, but for the questionable use of social media by the cardinals that has led to a complete technology blackout for the conclave. The 11 cardinals from the United States had been holding daily press briefings of their meetings, but were quickly stopped by traditional Vatican officials.

The new pope is expected to be chosen in time for Holy Week, when he will lead Catholic faithful around the world in celebrations leading to Easter Sunday.

Meteorite injures hundreds in Russia

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An 11-ton meteorite hit the Chelyabinsk region of Russia Friday morning, injuring over 500 people and causing damage in six different cities, USA Today reports.

The bulk of the meteorite landed on the outskirts of the city of Chelyabinsk, but smaller fragments, explosions, and aftershocks damaged buildings and knocking out mobile networks for hours. Russia's Emergency Ministry said that at the most recent count, more than 500 people were injured, with at least 20 needing hospitalization, the Guardian reports.

Unconfirmed reports circulated on Russia's state-owned TV station that local air defense systems had blown up the meteorite while it was still 12 miles above the Earth. Authorities now confirm that Russia does not have the technology to bring down an object of that size while still in the air.

Officials informed Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, of the incident.

"I hope the consequences will not be serious," Medvedev said. "It's proof that not only are economies vulnerable, but the whole planet."

Officials are still trying to determine what caused a massive explosion to occur Friday at Mexico's state oil company headquarters, Reuters reports.

While experts speculate that the blast may have been caused by a gas leak or a boiler exploding, some believe the incident was the result of a bomb. Experts worked alongside emergency personnel to rescue survivors, and dig through the rubble in an attempt to determine the cause of the blast. The explosion took place at the Pemex office complex, which houses one of Mexico's tallest skyscrapers, CNN said.

Thirty three people were confirmed dead, and 121 people were injured in Friday's blast. The blast marks yet another issue for the state-run Pemex, whose reputation has been tarnished over the years due to security problems, oil theft, and multiple accidents. The explosion also serves as a test for newly-instated President Enrique Pena Nieto, who said overhauling the troubled company would be one of his biggest priorities upon taking office.

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