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N.B.A. center Jason Collins comes out as gay

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Jason Collins, center in the N.B.A., came out as gay Monday in the May 6 online edition of Sports Illustrated, the New York Times said.

"Imagine you're in the oven, baking," Collins said to Sports Illustrated. "Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know - I baked for 33 years."

Collins became the first openly gay male athlete to still play in a major American team sport. Athletes such as former N.B.A. center John Amaechi waited until retirement to come out to the public, the New York Times said.

Collins received support from teammates, league executives and major National Basketball Association stars such as Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

FDA approves over-the-counter morning-after pill

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The morning after pill became available over the counter Tuesday after the government moved to lower the minimum age of purchase to 15, USA Today said.

In the agreement, the Food and Drug Administration allowed the pill to sit on drugstore shelves next to women's health products and condoms, requiring identification at the cash register, USA Today said.

"This decision is a step in the right direction for increased access to a product that is a safe and effective method of preventing unintended pregnancies," said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, according to Fox News. "It's also a decision that moves us closer to these critical availability decisions being based on science, not politics."

The FDA initially sought to lift all age limits for the purchase of Plan B in late 2011, however Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the motion. She argued that some girls go through puberty as early as 11, but are not independent enough to buy the pill on their own, according to USA Today.

The Michael Jackson wrongful death trial will begin with opening statements Monday, CNN said.

In the suit, Jackson's mother and three children are accusing concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group of threatening to end Jackson's career if he didn't put on a comeback tour in London as well as hiring Conrad Murray, the doctor who was convicted of giving Jackson a fatal amount of the anesthetic propofol, the Los Angeles Times said.

Prince, Spike Lee, Quincy Jones, and Diana Ross are among the stars on the witness stand, the Los Angeles Time said.

AEG's argument states that Jackson was responsible for his death, choosing Murray, himself, to be his full-time doctor, and that his drug addiction got in the way of his smart decision making, CNN said.

Four people hurt in church stabbing

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At least four people were hurt Sunday after a man stabbed a choir member at an Albuquerque church, police said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Lawrence Capener, 24, began his attack of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church's choir area around noon, Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said, according to the Huffington Post.

"It has been determined that he is not a parishioner," police said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "As to the motive regarding the multiple stabbing, this has not yet been determined."

The four church-goers' injuries were not life-threatening, the Huffington Post said.

Thousands pay tribute to fallen MIT officer

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Thousands honored Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed on April 18 by brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday at a campus memorial, CBS Boston said.

The memorial service was held at MIT's Briggs Field with a crowd of over 10 thousand, including Vice President Joe Biden MIT News Office said.

"We have suffered," Biden said, according to MIT News Office. "We are grieving, but we are not bent. We will not yield to fear. We will not hunker down."

A funeral was held for Collier on Tuesday, CBS Boston said.

2 arrested in Canada terror plot

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Two men were arrested Monday after being charged with plotting a terrorist attack set for a Canadian passenger train, CBS News said.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who are believed to be supported by al Qaeda, were targeting a Via Rail passenger train in Toronto, Yahoo! News said, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not believe they were an immediate threat.

"It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan said, according to CBS News.

Esseghaier and Jaser are being charged with conspiring to execute an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group, Yahoo! News said.

"This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we've experienced in Canada," Superintendent Doug Best said at a news conference, according to CBS News.

Boston bombing suspect responding to questions

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev regained consciousness Sunday and responded to police questioning via writing, ABC News said.

Tsarneav, 19, was admitted to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital after a gun battle with police resulted in his arrest, NBC News said. Investigators told NBC they suspect the suspect's injuries to be a result of a suicide attempt.

Tsarnaev could face both state and federal charges, but Massachusetts does not enforce a death penalty, ABC News said.

"It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on "Meet the Press," according to NBC News. "It's pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly."

Second Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody

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The 19-year-old college student police believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday night, the Boston Globe said.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev of Cambridge was found in a boat parked in a community right outside Boston, the Boston Globe said.

Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was also believed to be involved, was shot early Friday morning in a shoot off with police, the Boston Globe said.

The Tsarnaev brothers were also responsible for shooting and killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology security officer Thursday, PBS said.

President Obama spoke on the arrest, saying, "tonight our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts," according to PBS.

F.B.I. releases video of Boston bombing suspects

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The F.B.I. asked the public to help them identify two suspects involved in the Boston Marathon Bombing Thursday after releasing photos and videos with suspicious men with backpacks, CBS News said.

"Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects," F.B.I. agent Richard DesLauriers said, according to CBS News. "Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us."

DesLauriers said one of the suspects was seen leaving a dark-colored backpack outside the site of the second bombing soon before the explosion, according to the New York Times.

DesLauriers did not describe the men's appearances or allude to their possible ethnicity or national origin, the New York Times said.

West, Texas faces explosion

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West, Texas was rocked Wednesday night after a fertilizer plant suffered from an explosion, resulting in multiple injuries, the Dallas Morning News said.

The cause of the explosion and how many people were injured is still unclear, ABC News said.

"It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb," Czech Best Western Hoten clerk Jason Shelton said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I live about a thousand feet from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows. There's houses leveled that were right next to it. We've got people injured and possibly dead."

West has a population of about 2,800, ABC News said.

Explosion at Boston Marathon finish line

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Two bombs went off Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, resulting in the deaths of three people and injuring over 100 more, the Chicago Tribune said.

According to CNN, nearby hospitals said at least 144 people were treated, 17 of them being in critical condition and 25 being in serious condition. Eight of the patients reported are children.

Veteran Marathoner Bill Iffrig, 78, finished the race when "the shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around," CNN said. Iffrig only suffered a scratch from the fall.

This was the worst bombing in the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Chicago Tribune said.

No one has been arrested as of now, and the White House needs to determine whether the attack came from a foreign or domestic source, the Chicago Tribune said.

Venezuelans vote for new president

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The people of Venezuela went out Sunday to vote on who would succeed Hugo Chávez, CBS News said.

Choices included Nicolás Maduro, Chávez's personal choice for political heir, or Henrique Capriles Radonski, a second-time opponent, the New York Times said.

"The commander's legacy should continue, toward a better future," Alejandro Rodríguez, 34, said, according to the New York Times. "I voted for the commander's son, Nicolás Maduro." Maduro used the term of endearment in his campaign to highlight how close he was with Chávez.

Although Maduro started out with a great lead, Capriles urged his followers to not be "desperate and defeated," by his slow start, CBS News said.

"Capriles ran a remarkable campaign that shows he has creativity, tenacity and disposition to play political hardball," said David Smilde, an analyst with the Washington Office on Latin America think tank, according to CBS News.

Stephanie Guevarra, who voted for Capriles Sunday, said whatever the voters decide, Chávez's death has already brought change to Venezuela. "It's not the same country with Chávez as it is without him," she said, according to the New York Times.

Hugh Jackman's stalker confronts him at gym

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A woman was arrested Saturday after chasing Hugh Jackman with an electric razor outside of a New York gym, CNN said.

Katherine Thurston, 47, threw a razor filled with hair at the actor before police were able to arrest her a few blocks from the site, Newsday said.

According to Jackman's publicist, Thurston has been spotted in front of the actor's home as well as his daughter's school before the incident, CNN said.

Thurston was charged with stalking, New York Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Antonetti said, according to CNN.

Gunman killed after taking firefighters hostage

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A gunman who took four firefighters hostage was shot Wednesday after police stormed the Georgia home he was camped in, Fox News said.

"It got to the point where we believed that [the firefighters'] lives were in immediate danger," Ed Ritter, Gwinnett County police spokesman, said, according to CNN.

According to CNN, Ritter said the hostage situation began around 3:40 p.m. when the firefighters received a "medical call."

"We did not want this to end this way," Ritter said after the gunman and officers exchanged gunfire. "But with the decisions this guy was making, this was his demise."

At least 14 injured in Texas college stabbing

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At least 14 students were injured Tuesday on the CyFair campus of Lone Star College, NBC News said.

The 21-year-old male suspect was taken into custody, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said, after he went on a stabbing spree in Lone Star's health science building, according to NBC News.

Details about the victims' injuries were unclear, though four people required helicopter transportation and two are in critical condition, CNN said.

Garcia said the suspect's motive was unclear, and police are still unsure about what weapon he used, CNN said.

Three people were shot at a separate Lone Star campus in January, NBC News said. The system of colleges has 90,000 students total.

Workers discovered the bodies of two children Monday after a dirt wall collapsed on them at a North Carolina construction site, the Virginia Gazette said.

The girl, 6, and the boy, 7, were recovered from under 24 feet of dirt in the town of Stanley, BBC News said.

The children were retrieving a toy pickaxe when the walls collapsed around 5 p.m. Sunday, BBC News said.

Bradley Jones, who lived nearby, told the Associated Press the children typically played in the pit when the boy's father was working on site, according to BBC News.

14-year-old boy shot and killed in West Side Chicago

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A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood Sunday, the Chicago Tribune said.

The boy, 14, was shot in the chest in the 2200 block of South Leavitt Street, police said, according to WGNTV.

According to a representative of the medical examiner's office, the boy's name will not be released until Monday, the Chicago Tribune said.

Police took three suspects into custody after sending out the description of a vehicle possibly involved, the Chicago Tribune said.

Police are not releasing a detailed description of how or why the boy was shot.

A nanny accused of stabbing two children she watched after was declared sane enough for court Friday, the Los Angeles Times said.

Yoselyn Ortega was found last October in the bathroom of the family's Upper West Side apartment. The children, 6-year-old Lucia Krim, called Lulu, and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, were laying near Ortega, who had stabbed herself as well, in a pool of blood, the Johnson City Press said.

Ortega, who was dealing with money issues and had been extremely stressed in the weeks before the incident, pleaded not guilty in November but is being charged with murder, the New York Times said.

Ortega's next court date was set for May 6, the Johnson City Press said.

Lilly Pulitzer Dies at 81

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Lily Pulitzer, the fashion designer known for her bold prints and popularity among socialites, died Sunday at her home in Florida, the New York Times said. She was 81.

Her death was confirmed through an official announcement made on her company's Facebook page, CNN said.

"I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy ... fruits, vegetables, politics or peacocks," Ms. Pulitzer said in a 2009 Associated Press article, according to the New York Times. "It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy."

Lillian Lee McKim was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Roslyn, N.Y, the New York Times said. She is survived by her three children from her first marriage, Liza, Minnie and Peter. Details are not available at this time.

A federal judged ordered the Food and Drug Administration Friday to make emergency contraceptives available to girls of all ages within 30 days, CBS News said.

The judge, Edward R. Korman of Federal District Court, called the age restriction "arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable," according to the New York Times.

The American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics said that the restrictions prevent younger teenagers from safely preventing pregnancy, which poses a greater threat than the morning-after pill, the New York Times said.

In response to the decision, Andrea Costello, an attorney with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said it was "a landmark decision in terms of providing women and girls in the United States access to a safe and effective form of birth control," according to CBS News.

Sen. Mark Kirk in support of same-sex marriage

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk announced his support for gay marriage Tuesday, becoming the newest addition to the growing list of U.S. senators who have recently backed same-sex rights, the Chicago Tribune said.

"Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back -- government has no place in the middle," Kirk said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Illinois politician suffered from a major stroke almost a year ago, and his aide said the the change of opinion was "personal, not political," according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kirk is only the second Republican senator to come out in support of gay marriage, after Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio last month, the Chicago Tribune said.

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