Obama Ordered Bin Laden Raid On 50/50 Chance; Cairo Mobs Attack Churches


  • National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told CNN that President Obama decided to go through with the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden based on “what was probably a 50-50 case that Osama bin Laden was there.” In light of that info, it’s interesting to read this alternate history of what would have happened had we not succeeded in killing Bin Laden. [CNN, NYmag]
  • Mobs in a Cairo suburb set fire to two churches yesterday amid bloody fighting over a woman who converted from Christianity to Islam. 10 people have died so far in the clashes. [MSNBC]
  • A Kansas first-grader on a school trip to the zoo was mauled by a leopard after he climbed into its enclosure. The child suffered lacerations but is not considered to be in life-threatening condition. [Wichita Eagle]
  • Update on Violet and Bobby, the NYU hawks: hawk rehabilitators have assessed the situation and will return in a few days to capture Violet, remove the band around her leg, and return her to the nest. Yay! [City Room]
  • A tour bus driver was drunk when he mowed down a man in Hell’s Kitchen last night. The man was taken to Bellevue and died of his injuries. [NYDN]
  • A new law would prevent Florida pediatricians from asking parents and patients if there are guns at home. [Gawker via NPR]
  • About 200 trees have disappeared in the Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and other neighborhoods under Community Board 2. It looks like most of them were simply chopped down, leaving only a stump. [NYP]
  • Are you easily distractible? You may have too much brain. [Gizmodo]
  • This woman has had two sets of triplets. Happy Mother’s Day! [The Daily]