If Only Everyone Had Been Armed, This Tragedy Could've Been Avoided: Nineteen people were shot in New Orleans yesterday while celebrating Mother's Day, which is not a constitutionally protected right, like owning guns is.
Insane: Lawyers for the accused Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter plan on changing his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity today.
House of Horrors: A community struggles with what to do with the house that imprisoned three Cleveland women for more than a decade.
Eight-Year-Old Stabbed to Death: Her 12-year-old brother has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing.
In Other Knife News: A home invasion suspect was fatally stabbed last night near North Bend.
Still Shaking Their Litigation Stick: Religious hospitals that receive public Washington funds and deny abortion and death-with-dignity access to patients could be violating the Washington State Constitution, the ACLU of Washington explains to the New York Times.
What I Need Is a Milkshake Vaccine: Scientists have created a working vaccine for cocaine. “The vaccine eats up the cocaine in the blood like a little Pac-Man before it can reach the brain,” the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, said in a news release.
Making Friends and Influencing People: Walla Walla's state penitentiary is pairing up inmates in solitary confinement "to discuss ways to stay out of trouble, both in prison and when they get out," reports KIRO.
This Is How You Feed a Persecution Complex: Conservatives have been whipped into a frothy rage by the news that IRS tax scrutiny targeted more than just Tea Party groups. As the NYTimes reports:
The Internal Revenue Service’s special scrutiny of small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status went beyond keyword hunts for organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names, to a more overtly ideological search for applicants seeking to “make America a better place to live” or “criticize how the country is being run,” according to part of a draft audit by the inspector general that has been given to Capitol Hill.
Ring Them Wedding Bells: A Hong Kong transsexual woman has won the right to marry her boyfriend.
LL Cool J: Talks accidental racism on All Things Considered.
And finally, news outlets report that a Whitney fan was kicked off her flight late last week for loving a little too much. Whitney's nice and all, but let's give credit where credit is due, shall we?