China Quake: Authorities estimate 400 are dead and 10,000 are injured.
Alaska: Palin family reality show reportedly bombs at insider preview.
Seattle: Man tells police that someone doused him with gasoline and set him on fire.
Belltown: Landlords hike rents by hundreds of dollars for vacant apartments near the soon-to-be-condemned McGuire apartments, which hundreds of tenants must leave to find new housing.
The USA's War in Mexico: Bloody and fruitless:
More than 22,700 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war since a U.S.-backed military crackdown on cartels began more than three years ago, according to a government report.
The report said 2009 was the deadliest year in the drug war, with 9,635 people killed in violence tied to organized crime. That compares to 2,837 in 2007, the first year of President Felipe Calderon's military-led offensive.
Retail Sales: Consumer spending jumped in March due to pent up demand, car sales, and a slight thawing of credit.
Shorter Opinion at The Hill: The recovering economy is good for Republicans as long as Americans don't believe the economy is recovering. (PS — Why are The Hill's opinion pages so out of touch with The Hill's news section? Also, same question for the Seattle Times.)
Our Prudish Losers: In freak accident, Mariners win home game.
Supreme Justice: Senate Dems tell Obama to ignore Republicans when appointing new judge.
That's So Gay: Italy's high court rejects same-sex marriage.
Sweet Jesus, Muslims Are Nuts: Islamic insurgents ban all songs on Somali radio.
Give and Take: Builder wants five more feet for development on Broadway, citing the value of the future street car. The city should give the extra height—but cut the proposed parking in half. They can get by with half the parking if, like, the reason to build there is proximity to excellent transit.
The Wonder Years: Seattle police investigating crime at elementary school where student allegedly tried choking another kid with a plastic bag and said, "I hate Mexicans."
Are You a Baby Who Doesn't Like Delicious Cilantro? Don't worry, there are lots of other babies out there (including Julia Child).