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Police Response Intensifies in Iran

Clashes in Iran between police and protesters are becoming more violent. Police used tear gas to break up a demonstration today in Tehran, CNN.

Local laws in Florida and Miami have funneled about 70 registered sex offenders into living in a tent city under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami. Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from living within 2,500 feet of places children congregate- such as schools, libraries and parks. Local law enforcement actually drop the newly released off at the bridge and some have been given driver’s licenses with the bridge listed as their address, BBC News.

Craiglist killer Philip Markoff to be arraigned today. He is charged in the fatal shooting of a woman that he met on Craigslist, CNN.

The Obama administration is working on a deal with pharmaceutical companies that would cut $80 in pharmaceutical cost, Wall Street Journal.

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Death Toll from Swine Flu Reaches 70; Another Case in Texas

Another swine flu case in the U.S., bringing total known cases to eight. A family in Texas is in quarantine after their teenage son contracted swine flu. Much of Mexico City remains closed this weekend as soldiers and police pass out surgical masks, CNN. The death toll from the flu in Mexico has reached 70, Telegraph. CDC Video podcast: protect yourself from swine flu.

Craigslist founder Craig Newkirk says he won’t close the “erotic” section on Craigslist despite its recent use by Philip Markoff, whom the media has dubbed the “Craigslist Killer” to meet women that he allegedly murdered, USA Today. Markoff’s family visited him in jail where he tells him to “forget about me,” according to sources, Boston Herald. Police have said Markoff’s  fingerprints were found at two of the crime scenes and the gun found in his apartment is an initial forensic match, CBS News.

Roxana Saberi, a reporter who is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, who has been convicted in Iran on charges of spying for the US is now on a hunger strike, according to her father, BBC News.

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India Hopes for a Peaceful Second Day of Voting

India will begin its second day of voting tomorrow, with 12 states across India casting ballots. Last week, Maoist violence led to 17 people being killed on the first day of voting and three officials were kidnapped, BBC News.

Taliban militants have taken over the are of Buner in Pakistan, moving them even closer to Islamabad. Last year, when the Taliban tried to take over Buner, citizens created their own armies and fought the group out of the city. This time, with the help of sympathizers and even local government officials, Buner could not fight back, NY Times.

Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi will defend detained American journalist Roxana Saberi. Saberi has been sentenced to 8 years in jail in Iran for spying. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave his support to Saberi and asked that she have a fair trial, Sky News.

More details on the investigation of the Craigslist Killer have been released. Philip Markoff, the Boston University med student accused of killing a woman he met on Craigslist in a hotel last week, and robbing at least two others, is said to have had items from the victims in his apartment. Police have not released what the items were, although sources told the Boston Herald they were underwear from the victims. Markoff denies all allegations, Boston Herald.

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Police Arrest “Craigslist Killer” Suspect

A 22-year-old med student at Boston University has been charged with killing a woman in Boston and robbing two others. Philip Markoff is suspected of being the “Craigslist Killer,” a moniker given to the person who shot Julissa Brisman, 26, in a Boston hotel room last week, CNN. Markoff is engaged to be married to another med student at BU and had no previous police record, but  police labeled Markoff a “predator” and suspect there are more victims that have yet to come forward, NY Daily News.

The only Somali pirate to survive the attack on the Maersk Alabama has landed in New York and is set to stand trial. The pirate is just 16-years-old. The other three pirates who attacked the ship and held the boat’s captain hostage were killed by Navy SEALs, BBC News.

On this 4/20, NPR takes a look at what the U.S. would be like if the government legalized marijuana. Read the analysis here.

The Pulitizer Prize winners were announced today, with the New York Times winning five awards, but the most interesting winner was Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune. Giblin was laid off more than three months ago by the newspaper. He helped the paper win an award for his coverage of immigration enforcement operations in Arizona, Assoicated Press.

Check our earlier post on updates on the four people found dead in a Baltimore-area hotel room. Police suspect it may have been a murder-suicide, info here.

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