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CNN: Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama says
The mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil is dead, U.S. President Barack Obama announced late Sunday night, almost 10 years after the attacks that killed about 3,000 people.
CNN: How U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden
The mission that killed one of the world's most notorious terrorist leaders was carried out by U.S. forces with the cooperation of Pakistan, U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday night. …U.S. sources including a senior official and a congressional source familiar with the operation said bin Laden was shot in the head.
CNN: U.S. leaders, political groups, welcome news of bin Laden's death
Reaction to the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed nearly 10 years after masterminding the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil was strong and swift from American political leaders
New York Times: Analysis: President’s Vow Fulfilled
The development is almost certainly one of the most significant and defining moments yet in his presidency. It allows Mr. Obama to claim the biggest national security victory in a decade — something that eluded President George W. Bush for nearly eight years — and instantly burnishes his foreign policy credentials at a time when he has been questioned on his decisions on the Middle East.
Washington Post: Thousands gather at White House to celebrate bin Laden’s death
In the dorms of George Washington University, where students were cramming for finals, a shout rang out. “Bin Laden is dead!” a student screamed. Seconds later, dozens of students, many in shorts and flip-flops, became the first wave of the celebration outside the White House.
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Washington Post: Analysis: A moment of national unity at a time of deep divisions
Obama’s announcement, which came just before midnight, was grounds for celebration for a country still scarred by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, producing a rare moment of national unity at a time of deep divisions on many domestic and foreign policy issues.
CNN: Levels of still rising Mississippi, Ohio rivers at all-time highs
Persistent, heavy rains have helped swell the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to the highest levels ever recorded, said an Army Corps of Engineers official Sunday. This ominous development prompted Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission, to order several barges into place at 3 p.m. to begin pumping explosive slurry into a levee near where the two rivers meet. This is all in preparation - if the decision is made - to blow up the Birds Point-New Madrid levee and potentially flood 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland, in part to save the town of Cairo, Illinois.
CNN: Top federal officials tour, promise help to tornado-ravaged South
Top federal officials voiced admiration and vowed cooperation Sunday after touring tornado-ravaged areas in Alabama and Mississippi, promising help to those who made it through this week's storms as they reconstruct their lives and communities. "They're going to have to live and rebuild and recover," Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in Birmingham.
Boston Globe: Unions reel as budget crisis, ebbing clout collide
Though still considered among the strongest in the country, union clout in Massachusetts has been waning for years, sapped by declining membership, a well-financed group of business-backed think tanks, weaker government finances, and Beacon Hill Democrats trying to cast themselves as reformers by showing they are not beholden to traditional interests.
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CNN: Osama bin Laden had been 'hiding in plain sight'
The death of Osama bin Laden proves that he had been "hiding in plain sight" says CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson. The U.S. special forces operation that killed bin Laded took place at a mansion in the town of Abbottabad, just over 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Pakistan capital Islamabad.
CNN: Timeline: Osama bin Laden, over the years
A look back at some key moments in the life of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, including attacks that he was purportedly behind and messages attributed to him.
CNN: World leaders react to news of bin Laden's death
World reaction poured in early Monday after President Barack Obama's announcement that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. The U.S. put its diplomatic facilities around the world on high alert and issued a global travel warning for Americans.
CNN: U.S. issues travel warnings, puts diplomatic facilities on high alert
he U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects "threats of retaliation" from al Qaeda in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, a department official told CNN early Monday.
Washington Post: Osama bin Laden is killed; Afghanistan reacts
After a decade-long hunt for the world’s most famous terrorist ended Sunday, Afghan officials who have lived most intimately with the fight against terrorism expressed relief that the long wait for Osama bin Laden’s killing was over at last.
TechCrunch: Here’s the guy who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Bin Laden
Yesterday Sohaib Athar was just a “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains”, specifically Abbottabad, northern Pakistan. But today he will become known as the guy who, while live-tweeting a series of helicopter flypasts and explosion, unwittingly covered the US forces helicopter raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound.
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BBC: US dollar and shares climb on news of Bin Laden's death
The US dollar has rebounded, and stock markets have gained in Asia after US President Barack Obama said Osama Bin Laden was dead. Oil prices slid more than 1%; the prices of gold and silver also dropped. Analysts said Bin Laden's death may lower security risks, and would help lift consumer sentiment in the US.
CNN: Debt ceiling fight is here
When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling will kick into hyperdrive. That's because Congress is now staring down a series of deadlines to raise the country's legal borrowing limit. First up: May 16, Treasury's latest estimate as to when U.S. debt will hit the country's $14.294 trillion ceiling.
Bloomberg: Asian Stocks Rise as U.S. Earnings Improve; Bin Laden Killed
Asia’s benchmark stock index rose to the highest level in almost four months after U.S. companies reported earnings that topped analysts’ estimates and President Barack Obama confirmed Osama bin Laden has been killed. “The death of bin Laden eases some concern, but it’s hard to imagine it’ll lead to a reduction of risk in the Middle East, and so the market’s reaction may be transitory,” said Koichiro Nishio, a market analyst in Tokyo at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
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President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden is dead.