U.S.and European stocks plummeted as American home sales dropped, Greeks seemed poised to elect a radical-socialist party and Spain teetered on the financial brink.
- Independent groups supporting the Republican party plan to spend $1 billion on the 2012 presidential election, raising the likelihood that the incumbent's once seemingly daunting reelection effort will be out-spent.
- Pollsters are including Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in presidential polls — a sign that they anticipate the former New Mexico governor may shake up the race.
- Underground chemists' ability to quickly synthesize new drugs has wildly outstripped the government's capacity for banning stuff. The result is more-potent, and potentially more-toxic, highs.
- Elizabeth Olivas, salutatorian of her Indiana high school, resident of the U.S. since she was four and daughter of a naturalized U.S. citizen, may be stranded in Mexico for three years, because she missed an American visa deadline by one day.
- Chen Xitong, mayor of Beijing mayor during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, said he was "sorry" and that the deaths could have been avoided, according to a new book.
- A Fort Worth police officer showed up at the wrong address, killed the family border collie, and claimed he'd mistaken it for a pit bull. Because it's ok to go to strangers houses and kill their dogs if they're pit bulls.
- After a dollar he handed to a disabled panhandler touched the ground, John Davis was charged by Cleveland police with littering, and socked with a $344 fine.
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