Staff Sgt. Bales Gets Life Without Parole: Yesterday, a military jury found Robert Bales guilty of killing 16 Afghan civilians last year. Bales described the killings in court as an "act of cowardice, behind a mask of fear."
Tully's Gets Too Steamy for McDreamy: Patrick Dempsey has given up his ownership of Tully's Coffee, after disagreements with his now ex-business partner Michael Avenatti. Dempsey said "I am happy to have been a part of the effort that brought awareness to the Tully's brand. I wish the Company and Michael all the best."
"Gateway to South Lake Union" Sucks: One of Seattle's fancier residential complexes, 2200 Westlake, will take on major repairs after years of issues involving leaks, buckled floors, and faulty window installation.
Man Dead in Everett Fire:After a fire raged inside an Everett apartment building, Fire crews found a man dead on the second floor. Other residents were able to get out, thanks to total stranger Karl Lehmann. Lehmann said he saw the smokes and flames pouring from the building, parked his car, and ran inside to warn residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer Plans to Retire, Stocks Surge: Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Balmer will only be staying with the company until a successor has been chosen. When news of his imminent departure leaked, Microsoft stock jumped nine percent.
Syria's on the Horizon: After allegations that President Bashar al-Assad's Government used chemical weapons on Syrians, President Barack Obama is meeting with his national security team to consider increased US involvement in Syria's civil war. Meanwhile, US naval forces shifted closer to Syria, awaiting the potential order to strike.
Your Love is a Prism: According to US officials, National Security Agency officers have been occasionally known to use their agency's power to spy on love interests. The practice—labled LOVEINT—constitutes most episodes of willful misconduct by NSA employees, officials said.
Bo Xilai "Made Mistakes": Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai—who is accused of bribery, corruption, and abusing his power—said in court that he made "serious errors of judgement", but said charges against him regarding the possible cover up of a UK businessman's death were "exaggerated."
This morning I was awoken by a screaming roommate, telling me to kill a spider just like this one. I saw the spider, screamed, and smacked it to death with a spatula. But how would a cat handle the situation?