A CIA drone targets no. 2 Al-Qaida leader; Wisconsin has its governor recall election today; giant hairy spiders attack an Indian village; tonight is the transit of Venus; and Romney’s solar panel company files for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Sony will release the Wonderbook equipped with J.K. Rowling’s latest work, “The Book of Spells.”
Maureen + Caitlin
Pakistan: Al-Qaida No. 2 at house hit by US drone, http://apne.ws/LlWm8H
Pakistani intelligence officials report that a CIA drone targeted the house that al-Qaida’s second-in-command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was staying on Monday, though there was no confirmation that he was killed. After Osama bin Laden was killed, al-Libi became second-in-command and reportedly ran daily Al-Qaida activities in Pakistan. US officials are “optimistic” that al-Libi was one of the five fatalities reported from the drone strike. Pakistan, who has called for an end to the US’s drone program, has reported more than 12 deaths. One expert said that al-Libi’s killing would be “another reason not to accept Pakistan’s demand for an end to drone wars.”
History in the making: Election Day arrives in state’s first gubernatorial recall, http://bit.ly/L0pm8M
Wisconsin voters will go to the polls today and decide whether or not to recall Governor Scott Walker. If the results match polling predictions, Walker will be the first governor to walk away from this challenge. If the electorate vote in favor of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who ran against Walker in 2010, Walker will be the third governor in US history removed from office.
Giant Spiders Spark Panic in Northeast India, http://bit.ly/KK9V62
Two villagers from a remote village in northeast India have died after suffering bites from giant hairy spiders. Authorities are unsure whether the fatalities resulted from the spiders’ venom or medical treatments—local witch doctors cutting the victims with razor blades to drain the venom. The bodies were cremated before any autopsies could be conducted. Seven other bite victims were given antibiotics after this same treatment. The spiders were first spotted about a month ago in the Tinsukia district.
Romney-backed Konarka solar panel firm files for bankruptcy, http://wapo.st/LlUWPo
Just one day after Romney criticized President Obama for the failure of solar power company Solyndra at its headquaters, a solar panel firm, Konarka, supported by some $24 million in loans from Romney’s Massachusetts government, has filed for bankrputcy. The Obama campaign was quick to call attention to “a new example of Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy.” The Romney campaign responded by calling attention to Obama’s avoidance of the struggling economy.
To Watch Venus Journey Across the Sun, a City Filled With Vantage Points, http://nyti.ms/M962In
For the last time in this lifetime, the transit of Venus will be making its way across the sun just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. If weather permits, the transit will be visible in New York City until sundown at 8:24. This event will not occur again until 2117.
E3 2012: JK Rowling working with Sony on interactive storybook, http://tgr.ph/M43jwj
Sony has released plans for its Wonderbook, an external device for the PlayStation 3 home console that will “bring interactive storybooks to life.” Sony has set the Wonderbook release for later this year. It will feature fictional and educational books for the device. The first release on the Wonderbook is “The Book of Spells” been written by Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling. “The interactive story will take readers/players through wizard training at Hogwarts.
‘Snow White’ Screwed Us Out of Dwarf Roles!, http://bit.ly/NeGnPW
Community Leads Critics’ Choice TV Awards Nominees—What Other Shows Were Recognized? http://http://eonli.ne/Mdj9HI
Kate Middleton, William and Harry Give Thanks to Queen Elizabeth on Final Day of Jubilee Celebrations, http://eonli.ne/JJdvcK
Madonna offends French political leader with swastika imagery, http://bit.ly/NEztRQ
Amber Portwood Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, http://bit.ly/KBFPTY