Trending In Our News Feeds – Boston bombers considered July 4 attack. Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI that he and his brother considered launching an attack on July 4th and using suicide vests. The Tsarnaevs decided to strike on Patriots’ Day when they finished their pressure-cooker bombs ahead of schedule. Dzhokhar has refused to answer further questions since a judge read him his Miranda Rights. His legal team may cut a deal to have Dzhokhar talk with investigators if they agree to take the death penalty off the table.
Meanwhile, authorities have arrested a Massachusetts high school student for posting threatening rap lyrics on Facebook about the Boston bombing. Cameron D’Ambrosio’s bail is set at $1 million. He faces up to 20 years in jail. A student at UMass-Dartmouth who claims she had a “fling” with Dzhokhar talked about the suspect with Mother Jones. She calls Dzhokhar a “hands-y teenaged boy.”
Weak support for U.S. Syria intervention. Pew Research Center polls show there is little support for Western intervention in the Syrian conflict, even as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel confirms that the U.S. is considering arming Syrian rebels. 45% of Americans support U.S. military intervention in Syria, while citizens of European superpowers oppose arming Syrian opposition. Jordan is the only country polled in which a majority of citizens support Western intervention. Government officials familiar with Syrian intelligence tell The Daily Beast that the U.S. may not be able to disarm Assad’s government even if they want to: they transport their chemical weapons around the country on trucks.
Police arrest Bangladesh building designer. Authorities have arrested one of the designers of the factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh, as the death toll in the tragedy tops 500 this morning. The engineer, Adbur Razzak, warned the owner of the Rana Plaza the day before the collapse that the building was not safe to enter. He is being held for his role in designing the factory. In an effort to downplay the tragedy of the collapse, Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, “The present difficulties… well, I don’t think it is really serious — it’s an accident. These are individual cases of… accidents. It happens everywhere.”
Construction nears completion on 9/11 memorial. Cranes finished hoisting the spire on top of the One World Trade Center building yesterday. Once a final beacon is installed, the building will stand 1,776 feet tall. It will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. One World Trade Center is expected to open next year.
Poll finds high expectations unjustified for pending grads. A new poll by consulting firm Accenture reveals a gap between the expectations of graduating college seniors and the reality faced by new members of the work force. 15% of pending grads say they expect to make less than $25,000 during their first year on the job, but 32% of new workers report a salary below $25,000. 32% of college seniors expect to move back home after graduation. 44% of graduates from the past two years are currently living with their parents.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – Mitt Romney Gives College Graduates the Worst Advice Ever (Andrea Ayres-Deets, @missafayres) – Mitt Romney encouraged new graduates to go out and have a bunch of kids in a speech at Southern Virginia University. Thanks, but I’ll pass, Mitt.
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This Texas Judge's Strip Club Ruling Titillates America With Sexual Innuendos (Morgan McDaniel, @memcdaniel) – Judge Fred Biery decided to have some fun with an opinion on a San Antonio ordinance regulating strip clubs.
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60 Days In, the Situation Is Growing Increasingly Desperate For Fasting Gitmo Detainees (Aubrey Bloomfield, @aubbloomfield) – Physiologists say hunger strikers rarely survive longer than 60 days. Gitmo prisoners may put that rule of thumb to the test as they approach the two-month mark in their fast.
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Parents Taking Pictures Of Their Kids With Their First Rifle Is A Thing (Elizabeth Plank, @feministabulous) – These kids are way too young to be holding rifles. What were their parents thinking?
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The 10 Most Glaring Weaknesses Of Our Greatest "Super" Heroes (Abdul Siddiqui, A_R_Siddiqui) – These weaknesses make our favorite superheroes (a little) more like us.
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We Should Totally Get Rid Of Parent Days (Laura Donovan, @LauraDonovanUA) – Because everyday should be Mother's (and Father's) Day.
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What We’re Sharing – Marco Rubio: “Conservatives aren't anti-immigrant—conservatives are pro-legal immigration” (WSJ).
Meet the man who’s been living off inherited royalties from the children’s book Goodnight Moon (Joshua Prager).
Find out what happened when the NY Times sent an undercover reporter to study hipsters.
You’d be surprised by what Van Halen can teach you about Obamacare (Washington Post).
Because of a medical condition, this woman can’t recognize her own face (New Scientist).
Will a tattoo ever hang in the Louvre? (New Statesman)
Learn about the insane coffee habits of famous artists (Slate).
After a decade of research, Harvard engineers have created flying insect robots.
Guess who got 25,000 followers on Twitter by sending one tweet? (Business Insider)
Dessert – 32 photos that will make your stomach drop.
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