1. SERIAL KILLER WANNABE. You know her as the Craiglist killer. Miranda Barbour and her husband are accused of murdering a man they found by posting an ad on Craiglist. But Barbour claims to be responsible for a killing spree that resulted in more than 20 deaths, from Alaska to North Carolina. So far, police have been unable to link her to any additional unsolved crimes. Is she making it up? If you ask me, the only thing more bizarre than someone who kills people as part of a Satanic cult is someone who claims to have killed tons of people as part of a Satanic cult, but didn’t.
2. KIEV ISN’T THE ONLY CITY ON FIRE. A temporary truce in Kiev didn’t last. Reports indicate that more than 70 protesters have been killed, with at least 500 more wounded. There is video of what appears to be snipers picking off protestors. One AP reporter described seeing a sniper from his hotel balcony. President Obama has said he is “outraged” by the use of automatic weapons by Ukrainian security forces. Here’s a liveblog to check for updates. Almost 6,000 miles away, in Venezuela, there has been a sharp uptick in violence as that country’s crackdown on protestors becomes increasingly brutal. And it doesn’t end there. Bangkok, too, is under siege.
3. NAZIS BACK IN THE NEWS. Earlier today, German police arrested three men. The charge? Accessory to murder. The men, who range in age from 88 to 94, are alleged to have been SS guards at Auschwitz during World War II. The US Army has a room full of “hidden treasures,” including a number of watercolor paintings by Adolf Hitler. In related news, a portrait of Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun, has just come up for sale. If you have a spare $10,000 lying around but never knew quite how to spend it, buy something else.
4. WHAT’S UP WITH WHATSAPP? In 2009, Brian Acton applied for a job at Facebook. They rejected him. Yesterday, Facebook announced plans to acquire WhatsApp, a company founded by Acton, for a whopping $19 billion. WhatsApp is a text messaging app with more than 450 million users worldwide. That number is only expected to go up. Why is the texting app you probably aren’t using worth the equivalent of nineteen Instagrams? What makes WhatsApp so good?
5. ALSO … Sarah Palin is calling for a boycott of BuzzFeed. It’s a long story, but it involves the wonderful intersection of a Mormon reporter, Donald Trump, a private jet, and an offended cocktail waitress. As long as you read this in addition to this, you will not be disappointed. A bar chart shows you what you’ve always wanted to know: how people swear on Twitter. The Dutch speed skating coach thinks American sports are a joke. In August 2007, the wife of the Church of Scientology’s most important leader, disappeared from public view. Where is she? No one really knows for sure.
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