Tamil Tiger Leader Killed; Celebrations In Sri Lanka

Good morning. It's May 18 — The Two-Way's first day of operations. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this morning. Meanwhile, these are among the stories making headlines:

The Times of India — Tamil Tiger Leader Killed: "Sri Lanka's state television station announced on Monday that Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has been killed, and the army commander said the last pockets of rebel resistance have been cleared from the north."

From the Associated Press: Sri Lanka's government also "sent a text message to cellphones across the country announcing Prabhakaran was killed along with his top deputies, who were known as Soosai and Pottu Amman."

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In Colombo, Sri Lanka, today a vendor sold national flags as some celebrated the end of fighting. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The New York Times — "Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says": "Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan's nuclear program."

Los Angeles Times — Earthquake Rattles L.A. County: "A magnitude 4.7 earthquake shook a large stretch of Southern California on Sunday night. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, though some broken windows, falling dishes and minor property damage occurred."

— NPR's Morning Edition — Obama Calls For "Open Minds": "President Obama tackled the divisive issue of abortion this past weekend, urging people on all sides of the debate to seek common ground. But less noteworthy than what he said is where he said it: the University of Notre Dame. The Roman Catholic institution had drawn criticism for inviting the president, whose support for abortion rights is at odds with church doctrine."

Related story by The Washington Post: "Cheers, Protests At Notre Dame."

Newsday — Swine Flu Kills Assistant School Principal In Queens: "The swine flu virus claimed its first New York fatality Sunday with the death of an assistant principal at a Queens public school who had fallen sick last week. Mitchell Wiener, 55, the assistant principal at IS 238 in Hollis and an educator for 30 years, died Sunday at 6:17 p.m. at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, a hospital official said."

The Washington Post — "Key Decisions On Hold" at Treasury: "Unresolved issues are piling up" at the Treasury Department "in part because of vacancies in the department's top ranks. But some of the officials also cite the Treasury's ad-hoc management, which is dominated by a small band of (Secretary Timothy) Geithner's counselors who coordinate rescue initiatives but lack formal authority to make decisions. Heavy involvement by the White House in Treasury affairs has further muddied the picture of who is responsible for key issues, the officials add."

— BBC News — Opposition Leader's Trial Opens In Myanmar: Democratic activist and Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi "has gone on trial at the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon. She is charged with breaching the terms of her house arrest, because of a visit by an American man who swam across a lake to her house earlier this month."

— USA TODAY — Local Police Facing Cuts: "The recession is altering local law enforcement in the U.S. by forcing some agencies to close precincts, merge with other departments or even shut down. Once largely spared from the deepest budget cuts, some police departments are struggling to provide basic services, police officials say."

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