Granite Haters
May 19, 2014

A controversy that engulfed the small town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has now come to end. Robert Copeland, a member of its three-person elected Police Commission, who shouted a racial epithet at a restaurant TV screen to refer to President Obama, has now resigned.

On Sunday night, Copeland notified Commission Chair Joe Balboni that he was resigning, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader. His email read simply: "Dear Commission Chairman Balboni, I resign. Bob Copeland."

Last Thursday, more than 100 people attended the Police Commission's regular public meeting, with many of them calling for Copeland to resign. (For context, Wolfeboro has about 6,000 residents.) As the Concord Monitor reported last week, Copeland had staunchly refused to apologize for his use of the slur, citing his First Amendment rights and insisting he is "not phobic." "My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among [U.S. minorities] undeserving of respect is no secret," Copeland said.

The incident brought national attention upon the town, even from Obama's former opponent, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who publicly called upon Copeland to resign. Eric Kleefeld

Golden Years
12:33 a.m. ET

David Letterman is talking a lot about his retirement, which makes sense since he only has a handful of shows left. President Obama has almost two more years left, but on Monday's Late Night, Letterman still asked him about his future plans. No dice. But dominoes, maybe. Some guests, like Steve Martin, go with the darkly comic when it comes to Letterman's retirement, but Obama was cheerfully goofy.

"I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominoes together," Obama said. "We can go to the local Starbucks and, you know, swap stories." It's worth noting that this is apparently what the president thinks "real people" do, and maybe he's right. Things get a little sappy at the end, but Letterman did elicit from Obama that he's planning to take a month off after leaving office. Well, it's something. —Peter Weber

The Dream of the '90s is alive on Fallon
12:09 a.m. ET

It's Monday, and if you're feeling a little nostalgic for the '90s, or the last time you were around the campfire with two romeos and a guitar, but you also want to laugh, Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon have your fix. On Monday's Tonight Show, Black and Fallon recreated the video for Extreme's "More Than Words," in, shall we say, period costume. The idea may have been to do a straight re-enactment, but Black is probably incapable of not clowning a bit, and what fun would that be anyway? Get your nostalgia on below. —Peter Weber

healthy choice
May 4, 2015
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By the end of 2016, Panera Bread plans to remove at least 150 artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, and sweeteners from its soups, sandwiches, salad dressings, and several bakery items.

The chain will discontinue using ingredients like fat substitutes and propylene glycol, a preservative used in deodorant and e-cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports. While a lot of food products will be affected, some offerings, like soda, will still have artificial ingredients. The company's chief executive officer, Ron Shaich, said Panera is trying to "give people a simple, easy Good Housekeeping seal-of-approval kind of approach to it."

Panera Bread has been planning to drop the ingredients since 2012, and has already stopped using the artificial sweetener sucralose and titanium dioxide, which is used to make mozzarella cheese whiter. Catherine Garcia

This just in
May 4, 2015

Papua New Guinea was rocked by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, which hit 80 miles south of the town of Kokopo at a depth of 40 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves up to 3 feet were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter, The Associated Press reports. The country's National Disaster Center said it had not heard any reports of damage from residents, and acting director Martin Mose said the center was sending a message to villages near the coast to "take extra precautions in case a tsunami is generated." Papua New Guinea is on the Ring of Fire, where earthquakes often strike, and this quake was centered in the same area as two weaker ones that took place last week. Catherine Garcia

caught on camera
May 4, 2015
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Last summer, everyone was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research — including one California police officer now charged with disability fraud.

Prosecutors say that a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police officer Jaime Robison, on disability for a lower back injury, lifting up a five-gallon bucket filled with ice water and pouring it over the head of another officer. Robison has been charged with four counts of insurance fraud, and prosecutors say that because she allegedly inflated her injuries, she cost the department up to $117,000, the Los Angeles Times reports. Prosecutors also think she exaggerated an injury in 2012 so she could collect over a year's worth of disability pay.

Robison pleaded not guilty on Friday. If she is convicted of all four charges, she could face up to six years and four months in county jail. Catherine Garcia

fancy fashion
May 4, 2015

Everyone who attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala goes with one goal: To turn heads. With this year’s theme being “China: Through the Looking Glass,” celebrities, socialites, and those who could spend thousands to get in showed up to the gala on Monday night wearing rich golds, fiery reds, and bold patterns. Here are just some of the more extravagant looks. —Catherine Garcia

Crime and punishment
May 4, 2015
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As his relatives spoke on his behalf during the penalty phase of his trial Monday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began to weep, one of the few times he has shown emotion while in court.

Tsarnaev was found guilty last month of all 30 charges against him in connection with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Now, during the penalty phase, his relatives shared stories and anecdotes about the young man that many haven't seen since his family left Russia in 2002, The New York Times reports. Cousin Nabisat Suleimanova said through a translator people "wanted to hug him and not let him go," while aunt Shakhruzat Suleimanova said he and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout after the bombing, were "so good, they wouldn't hurt a fly."

The defense wants Tsarnaev to receive life in prison without parole, while the prosecution is arguing for the death penalty, saying he has shown no remorse for his actions. In addition to his family taking the stand, last week, former teachers spoke in his favor, saying he was "kind," "smart," and "loved by all." "I still love him," Becki Norris wrote on Facebook, despite the fact he did "unfathomably horrible things." Catherine Garcia

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