India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader, Narendra Modi, have won what appears to be a landslide victory in the country's six-week-long national elections. According to preliminary results early Friday, the Hindu nationalist BJP has won at least 272 seats in the lower house of Parliament; that would be an outright majority and enough to form a government outright, a feat no party has pulled off since 1984.
The long-dominant Congress Party conceded defeat. "We are accepting the people's verdict in all humility," party spokesman Shakil Ahmed told The Associated Press. Turnout was a record 66.4 percent of India's 814 million voters. Modi, who was governor of Gujarat state during bloody 2002 riots that killed more than 1,000 Muslims, campaigned on fostering economic growth and better governance. Peter Weber
A man in a full-body hedgehog jumpsuit and "surgical-style mask" was shot by police outside of a Baltimore TV station after setting a car on fire and claiming to be carrying an explosive, The Baltimore Sun reports.
The man reportedly entered Fox 45 in Baltimore claiming he had information to share with the station, except he was wearing a "hedgehog onesie" and boots, security guard Jourael Apostolides said.
— WYMT (@WYMT) April 28, 2016
While Apostolides didn't let the man into the lobby, he did take the flash drive from him (it reportedly contained a video of the man "talking about space and the government"). The man also appeared to be wearing something that looked like a bomb, and Apostolides called 911.
The man later left the Fox 45 building, where he was shot by a sniper on the street. Police officials say the man is still alive and that his hand is still in his pocket.
"He still poses a significant public safety threat," police commissioner Kevin Davis told The Baltimore Sun. Jeva Lange
Teen pregnancy rates are now lower than ever before, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out Thursday reveals, and it's not for the reason popular culture might lead you to suspect. While analysts do attribute the stark drop in teen birth rates — with, notably, a nearly 50 percent drop among Hispanic and black teens in particular — to better access to more effective contraception, they also contend that teens today are simply having less sex. The Washington Post reports:
...teens — despite their portrayal in popular TV and movies as uninhibited and acting only on hormones — are having less sex.
'There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,' said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. [The Washington Post]
All in all, in the last 23 years teen birth rates have plummeted by 60 percent. In 1991, teen birth rates were 61.9 per 1,000. In 2014, teen pregnancies hit a low of 24.2 births per 1,000. Becca Stanek
Ted Cruz is not what one would call a communist. That is why, as a joke, some witty young man reportedly decided to ask the Texas senator to sign Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel's seminal work on the philosophy, The Communist Manifesto.
Get it? Because Cruz hates communists. This is funny.
Ted Cruz, though, apparently did not get it:
— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) April 28, 2016
Way to ruin a good laugh, Ted. Jeva Lange
The Republican Party has not been this unpopular since 1992, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center released Thursday. According to the numbers, a whole 60 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP — up from 58 percent last October. Only a third of Americans view the party favorably.
Americans have held a more level opinion of the Democratic Party over recent years, with the numbers sticking around 50 percent with an unfavorable view and 45 percent viewing the party in a good light. A quarter of the public has a negative opinion of both parties.
Pew reports that the failing faith in the GOP mostly came from people who identified as Republicans. Eighty-eight percent of those who identified as Democrats, on the other hand, had a favorable image of their party.
Pew surveyed 2,008 people by phone between April 12 and 19. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 points. Jeva Lange
A Florida GOP official somehow decided it was appropriate to use Hillary Clinton's husband's past as a metaphor for how the Democratic frontrunner would fare against likely GOP nominee Donald Trump in general election debates.
"I think when Donald Trump debates Hillary Clinton she's going to go down like Monica Lewinsky," Bob Sutton, chairman of the Broward County GOP Executive Committee, told The Washington Post, referencing former President Bill Clinton's sex scandal with Lewinsky, which infamously involved oral sex.
Here's hoping Trump doesn't catch wind of the comment and get any ideas. Becca Stanek
The brother of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook was arrested during searches on Thursday, as was the brother's wife and her sister, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said in a statement. All three were charged with federal conspiracy, marriage fraud, and giving false statements.
The family was arrested in two different Southern California locations: Farook's brother, Syed Raheel Farook, and his wife Tatiana were arrested in Corona; Tatiana's sister Mariya Chernykh was arrested in Ontario. Chernykh is married to a man who is awaiting trial for conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012.
"Today's arrests open a new phase in the process of bringing to justice all individuals who allegedly committed crimes that were uncovered during our exhaustive investigation," U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said.
Farook and his wife were killed in a shootout with police after murdering 14 in attacks last year. Jeva Lange
When the body of "Jane Doe 59" was discovered with 150 stab wounds in the chest in the brush off Mulholland Drive on Nov. 16, 1969, it led to speculation that the unidentified woman had been killed by the Manson family — who just months before had murdered actress Sharon Tate and four others five miles up the road.
Forty-six years later, Jane Doe 59 has been identified as 19-year-old Reet Jurvetson. She was IDed after her sister, Anne Jurvetson, recognized Reet in a photo that had been discovered online by a mutual friend. A DNA test confirmed their relationship.
Reet Jurvetson grew up in Montreal and had dreamed of traveling to California; she vanished shortly after saving up enough money to fly there in 1969. "As months and then years passed, we imagined that she was making a new life for herself," Anne Jurvetson said, adding that it was "devastating" to learn her sister had been murdered.
Despite the nearness of Jurvetson's body to the Mansons' crime scene, officials are hesitant to draw conclusions but say they won't "rule out" the possibility Jurvetson is another Manson victim. One theory that has circulated since at least the 1970s is that Jane Doe 59 was present during the killing of a Manson follower and she was subsequently killed as to not be able to discuss it. An interview with 81-year-old Charles Manson revealed no new information or clues.
"It's a convenient thing, since [the Mansons] were obviously so capable of any disgusting violent act, to link them with murders that haven't been solved," Manson biographer Jeff Guinn said.
However, experts have long believed the cult was behind more killings than were confirmed. Jeva Lange