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March 11, 2014

It's one thing for Mariska Hargitay to catch fictional rapists in her role as Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU. But Hargitay is taking things a step further with her work to help law enforcement catch real-life rapists.

At a press conference in Detroit today, Hargitay spoke on the problem of untested rape kits, an issue about which she is also producing a documentary. During the conference, Hargitay voiced her support for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's push for legislation to clear Detroit's backlog of untested rape kits.

"To me, this is the clearest and most shocking demonstration of how we regard these crimes," Hargitay said. "One would assume that if someone endures a four- to six-hour invasive examination, that that evidence would be handled with care."

In 2004, Hargitay also founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to victims of sexual crimes. Here's to hoping her star power will help Worthy's office gain the resources it needs to test the backlogged kits.

Watch Hargitay's moving, tear-filled speech below. --Meghan DeMaria

6:00 a.m. ET
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On Friday, North Korea's Supreme Court found U.S. citizen Kim Dong Chul guilty of espionage and subversion, and sentenced the 62-year-old businessman to 10 years with hard labor. Kim is the second American sentenced to hard labor recently, after 21-year-old tourist Otto Warmer was given 15 years for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. The brief trial was conducted a week before North Korea's ruling party holds its first congress in 36 years.

Kim was arrested in October. Last month, he confessed before North Korean media to having collaborated with South Korean intelligence to bring down North Korea's leadership — which National Intelligence Service says is untrue — and trying to spread religion in the country. Previous North Korean prisoners have said their confessions were coerced. Peter Weber

5:15 a.m. ET

Legendary former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight is a big fan of Harry Truman and Donald Trump, the latter of whom he has endorsed for president. At a Trump rally in Indiana on Thursday, Knight raised some eyebrows when he compared the two men. "Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944 saved, saved billions of American lives," Knight said, with Trump smiling next to him. "And that's what Harry Truman did. And he became one of the three great presidents of the United States. And here's a man who would do the same thing, because he's going to become one of the four great presidents of the United States."

A 2015 survey of 162 American political scientists did find Truman ranked highly among U.S. presidents, at No. 6, but his decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, especially the second one on Nagasaki, is still controversial. Trump himself warns that nuclear weapons are the "single greatest threat" to the world, though he said Thursday morning that he "will never, ever rule... out" using a nuclear weapon on the Islamic State. On CNN Thursday night, Wolf Blitzer asked Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson about Knight's comments. "Well, I think this is just an example of what people are associating with Mr. Trump's strength and leadership, not the fact that he would actually drop an A-bomb," she said. You can watch below. Peter Weber

4:33 a.m. ET

Ted Cruz naming Carly Fiorina his potential vice president was "bold," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. "After Tuesday's huge wins by Clinton and Trump, Bernie Sanders saw the writing on the wall and laid off hundreds of staffers. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz saw the writing and covered it up with a 'Hang In There, Baby' poster." Colbert compared Cruz naming a running mate to the captain of the Titanic calmly announcing his "vice captain" as the ship sank, but said "Fiorina was clearly honored to accept this important job that will never exist." And that song she sang at the VP unveiling? "It's like Disney gave the wicked stepmother her own song."

Cruz isn't alone, though, Colbert said — every candidate is talking about vetting VP candidates. In the clip below, Colbert offered his unsolicited advice to Elizabeth Warren and all the other people whose names are being mentioned in the veepstakes. Peter Weber

1:53 a.m. ET

The Los Angeles Rams had the first overall pick at Thursday night's NFL draft in Chicago, and they chose Cal quarterback Jared Goff for their newly relocated franchise. The other contender being floated for first pick, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, was snapped up by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second overall draft pick. Goff, 21, said he is ready to move to L.A. "There's going to be pressure no matter when you're picked in the first round," he told reporters. "I think I can bring a lot to the table. I think I can bring a lot to the team."

There was a bit of drama before and during the draft with the social media accounts of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, previously considered a likely No. 1 draft pick. Right before the draft began, a video of Tunsil smoking something out of a bong while wearing a gas mask was posted on his Twitter feed, before being taken down, along with his Twitter account. Tunsil said his account was hacked but told ESPN that it was him in the 2-year-old video, adding that he doesn't have a drug problem.

The Miami Dolphins nabbed Tunsil as the No. 13 overall pick, and after the draft, someone posted an image of a text message exchange to his Instagram account that appeared to show Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller discussing paying the rent and bills of Tunsil's mother. In a news conference, Tunsil said that he had taken money from a coach at Ole Miss, telling reporters: "I made a mistake. That happened." When reporters asked if he had spoken with NCAA investigators, Tunsil was ushered out of the room. You can watch the first two draft picks in the video below. Peter Weber

12:43 a.m. ET

On Thursday night, Black Trump (The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr.) released a new music video for his song "They Love Me" (feat. Jordan Klepper). Its lyrics are verbatim lines Donald Trump actually said, with sycophantic ad-libs thrown in by Klepper. It's fun, it's (mostly) safe for work, you can dance to it, and it's a pretty clear encapsulation of the Trump message: I'm rich, and everybody loves me. Watch below. Peter Weber

12:20 a.m. ET

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had some tough words for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at Stanford on Wednesday night, calling him "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch," adding, "Over my dead body will he be president." That became "the top story in the country" on Thursday, Megyn Kelly said on Thursday night's Kelly File, upstaging Cruz's naming of Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Cruz gave his response to Kelly, saying he doesn't even know Boehner and criticizing the former speaker's friendly relationship with Donald Trump.

On Thursday afternoon, Cruz also addressed Boehner's broadside, saying "he allowed his inner Trump to come out" and framing the comments as an attack on the American people, not himself. "When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, he's not directing that at me," Cruz told reporters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "He's directing that at you," because he's blaming Cruz for holding him accountable. Watch Cruz make his case below. Peter Weber

April 28, 2016

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.

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

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