The must-read news stories for April 16, 2013.
A Boston police officer stands guard Tuesday at a memorial site at Boylston and Arlington streets along the course of the Boston Marathon, a few blocks from where two explosions struck near the finish line. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert/Getty
The latest on the Boston bombings
While still a fluid situation, a few more details have come to light in the 24 hours since our last edition.
• Two of the three victims killed in the bombing have been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell; the third fatality has not yet been identified. The most updated numbers had 176 injured, 17 of those critically.
• During a statement earlier today, President Barack Obama addressed the bombings as an "act of terror." [Sun-Times]
• The Associated Press reports that the bombs were in pressure cookers hidden in backpacks and contained materials meant as maiming shrapnel, such as ball bearings, nails and metal scraps. [Associated Press]
• Meanwhile, in Chicago, police remain vigilant even though there have been no known threats made against the city. [NBC Chicago]
• One final note: After a heckler asked a question at a Boston press conference asking about a "false flag staged attack," one user bought a potential URL for a conspiracy-minded website as a preventative measure.
Fraud at Sacred Heart
Federal authorities raided Sacred Heart Hospital and arrested five, including owner Edward J. Novak, in a fraud investigation that included unnecessary surgeries on elderly patients in a kickback scheme. [Sun-Times]
A computer glitch in its reservation system played havoc with American Airlines' computers system, grounding the airline's flights nationwide until late afternoon. [Sun-Times]
Over three dozen are reported dead after an earthquake struck near the Iran-Pakistan border. The quake reportedly hit 7.7 on the Richter scale. [L.A. Times]
Fraud in Des Plaines
13 Des Plaines police officers were suspended after being accused of lying about the hours they worked in order to receive overtime pay out of federal funding. [Sun-Times]
A nearly 600 page report by a nonpartisan group claims that there is "indisputable" evidence that the U.S. used torture as an interrogation technique in the years since the 9/11 attacks. [N.Y. Times]
If you're a smoker who likes to just toss your cigarette butts wherever, you may soon be fined $50. [Sun-Times]
North Korea still out there
At the risk of being drowned out by other news, North Korea renewed its threat to do something. [Express UK]
Goat's head soup
Authorities are looking into whether or not the body of a decapitated goat found in a Cook County forest preserve is tied to the goat head that was mailed to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts last week, because curses are totally true and the Cubs' failures are not at all the result of years of front-office and on-the-field mismanagement. [Sun-Times]
A man was nabbed by police for trying to sell a baby alligator for $300 on Craigslist, which might seem weird but it goes really well with the end table he was trying to unload. [Tribune]
I, for one, welcome our new giant snail overlords. [HuffPo]
Sky's the limit
The Chicago Sky drafted Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne in last night's WNBA draft. [ABC 7]
The NFL will unveil its full 2013 schedule this Thursday at 7 p.m. [ESPN]
The Bright One
In lighter news, the Bears' three-day mini-camp opened today and Adam Jahns has six things you should follow this week. [Sun-Times]
Even a single taste of beer can bring joy to your otherwise cold, dreary life. [Smithsonian]