Killed: President Barack Obama, in an address to the nation late Sunday from the White House, said U.S. forces in Pakistan killed Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Thousands of people gathered outside the White House, Times Square and at ground zero in lower Manhattan. Investigative work on a courier led the authorities to the $1 million compound that harbored bin Laden, who was killed in firefight.
Stop!: Missouri state officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to blow up a levee that would flood 130,000 acres of farmland to ease flooding at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Missouri officials argue the plan violates the state's clean-water laws.
Slashed Support: Faced with substantial budget cuts, the New York state courts system has eliminated funding for a program that supports lawyers who are coping with drug and alcohol abuse, The New York Law Journal reports. The program, established in 2001, brought statewide resources to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse among lawyers, judges and law students.
Associates in Demand: The recent rebound of M&A and IPO activity in Silicon Valley has contributed to new demand for midlevel associates, particularly in corporate departments, The Recorder reports. Cooley and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are bumping associate salaries up. Litigation, licensing and patent prosecution attorneys are also in high demand.
Striking Out: A judge has thrown out a Mets fan's suit over a broken bat that flew into his face. The suit said the Mets and Major League Baseball should have done more to protect fans against shatter-prone maple bats.
Apologies: Sony executives are apologizing for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network that exposed personal data of 77 million accounts. Sony is vowing to increase security measures. The FBI is investigating what Sony officials described as a "criminal cyber attack" on the company's data center in San Diego.