Specter Dies: Former Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) died Sunday from complications of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The five-term senator, who was the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman from 2005 to 2007, was 82.
D.C. Homicides: Murders are difficult to solve and prosecute in Washington despite a drop in homicides from a peak of 482 in 1991 to 108 last year, The Washington Post reports. The newspaper reviewed almost 2,300 homicides in D.C. between 2000 and 2011, finding that less than a third have brought a murder or manslaughter conviction.
Giant Leap: Austrian Felix Baumgartner went supersonic on
Sunday, jumping from a balloon that was more than
24 miles above Earth's surface to break the world record for the highest skydive, Space.com reports. "I know the whole world is watching now, and I wish the world could see what I see," Baumgartner said before the jump. "And sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you really are."
Lance Armstrong: The Am Law Daily speaks with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) lawyers about the investigation into claims that cyclist Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs. The interviews follow the release of the organization's 202-page reasoned decision effectively labeling cycling's biggest star a fraud. Bryan Cave litigation partner Richard Young, who served as outside counsel to the USADA during its Armstrong investigation, said he was sure Armstrong and his lawyers would head to arbitration in an effort to bankrupt the agency. "Lance has more money than the agency," Young said. "So I expected a contentious prehearing period, but also that we'd have a lengthy hearing and an arbitration panel would write the reasoned decision instead of us."