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Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden's death with online statement and news from while you were sleeping

Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda statement confirming OBL's death.
Osama bin Laden
In this 1998 file photo, Osama bin Laden holds a press conference
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Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden's death with Internet statement Al Qaeda has confirmed the demise of Osama bin Laden in a statement dated May 3, and they are now calling for a new leader for the organization. Bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahri is the most likely successor.Bin Laden planning more U.S. attacks The intelligence data collected from Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan suggests that he was in the midst of planning attacks on the US. It appears as though Al Qaeda was aspiring to attack the U.S. rail system, including one on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. According to a spokesman for The Department of Homeland Security, a bulletin has been issued urging officials to remain at a "heightened state of vigilance." The spokesman further stated, "We have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the U.S. rail sector, but wanted to make sure our partners were aware of the alleged plotting." GOP Debate: Who is Herman Cain?Last night's GOP debate focused on issues primarily concerning Bin Laden's death and the U.S. economy. But the biggest standout of the night was the relatively unknown Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Cain pitched himself as the premier choice for the GOP nomination because of his lack of experience in an elected office. Cain's standout performance has generated buzz as his name is currently the number 1 searched term on Google. The majority of republican attendees agreed that Cain's straightforward demeanor won him the debate. The "big name" GOP potential candidates were absent from last night's debate. RIP Arthur Laurents Playwright, screenwriter, and director, Arthur Laurents died at age 93 from complications of Pneumonia. The two time Tony Award winner is best known for the Broadway musicals "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" as well as the film "The Way We Were." #AmericanIdol keeps watchers captivated It was no surprise to American Idol fans that Jacob Lusk was sent home last night. The R&B and gospel singer received the fewest votes following his performances of Chris Brown's "No Air" and Nazareth's "Love Hurts." Last night's show also boasted performances by in house judge, Jennifer Lopez as well as country star, Lady Antebellum. There are now only 4 contestants left in the American Idol competition.