- Reportbacks have come in for May Day festivities in Seattle, Olympia, and Vancouver, B.C. And someone even did the rail-line sabotage trick here in Oregon on Wednesday.
- Portland mayor Charlie Hales announced yesterday that he’s moving to decertify the Portland Police Commanding Officers Union.
- The FBI has placed longtime fugitive Assata Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list and upped the reward for her capture. Shakur, a Black Liberation Army militant, has been in Cuba since at least 1984, after breaking out of jail in 1979. She is accused of killing a cop in New Jersey.
- Labor statistics show that the U.S. added 165,000 jobs last month, which, if true, would bring unemployment to its lowest rate in four years, 7.5%. As this graph shows, jobs are now only being added at the rate of population growth.
- Syrian opposition activists are reporting a massacre in the village of al-Baida, in the country’s northwest. Government forces stormed the village yesterday, reportedly killing between 50 to 100 people.
- The lawyer who was prosecuting former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf over his alleged role in the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was shot dead by gunmen in Islamabad today, as he was driving to court. The prosecutor, Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali, was also investigating Pakistani involvement in the 2008 Mumbai massacre.
- The death toll in the Bangladesh garment factory collapse has topped 500 people. Authorities have arrested the site’s engineer, who they claim aided the owner in adding three additional floors to the factory illegally. The factory’s owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, is also in custody.
- A man opened fire in the ticketing area of Houston’s Bush International Airport today and was either killed by a self-inflicted wound, or by Homeland Security.