1. BOMBS EXPLODE NEAR FINISH OF BOSTON MARATHON
Twin blasts leave a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs.
2. AROUND THE WORLD, RAMPED-UP SECURITY
Sports events – like Sunday's London Marathon – draw special attention in the aftermath of the Boston attack.
3. OBAMA SCOURS SENATE FOR GUN CONTROL SUPPORT
A vote on expanding background checks for firearms buyers could take place late this week. But passage is anything but certain.
4. ATTACKS IN IRAQ BEAR HALLMARKS OF AL-QAIDA
A series of deadly car bombs appears aimed at sowing fear days before the first elections since U.S. troops withdrew.
5. WHERE LEADER'S BIRTHDAY BRINGS UNEASY CALM
Despite the fiery rhetoric leading up to the anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth, North Korea did not mark the event with a missile launch, as it did last year.
6. SIGNS OF PROGRESS FOR NASCENT AFGHAN FORCES
Afghanistan's 203rd Thunder Corps conducts large-scale operation on its own, killing at least 20 Taliban without direct support from coalition forces.
7. NO SPECIAL MEDAL FOR `CYBER WARRIORS'
Defense secretary Hagel cancels the creation of a new military award for operators of drones who never set foot in combat zones.
8. WHAT SPOOKED WALL STREET
The stock market had its worst day of the year, trigged by fears of an economic slowdown in China.
9. WHO CONTROLS GENETIC INFORMATION IN YOUR BODY
The ability to patent genes could hang a Supreme Court decision later this summer.
10. TAX PROCRASTINATORS, REJOICE
As long as you don't owe any additional taxes, there's no penalty for filing a few days late.