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6:30 PM ET, April 12, 2009

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CNN:
American captain rescued, pirates killed, U.S. official says  —  (CNN) — The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
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Associated Press:
Official: US sea captain freed in swift firefight … MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
Fox News:
Ship Captain Rescued From Somali Pirates  —  American sea Captain Richard Phillips was safely rescued Sunday from four Somali pirates, who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a U.S. intelligence official said.  —  Three of the pirates were killed …
R.M. Schneiderman / New York Times:
U.S. Captain Held by Pirates Is Freed  —  Richard Phillips, the captain of an American cargo ship held hostage by armed Somali pirates for more than four days, was freed on Sunday after three of his captors were killed, government and shipping officials said.
Washington Post:
U.S. Ship Captain Rescued From Pirates by Navy Seals  —  Mombasa, Kenya, April 12 — An American captain being held by Somali pirates was freed unharmed Sunday in an operation carried out by U.S. Navy Seals, U.S. military officials said.  Three of the pirates were killed and the fourth was captured.
TigerHawk:
Captain Phillips has been rescued  —  The Wall Street Journal sent me an alert seconds ago that said that Captain Richard Phillips has been rescued in a U.S. Navy operation and that we killed three of the bad guys in the process, and took another pirate into custody.
BBC:
US captain held by pirates freed  —  The captain of a US cargo ship taken hostage by Somali pirates has been released and is safe, the US Navy says.  —  Three pirates were killed in the operation to free Captain Richard Phillips after being held in a lifeboat for several days.
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Dobson concedes that the far right has ‘lost’ the culture war.  —  In a farewell address to the staff of Focus on the Family, James Dobson conceded that evangelical conservatives had lost most of the recent so-called “culture war” battles.  Attributing the right's recent failures to the …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas on Easter: St. John's Episcopal  —  President Barack Obama, his wife and two daughters attended Easter service this morning at St. John's Church, a favorite chapel of presidents past situated just across a sun-splashed, flowering park from the White House, the president's first church attendance …
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New York Times:
Crisis Altering Wall Street as Big Banks Lose Top Talent  —  The turning point for Stephan Jung came in February, around the time bonus checks were slashed.  A veteran of UBS, one of many banks tarnished by the financial crisis, Mr. Jung realized that the old Wall Street would not be bouncing back any time soon.
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William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Everyone an Instapundit: How the Left Underestimates Twitter  —  I've noticed a trend over the past few weeks, roughly concurrent with the Twitter-reinforced Tea Party movement, which is a tendency on the Left to dismiss Twitter both for its apparent limitations as well as its embrace by the political Right.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Warren bails on ‘This Week’ interview  —  Instead of explaining contradictory statements over his actions regarding California's Prop 8 on same-sex marriage, Rick Warren went with Plan B today: He didn't show up for a planned interview on ABC's “This Week.”  —  “For those of you tuning …
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Reid Wilson / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Warren cancels ABC interview
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Mexico: U.S. Supplies 90% Of Cartel's Guns  —  Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan argued against doubts raised by the National Rifle Association that ninety percent of all assault weapons seized in northern Mexican originate from the United States.  —  The key issue, Sarukhan reiterated …
 
 
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