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  • Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. (AP)

    The al-Qaida online magazine Inspire reportedly was hacked by U.S. intelligence officials in an effort to sabotage it, according to The Washington Post.

    And the hacking seemed to do its job, at least temporarily, according to the report. When the magazine was published on May 14, the Post reported, its first page appeared garbled and the following 20 pages were blank.

    The corrupted version of the magazine was quickly taken down. A restored version was published on May 30. According to ABC News, it “devotes a significant portion of its 30-plus pages to the April 15 bombing.”

    The English-language magazine published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is printed in English and may have served as a tool for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, according to previous reports.

    ABC News also reports the magazine appeared to reference its possible link to the Boston attacks, which killed three and injured 260: "Lone-Jihad is impossible to counter and stop, except when basic cooking

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  • Mitch Anderson (Facebook)

    A Texas high school senior used his graduation speech last week to announce to his family, friends and fellow students that he's gay.

    Mitch Anderson, a member of Belton High School’s 2013 graduating class, told a local radio station that he had never come out to anyone before his salutatorian speech on Thursday at the Bell County Expo.

    “Once I got up there and started talking, I felt completely fine,” Anderson, who lives in Temple, Texas, told KTEM News Radio.

    “I myself am guilty of self-doubt, relying on others to give my life definition,” Anderson said in his speech. “But that time has passed, and I feel the moment has arrived for me to be publicly true to my personal identity. So now, I can say, I’m gay.

    "It is both a significant portion of who I am and an inconsequential aspect," he continued. "It’s as natural and effortless to me as breathing. I couldn’t change myself even if I wanted and, believe me, I have."

    Anderson, who will be studying biology at the University of Texas in

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  • File photo of Debra Nelson, who has been a Florida judge for 14 years. (Joe Burbank/Pool/Getty)

    The Sunshine State is no stranger to sensational court cases.

    There was six weeks of Casey Anthony courtroom drama in 2011. Then who can forget Judge Larry Seidlin crying over the fate of Anna Nicole Smith's corpse in 2007?

    The State of Florida v. George Zimmerman, which started jury selection this week in Sanford, Fla., has the makings of another high-profile cliffhanger.

    Zimmerman, a volunteer crime watchman in his Sanford neighborhood, is accused of profiling, pursuing and fatally shooting unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in February 2012. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot in self-defense when Martin attacked him.

    Presiding over the case is Debra S. Nelson, described by defense attorneys and others as a no-nonsense jurist.

    “She doesn’t play games,” Orlando criminal defense attorney Luis F. Calderon told Yahoo News. “She doesn’t come across as mean, but she’s pretty firm in her rulings.”

    [RELATED: Jury selection enters Day 3 in Zimmerman trial]

    Calderon says Nelson is a stickler

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