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  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is facing a military tribunal in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Saturday.

    Mohammed, born in 1965, stands accused of a slew of horrific crimes, including terrorism and murder. A statement from the U.S. Defense Department claims that Mohammed and four co-defendants are "responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in the killing of 2,976 people."

    The specific charges include terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, and destruction of property in violation of the law of war.

    A photograph taken of Mohammed after he was captured in 2003 was widely distributed on the Web. In the picture, Mohammed looks disheveled with messy hair and a loose-fitting T-shirt.


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    On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg airship burst into flames over a New Jersey field.  75 years later, the disaster remains a source of mystery and fascination.

    The Hindenburg was one of the first disasters caught on film, thanks to newsreel coverage. It had an unmistakable effect on the masses (it doomed travel by airship) and remains one of the most iconic moments of the 20th century. Reporter Herbert Morrison's reaction, "Oh, the humanity," quickly became the stuff of legend.

    While the explosion was tragic and many people died, there were more survivors than you might think. Of the 97 people onboard, 36 people died (including one member of the ground crew). Despite all the attention that went into the determining the cause of the explosion, much remains a mystery.

    One theory states that the Hindenburg's fabric was highly flammable. However, according to, "scientific studies show that the Hindenburg's covering might not have been flammable at

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  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Yahoo/Phoebe Connelly)Facebook will launch its initial public offering (IPO) on May 18, with a corporate roadshow to mark the announcement beginning on Monday, May 7.

    The IPO is expected to be the largest ever by an Internet-based company. The date of the launch has remained somewhat in limbo as Facebook awaited approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the social networking site's S-1 filing, according to CNET.

    The news was first reported via The Wall Street Journal's Twitter account.

    Forbes contributor Darcy Travlos questioned the move, saying it might trouble Facebook's investors after reports that the company has experienced "slowing metrics" and recently acquired the photo-sharing site Instagram for $1 billion.

    Facebook's roadshow, in which the company will offer a presentation to potential investors, is expected to be held in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. The first meeting will likely take place on Monday

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