Welcome to "First Shots," a daily roundup of early-bird news and a preview of what's to come.
• Saddam Hussein's longtime foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, 74, today was sentenced to death by hanging for hunting and executing members of the Shiite religious parties under the former regime. (AP)
• Iran's state-run news organization reports that the country this morning began loading fuel into its nuclear reactor. (Washington Post)
• A new report says Somalia is the world's most corrupt country. Other countries topping the list: Burma, Afghanistan and Iraq. (BBC News)
• The Kentucky Senate debate was surprisingly civil last night. But outside the debate location -- a brutal attack. (Atlantic)Read More »from FIRST SHOTS: Saddam Hussein minister sentenced to hanging, no more psychic octopus