Three US allies now say there's proof the Syrian government has used a "sarin-type" chemical against civilians. Britain, France and now Israel are making the claims, drawing partly on soil samples and photos of attack victims foaming at the mouth. US defense officials call the reports "inconclusive."

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was formally charged Monday from his hospital bed. Tsarnaev is accused of using a weapon of mass destruction. A conviction could be punishable by death. Authorities had suspended reading the 19-year-old his Miranda rights to solicit information, but he still can't speak.

A car exploded in front of the French embassy in Tripoli today, wounding two guards and setting off a fire.

So that's all pretty depressing, but maybe this will bring cheer: Scientists are saying, now, that an airborne, hawk-sized "microraptor" was among the more indiscriminate jerks in an admittedly jerk-filled Cretaceous period. Experts once thought the little dinosaur fed only on what it could pull from trees. Turns out it basically just killed whatever. Dibs on penning a mashup of Jurassic Park 3 and The Birds starring a still-classy Tippi Hedren.

You're pretty smug there, all safe on the roadways, texting with your voice. Well, pal, researchers in Texas are here to take you down a peg.

First, the sequester ruins Fleet Week, now it's playing havoc with air travel. SO glad I studiously avoid the waterfront and have no money to fly anywhere.

No matter you're stance on parking-free apartments, there's good news! Plans for a new 50-unit project in Kerns have been revealed! Neighbors will formally challenge another!

HARK! The Weather Widget brings glad tidings of great joy! Stand in awe of her!


But you're at work, probably, so instead of basking in the sun maybe just look at it? NASA provides this model of the sun's activity over three years, confirming mostly that it is weird and terrifying.