Syrians from Sheikh Maskeen region of southern Syria head to Deraa to support protesters. Protests spread across Syria on Friday, challenging the rule of the Assad family after their forces killed dozens of demonstrators in the south. Cables released by WikiLeaks show the U.S. State Department financed opposition groups in Syria. (Khaled al-Hariri - Reuters)
E-mails show BP trying to sway research on spill

Internal memos from BP acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request show BP officials trying to determine how to influence the research and funding of the gulf oil spill. As the Atlantic Wire reports, “results of this research will have a lot of effect on what penalties BP ultimately faces — including criminal charges.”

Love in a crossword puzzle

This week, the cupids over at Style played matchmaker to Corey Newman and Marlowe Epstein. Newman proposed by placing clues in the Sunday crossword. Watch as he has to steal a paper to get the crossword:

Nixon library lifts Bob Woodward’s ban

On Monday night, Bob Woodward will set foot in the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., for the first time ever. He’s been banned ever since it opened in 1990. Old grudges die hard.

This day in history

On April 18, 1930, the BBC had no news to report. Really. From the BBC Web site: “Listeners who tuned in to hear the bulletin on Good Friday itself were informed: ‘There is no news.’ Piano music followed.”

Goodbye, Gatsby

Depressing news of the day: The house that may have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” has been torn down to make way for five homes: