Also: Israel hits targets in Lebanon; San Diego's mayor is expected to resign; and after a wild start, there's been a clamp down at a high-profile corruption trial in China.
Chinese authorities clamped down on information coming out of the trial, one day after the defendant appeared to run circles around his accusers.
Also: Harrison Ford was Joan Didion's carpenter; Aziz Ansari has a book deal.
Reports about the use of chemical weapons near Damascus are "very troublesome," the president tells CNN. For the U.S., "core national interests" are now at stake: Syria's weapons of mass destruction must not be allowed to spread. But military action also requires international support, Obama says.
Obama and Biden will be making yet another visit to Scranton on Friday. The northeastern Pennsylvania city has become a must-stop for politicians trying to connect with working-class voters.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday. He is under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo. A court ordered his release this week, but Mubarak could go back to prison if he's convicted in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.
There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.
A new scientific report claims that a powerful quake can, in effect, be contagious. The finding could have important implications for hazard planning in earthquake zones.
Lawrence Cumberbatch's parents thought their 16-year-old son was too young to walk from Brooklyn to the March on Washington in 1963. And enlisting Lawrence's uncle to dissuade him didn't have quite the effect they had hoped for, Lawrence tells his son, Simeon.