Rest Of The World Still Talking About Wiretapping

A Bracken County man remained in critical condition Wednesday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after being injured in a fatal fire early Saturday that killed his wife and children in their home near Brooksville. [Enquirer]

Buzzfeed’s expose of the pathetic maunderings of some Christianist politico, and how his whole company fell to shit is a story whose important details of will naturally be overshadowed completely by the fact that the said Christianist politico accidentally sent Michele Bachmann a “female pleasure machine,” which was definitely not at all a black 15-inch double-donged dildo. [Wonkette]

A man alleged to have poured gasoline on himself and his wife while threatening to set them both on fire appeared before Judge Paul K. Winchester in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. [Times-Tribune]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D) were among their respective parties’ most prolific fundraisers, according to campaign disclosures. [The Hill]

There are revealing new details after a man and dog were electrocuted in the water at Rough River Lake. A submerged shore power cord electrocuted Kyle McGonigle, 38, according to a medical examiner’s report released from the Grayson County Coroner’s Office. [WAVE3]

Obama administration officials have faced sharp questions from Capitol Hill lawmakers about the US government’s surveillance programmes. The House judiciary committee questioned why it was necessary to build a database of phone records. [BBC]

A former Madison County Clerk was indicted Wednesday for theft in connection with his duties in public office. [Richmond Register]

More than three months after the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon, the court cases stemming from the attack remain cloaked in an unusual degree of secrecy, stirring concern from transparency advocates and First Amendment lawyers. [Politico]

Kara Tingle’s mother says she thinks about her every day. Sheila Tingle says not knowing where her daughter is has made the last three years very tough to get through. [WKYT]

With their simultaneous display of hubris, remorselessness, incompetence and corruption, the banks have finally ignited a modicum of courage in banking regulators. [ProPublica]

At or near the top of every list of ways health care reformers see to hold down medical costs is unnecessary visits to hospital emergency rooms, usually by those on public assistance or unable to pay for the service. [Ronnie Ellis]

New claims for jobless benefits dropped last week to their lowest level in four months, a positive sign for hiring that could bolster expectations the Federal Reserve will ease its monetary stimulus this year. [Reuters]

Eight people from southeastern Kentucky were granted new trials Wednesday after a federal appeals court overturned their convictions in what prosecutors described as a massive vote buying scheme that stretched over three elections. [C-J/AKN]