Team Accepts Imus' Apology, Iraqi Parliament Meets Following Bombing In The MTV NewsFeed

Also: New Jersey Governor Corzine in serious condition after car crashed on his way to moderate Imus/Rutgers meeting.

Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said Friday (April 13) that the team has accepted Don Imus' apology after meeting with the syndicated radio host Thursday night, according to The Associated Press. But, she said, "We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget. ... It is not just Mr. Imus, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change. Let us continue to work hard together to make this world a better place." Imus referred to black women on the team as "nappy-headed ho's" on his radio show, which sent off a firestorm of controversy that resulted in his being fired from MSNBC and CBS Radio. ...

Less than a day after a brazen bombing inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone killed one — revised from earlier reports of eight casualties — and injured 22 inside the cafeteria in the parliament building, Iraqi legislators convened Friday morning for a special session. CNN reports that lawmakers opened the session — delayed 90 minutes because of low turnout and increased security — by reading passages from the Quran and condemning the action that took the lives of two of their colleagues. U.S. military spokespeople believe that al Qaeda in Iraq is to blame for Thursday's attack, with speculation centering on a possible inside job involving a suicide vest smuggled in through a faulty X-ray machine. The Islamic State in Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the bombing in a Web post. ...

A Columbus, Ohio, man is being held without bond on charges that he provided explosives training to al Qaeda operatives in Germany and that he was involved in plots to bomb European resorts and U.S. government offices overseas, according to The Washington Post. Christopher Paul, 43, has not been charged with committing any violent acts during the 18 years he allegedly backed anti-American radical groups, but federal grand jurors in Columbus claim he studied terrorist tactics in Afghanistan in the early 1990s during al Qaeda's early years and allegedly recruited others in Germany and trained U.S. colleagues to fight a "violent jihad outside the United States." Law enforcement officials also said Paul once roomed with Iyman Faris, an Ohio truck driver who pleaded guilty in 2003 to supporting a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. ...

New Jersey governor John Corzine, 60, was seriously injured in a car crash Thursday night that resulted in 12 broken ribs, a broken breastbone, collarbone, femur and lower back bone and injuries serious enough to land him in intensive care with a breathing tube. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that doctors said Corzine was lucky to be alive after the accident on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey in which the SUV carrying him from the governor's mansion swerved and bounced off another car before slamming into a guardrail. Corzine, who faces three to six months of rehabilitation, was on his way to moderate the meeting between fired shock jock Don Imus and the Rutgers women's basketball team when the accident occurred.