Bin Ladin is dead
By Mark Hosenball and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON | Sun May 1, 2011 11:06pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered by U.S. authorities, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
President Barack Obama was to make the dramatic announcement shortly in a hastily called, late-night appearance at the White House.
It is a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team. Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had repeatedly vowed to bring to justice the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, but never did before leaving office in early 2009.