Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* When James Eagan Holmes was apprehended by Aurora police, he identified himself as the Joker. He’d also dyed his hair red or orange.

* Though there were some competing accounts throughout the day, the official death toll stands at 12 people – 10 victims died in the theater, 2 died later at area hospitals.

* Mitt Romney delivered remarks on the tragedy in New Hampshire earlier.

* The threat of a financial crisis in Spain once again appears very real.

* The crisis in Damascus has sent as many as 30,000 Syrians fleeing into Lebanon.

* The drought that covers more than half of the continental United States “is the most widespread in more than half a century. And it is likely to grow worse.”

* A public-health emergency: “Whooping cough is causing the worst epidemic seen in the United States in more than 50 years, health officials said Thursday, and they’re calling for mass vaccination of adults.”

* The epicenter for new HIV infections is America’s Bible Belt.

* Glenn Kessler, after weeks of credible criticism, is reevaluating his defense of Romney’s Bain rhetoric.

* And it really is hard to imagine what Brian Ross was thinking.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report

Updated