By now the word is out: al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, killed in a firefight with U.S. agents or military troops, announced President Barack Obama in a nationally televised speech tonight.

There is still much to be known about what exactly happened, the amount of Pakistani involvement in the attack, and the possibility of al Qaeda striking back. But for now, the news of Osama bin Laden's death is being welcomed across the country. We'll post more as the news comes in.