5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen holding what appears to be a crack cocaine pipe in a video still, released April 30, 2014.
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Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Rob Ford Seeks Help As New Drug Photos Emerge

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for his alcohol problem, he said Wednesday, as new images emerged showing the politician smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

The images – obtained by Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper, as well as the website Gawker – come from a video surreptitiously shot by a self-professed drug dealer. Ford can be seen gesturing in the images, which mark another public sideshow in Ford’s leadership of a city with more than 2.5 million residents.

PHOTO: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in a video surreptitiously shot by a self-professed drug dealer, released April 30, 2014.
The Globe and Mail
PHOTO: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in a video surreptitiously shot by a self-professed drug dealer, released April 30, 2014.

2. 2 Dead, More Than 100 Injured In Fla. Jail Explosion

At least two people are dead and more than 100 others are injured after an apparent gas explosion at a Florida jail, authorities said, with the blast likely related to recent flooding in the region.

3. James Franco Says Lindsay Lohan 'Stalked' Him

James Franco swears "on my mother's life" he never had sex with Lindsay Lohan.

The "Palo Alto" actor, 36, spoke with Howard Stern on Wednesday and said even though she put him on her alleged sex list that somehow went public, things never went that far with the actress.

"Alright, we maybe kissed," he said, but added that "it was lame."

PHOTO: James Franco is seen in Brooklyn, New York, April 29, 2014 | Lindsay Lohan is seen at Watch What Happens Live, April 17, 2014.
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PHOTO: James Franco is seen in Brooklyn, New York, April 29, 2014 | Lindsay Lohan is seen at "Watch What Happens Live," April 17, 2014.

4. Dog Steals the Show (and Gloves) During Softball Game

This dog wants to play. All it needs is a glove. Or two.

A pitbull ran onto the field during a softball game between Western Oregon and Simon Fraser University in Oregon Sunday, swiping two players' gloves and halting the game.

The dog entered through an open gate, running to shortstop. Players swatted at the dog, trying to stop it. But the dog had other plans, yanking the shortstop's glove and running into the outfield.

5. Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' Heads to Auction

One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," is going to auction this summer.

Sotheby's is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million.

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