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  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks
    Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

    BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice
    Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber.

  • Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths
    Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman's life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns.

  • New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims
    New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

    NEW YORK (AP) — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

  • Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings
    Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

  • Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths
    Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

  • Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971
    Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971

    ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities said Tuesday.

  • Correction: Fatal Shooting-Victims story

    LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — In a story April 14 about victims of the shootings at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, The Associated Press erroneously identified the mother of the 14-year-old victim as Mindy Losen. Her last name is Corporon.

  • New York judge: Jurors can hear imam praise 9/11

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian Islamic preacher's statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes can be heard by a jury sitting just blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, a judge ruled Tuesday.

  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues
    Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction wrkers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

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