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Parents: No Death For Bomber

Friday, April 17, 2015

Days before a jury is scheduled to begin deciding whether to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the parents of the youngest person to die in the Boston Marathon bombing urged federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table. In a front-page essay published Friday in the Boston Globe, Bill and Denise Richard called on prosecutors to drop the death penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial and bring the case to …

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Flood New Hampshire

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nashua, n.h. —Just days after Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the race — and days before she heads to New Hampshire herself — more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls descended on the first-in-the-nation primary state Friday to jockey for a coveted breakout moment in the battle to take her on. GOP rivals at a party gathering tested out new lines of attack on …

Highway Abuzz With Millions of Bees After Truck Tips

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lynwood, Wash. — A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State …

Russia Lifts Missile Ban On Iran

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Moscow — Russia lifted its ban on sending an advanced air-defense system to Iran on Monday after pressure from Tehran to follow through with a deal holding the potential to alter the strategic balance in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to remove restrictions on shipping the …

Tulsa Gun Case Draws Scrutiny

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tulsa — A 73-year-old Oklahoma insurance executive serving as an unpaid volunteer sheriff’s deputy was charged with manslaughter Monday after officials accused him of negligence in the death of an unarmed suspect who had been shot with a gun instead of a Taser. The victim, Eric Courtney Harris, …

Blackwater Guards Sentenced

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Washington — A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten, of Tennessee, to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded …

Deep Sleep Studied For Space Travel

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What better way to pass a long stretch of time than by entering a deep sleep to shut down some bodily functions and conserve energy? Bears do it to get through cold winters. So do many smaller mammals, including squirrels and hedgehogs. But for humans, hibernation has been …

Drought Drys Up Calif. Farm Jobs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Davis, Calif. — California’s drought problems could have far-reaching impacts. A disproportionate amount of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown in California, which ranks as the top produce in a number of popular foods. But the drought forced California farmers to fallow 500,000 acres of land in …

Judge Sentences Jodi Arias to Life Without Parole

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Phoenix — The nearly seven-year legal saga of Jodi Arias ended Monday as a judge sentenced her to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend, and the victim’s sisters unleashed their pain over the 2008 murder that captivated …

NASA Scientists Say We’ll Find Alien Life in 10 to 20 Years

Monday, April 13, 2015

Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.” “I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,” Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for …

Brain Knows To Start Learning

Monday, April 13, 2015

Anyone who’s ever learned music probably remembers reaching a point when they just played without “thinking” about the notes. It turns out that a little bit of disconnect goes a long way in learning motor tasks, according to a study published online last week in the journal Nature …

Comic Book Heroes Not Hiding in the Shadows Any More

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s Lex Luthor’s worst nightmare. Television is recruiting more comic-book superheroes than the Justice League of America, from the steely-eyed members of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., featuring cameos from the blockbuster Avengers films, to The Flash, the highest-rated series in CW’s history. And the squad is expanding. Netflix …

Pope: Turks Committed Genocide

Monday, April 13, 2015

Vatican City — Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urging the international community to recognize it …