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FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial for allegedly conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

Defense: Tsarnaev Carried Out ’13 Boston Marathon Bombing

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Boston — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime. “It was him,” said defense attorney Judy Clarke, one of the nation’s foremost death-penalty specialists. But in a strategy aimed at saving Tsarnaev from a death sentence, she argued that he had fallen under the malevolent influence of his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan. “The evidence …

Court Hears Challenge to Obamacare

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Washington — A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president’s signature health care law. During an unusually long oral argument, several members of the court, including potential swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned of a “death spiral” that …

Clinton Emails Subpoenaed

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Washington — A House investigative committee issued subpoenas late Wednesday afternoon to the State Department, seeking a deeper look into former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nearly exclusive use of personal emails to do her official business during her tenure, the committee confirmed Wednesday. The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which first discovered Clinton’s use of a personal email based on a …

Beef Prices Not Coming Down Soon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — There’s little relief ahead for record U.S. steak and burger prices. While cattle ranchers like Brenda Richards are expanding herds for the first time in almost a decade, it can take two years to get more meat on the plate. After shrinking supply sent beef costs …

Wheat Thins Markets Hidden Message

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — When The Escape Pod, a small Chicago ad agency, was charged with creating a new campaign for Wheat Thins, an outside-the-box idea came from the box itself. Drop a few letters from the name, and Wheat …

New Home Sales Near Six-Year High

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — New home sales in January held close to the fastest pace in more than six years, consistent with slow and steady progress that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. housing market since early 2012. Americans purchased 481,000 properties at an annualized rate last month, little changed …

U.S. 2014 Wine Exports Second Highest on Record

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California. The European Union was the largest buyer of U.S. wine at $517 million, followed by Canada ($487 million) and Japan ($88 million), the Wine Institute …

No Drones Allowed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Low-cost hobby drones are making the power of flight accessible to anyone with a few hundred bucks to spare. But a combination of technology and safety laws could take the controls out of users’ hands. When a DJI …

McDonald’s Details Restaurant Opening Slowdown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

McDonald’s is cutting back on U.S. restaurant openings this year, after vowing to improve financial results under new leadership. McDonald’s plans to open about 125 restaurants and update about 100 in the United States this year, the company said Tuesday. In 2014, McDonald’s opened 222 U.S. stores and …

What Investment Advice Rule Changes Might Mean

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Obama administration is proposing tougher regulations on investment brokers that officials said would curb hidden fees and conflicts of interest that cut into Americans’ retirement savings. The proposed rule changes — the subject of intense behind-the-scenes fights between financial services firms and reform groups — are broadly …

Computer Beats Humans at Space Invaders

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Computers already have bested human champions in Jeopardy! and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: Space Invaders. Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from the 1980s, like …

Happily Never After?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — All together now: All you need is love. Love is all you need. It seems like such a simple recommendation, and yet it can be awfully hard to find this essential component of a happy and …

Money Talk: Options to Lower Cost of Housing

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I’ve been on disability for more than 10 years, and I receive $1,527 a month in Social Security Disability Insurance. My rent starting in March will be $1,400. I’m not opposed to moving, but after checking literally thousands of listings, I found that what I’m paying is …