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Tsarnaev's lawyer admits he carried out Boston bombing
BOSTON (AP) -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on trial for his life Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing with his own lawyer bluntly telling the jury he committed the crime. But she argued that he had fallen under the influence of his older brother....

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Latest gay marriage ruling creates confusion in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The state of marriage in Alabama was thrown into confusion Wednesday as probate judges struggled to decide whether to follow the state high court's ruling banning same-sex weddings or a federal judge's earlier order to issue licenses....

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged critics of a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran to come up with a better alternative Wednesday, in a spirited rebuke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that the emerging pact would leave Tehran just a step away from making atomic arms....

APNewsBreak: 2 nations wouldn't take man later shot by LAPD
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- U.S. officials say authorities were forced to release a foreigner before he was shot by police on Los Angeles' Skid Row because no country would take him....

Maryland shootings suspect arrested near 1st shooting scene
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- There was a break in the case of a man who fired shots on several occupied vehicles and the headquarters of the National Security Agency when he returned to the scene of the first shooting, police said Wednesday....

In Ferguson, scathing US report brings pressure for change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of the street....

Winter weather wrath? Pooches' paws feel the pain, too
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- People aren't the only ones suffering from a seemingly endless winter of bone-rattling cold, record-busting snow and ice-slick sidewalks. Pooches' paws feel the pain, too....

Lawyers: Georgia waffles on execution with cloudy drug
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia officials waffled on whether to proceed with an execution when the lethal injection drug was discovered to have a cloudy appearance, according to court documents, and one expert said their decision to postpone it was the right move....

Searches focus on rings to help Chinese women have US babies
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Women who come to the U.S. from China to give birth to automatic American citizens may not be breaking the law by doing so, but it's illegal to lie about why they're coming into the country....

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