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Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s greatest races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area. Race organizers, in the aftermath of the twin bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 people, expanded the field of runners by 9,000, … 0

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, … 0

Why eyewitness testimony is no longer considered gold standard

Friday, April 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small … 0

Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week’s fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them. … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

Friday, April 18, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. … 0

Mexico earthquake causes panic but little damage in the capital

Friday, April 18, 2014

MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake shook a wide area of Mexico on Friday, terrifying residents and sending many fleeing into the streets. There were no initial reports of serious injuries or major damage in the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred about 9:30 … 0

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Friday, April 18, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. The Sherpa guides had … 0

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be … 0

Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone

Friday, April 18, 2014

BC-VT--Vermont Yankee,126 Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone Eds: APNewsNow. Associated Press VERNON, Vt. — The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the reactor after it ceases operation later this year. The … 0

Diplomats strike deal to ease Ukraine crisis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement does not … 0

FBI probe bogs down 9/11 trial

Thursday, April 17, 2014

FORT MEADE, Md. — The judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, confirmed Thursday that the FBI is investigating apparent wrongdoing by the defense team for suspected mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a complication that has further delayed the complex, slow-moving case. The sudden turn … 0

Chaos described on sinking ferry

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores … 0

Chelsea Clinton expecting baby

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother and that wish has finally come true — with Chelsea Clinton announcing at a Clinton Foundation event Thursday that she and her husband are expecting … 0