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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 show evidence of 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

Ukraine turmoil escalates

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what … 0

Police: Man stabs 5 to death at Calgary house party

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city’s … 0

Hundreds missing as S. Korean ferry sinks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the … 0

Syrian fighting destroys ancient Christian center

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MAALOULA, Syria — From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below. “If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!” a … 0

Official apologizes for UN’s failure to stop Rwanda genocide

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council’s refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the … 0

Leader vows rebuilding effort after Chile fires

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VALPARAISO, Chile — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected … 0

Security Council views images of Syrian dead

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France’s ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, … 0

Supremacist held on $10M bond in Kansas shootings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 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 … 0

Death toll hits 37 in Wash. landslide; 7 still missing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 37th body has been recovered from the debris of last month’s landslide in Washington, officials announced Tuesday. The remains have not yet been identified, leaving the number of missing people at seven. The powerful and quick-moving landslide on March 22 in Oso killed families at home and … 0

NY police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — 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. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis … 0