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In court for 1st time in months, Boston marathon suspect Tsarnaev gets shout of encouragement
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings....

Judge rules 2 Wisconsin girls competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday....

Parents of German student who was shot to death in Montana say ordeal upended their lives
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken....

Obama signs bill blocking benefits for Nazi war crimes suspects after swift action by Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits....

Feds sue New York City over widespread violence against young inmates at Rikers Island jail
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates....

NASA's Orion spacecraft back home in Florida after test flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck....

Exiles express outrage, surprise and support for US-Cuba plans to normalize relations
MIAMI (AP) -- When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets....

AP IMPACT: At least 786 kids die of abuse or neglect under watch of child protective services
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....

Review panel calls for outsider to lead Secret Service, more personnel and training
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency....

Court stops Arizona from denying driver's licenses to immigrants protected from deportation
PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has cleared the way for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses....

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