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A police officer and his dog patrol Boylston Street near the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday, April 15, 2014 prior to a remembrance ceremony for family members and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Police say the … 0

New York 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 confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the … 0

Detroit makes deal with retired cops, firefighters

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DETROIT — The city of Detroit reached a deal with a group of retired police officers and firefighters that would protect pensions but trim annual cost-of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the bankruptcy case, mediators announced Tuesday. The city retreated from an earlier proposed 6 percent cut in pensions … 0

Ferry with 476 people sinks off SKorea

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, sank off the country’s southern coast today after sending a distress call, officials said. There were no immediate reports … 0

Congress giving states the transportation blues

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back … 0

Police: Ohio man’s drone hindered medical chopper

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene. Kele Stanley, of Springfield, said he’s been unfairly charged and would have landed it immediately if he knew … 0

Blood moon

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. The moon was eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow early Tuesday, beginning … 0

Smoking pot changes brain, study says

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems. “What … 0

India’s top court recognizes third gender category

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW DELHI — India’s top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. The Supreme Court directed the federal and state … 0

Ukraine: airport reclaimed from separatists

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MOSCOW — Ukrainian forces launched combat operations against pro-Russian separatists Tuesday and recaptured a military airport in the eastern part of the country, the acting president said. Explosions and gunfire were heard from around the airport, located between … 0

Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls from school in Nigeria

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said. The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, … 0

‘Anything you can do’

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons … 0

Five dead in Calgary’s worst mass murder ever

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — Five people were killed and the son of a police officer is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party attended by university students near the University of Calgary, the police chief said, calling … 0