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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

Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year’s marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper’s coverage of the attack. The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday’s anniversary of … 0

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

Monday, April 14, 2014

BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes … 0

Don’t get ‘hangry,’ have a snack

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar … 0

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA … 0

Kansas shooting suspect had history of racism

Monday, April 14, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet there’s … 0

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin … 0

At least 71 killed in Nigeria terror attack

Monday, April 14, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside his nation’s capital, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. … 0

Indian nation petitions

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file … 0

Whitefish shortage makes Passover problem

Monday, April 14, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it’s … 0

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Monday, April 14, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday. Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both … 0