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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

How to get more time to file your taxes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

America’s annual tax reckoning is here once again and for many who have yet to file their federal tax return, that means a mad dash to beat Uncle Sam’s deadline. The Internal Revenue Service already has received nearly … 0

Window opens on secret Gitmo camp

Sunday, April 13, 2014

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise … 0

Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily

Sunday, April 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping … 0

Quality control

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death world of criminal justice often operates without a similar mechanism for … 0

Chile fire toll: 11 dead, 1,000 homes destroyed

Sunday, April 13, 2014

VALPARAISO, Chile — A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city throughout the night and day on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and destroying at least 1,000 homes. More than 10,000 people … 0

Bus-truck highway wreck kills at least 36 in Mexico

Sunday, April 13, 2014

VERACRUZ, Mexico — A passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames, killing at least 36 people Sunday in southern Mexico, the Veracruz state government reported. Both state and federal officials said that four people … 0

Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Police accused a Utah woman of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years after they found the tiny bodies stuffed in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman lived in the Pleasant Grove home until three years ago and was arrested … 0

Sweet relief

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PRENTISS TOWNSHIP, Maine — The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it’s the forest that will be the … 0

Ukraine to deploy troops in anti-terror operation

Monday, April 14, 2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukraine is deploying troops in a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine’s President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address. The previous president, who fled to Russia after … 0

Navajo families receive electricity for first time

Monday, April 14, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso. The couple who raised eight children in the LeChee area of the Navajo Nation did so without a power line running to their home. … 0