Convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gestures towards a surveillance camera in his holding cell in this 2013 surveillance image released by the U.S. Justice department on April 22, 2015.

‘I thought … I was dead,’ says dancer maimed in Boston bombing

By Elizabeth Barber, Reuters on April 23, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
BOSTON — When ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis heard a blast as she stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon two years ago, she knew it was no accident and suspected another explosion would follow. But she had no idea the second bomb was beside her until it went …

Secret Service took a year to fix broken alarm at George H.W. Bush home

By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post on April 23, 2015, at 6:44 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Secret Service took more than a year to replace a broken alarm system at former president George H.W. Bush’s home, raising concerns within the agency about the safety of the Houston residence and the Bush family, according to a government report scheduled to be released Thursday. An …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins delivers the annual Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine in Orono in this March 31, 2015 file photo.

Susan Collins blasts officials for lack of highway funding plan

By Mal Leary on April 22, 2015, at 5:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday criticized U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for what she said was his agency’s failure to provide a blueprint for reforming the Highway Trust Fund. Collins, who chaired a hearing on the Transportation Department’s budget, said the Highway Trust Fund, which provides billions …

After his daughter’s death from heroin, a dad’s plea for loved ones to intervene

By Mark Hayward, The New Hampshire Union Leader on April 22, 2015, at 8:14 a.m.
His daughter dead with a needle in her arm, a grief-stricken father has responded to his loss in an unusual way. He has disclosed the heroin addiction of his oldest daughter — Molly Alice Parks of Manchester, New Hampshire — and pleaded with the loved ones of addicts to get …

DEA chief to step down as Congress probes sex party secrets

By Mark Hosenball, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 9:23 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged. Michele Leonhart will leave as DEA administrator in mid-May, said …

Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief

By Scott Malone, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
BOSTON — Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she …

Colorado man cited for ‘killing’ uncooperative computer with handgun

By Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 4:15 p.m.
DENVER — Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after what authorities said had been a long battle with the uncooperative machine. Lucas Hinch was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after …

Homeland Security to set up cybersecurity office in Silicon Valley

By Bill Rigby, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 4:14 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the final stages of planning to set up a satellite office in California’s Silicon Valley, aiming to build relationships with the technology industry and scout for talent there, the department’s secretary said Tuesday. The move would be unprecedented and …

Nine people charged in Kentucky in bourbon heist

By Steve Bittenbender, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Nine people were charged Tuesday in Kentucky with stealing more than $100,000 worth of bourbon whiskey. Prosecutors say the plot was led by distillery workers who had been taking bourbon for years. The theft came to light when barrels were discovered behind a shed. Stolen bourbon included …

Utah mother gets 15 years to life for killing 6 newborns

By Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
PROVO, Utah — A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, …

Six Minnesota men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

By David Bailey, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 8:21 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. authorities have charged six Somali-American men from Minnesota with planning to join Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota said Monday. The six, all U.S. citizens, were part of a larger group of friends and relatives who had been …

South Carolina paper wins Pulitzer prize for domestic violence coverage

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 8:19 a.m.
NEW YORK — The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston, South Carolina, won the prestigious Pulitzer prize for Public Service on Monday for its series on domestic violence against women, “Till Death Do Us Part.” The New York Times won Pulitzer prizes for international reporting on the front lines of …

Prosecutor: Reputed mobster said he had access to art stolen from Boston museum

By Richard Weizel, Reuters on April 21, 2015, at 6:12 a.m.
MILFORD, Connecticut — An reputed mobster arrested last week on gun charges told an undercover FBI agent he had access to world-renowned masterpieces stolen 25 years ago in the biggest art heist in U.S. history, a federal prosecutor said Monday. That allegation in U.S. District Court in Hartford on Monday …

Chicken sausage recalled after plastic pieces found

on April 20, 2015, at 10:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Kayem Foods is recalling about 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday. The Chelsea, Massachusetts, firm received complaints from two consumers who found small pieces of plastic …

Geoffrey Lewis, actor in several Clint Eastwood movies, dies at 79

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times on April 20, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Geoffrey Lewis, a character actor with hundreds of Hollywood credits who was best known for his roles as a sidekick in Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 79. Lewis, whose rugged features and blue eyes made his face more recognizable than his name, had a heart …
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in the Boston Marathon explosion, is pictured in this undated FBI file handout photo. Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev is set to return to court April 21, 2015, for the next phase of his trial, when prosecutors will argue he should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly attack in 2013.

Boston bombing penalty phase set, but Tsarnaev remains a mystery

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau on April 20, 2015, at 5:02 p.m.
BOSTON — Each morning around 9 a.m., a courtroom door would swing open and a young man in a sport coat was escorted by beefy U.S. marshals to the defense table. For a few moments, the 21-year-old defendant appeared animated, smiling a bit with lawyers, fussing with his thick, dark …
Paul McCartney (left) and Ringo Starr perform together during the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, April 18, 2015.

Ringo Starr among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

By Kim Palmer, Reuters on April 20, 2015, at 3:36 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist Saturday — the last of the four bandmates to earn the honor in a ceremony in Cleveland celebrating some of the biggest stars of rock music. Among the 2015 …
"Doctor fish" nibble dead skin from an employee's feet as part of a pedicure at Yvonne's Day Spa in Arlington, Virginia.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona ‘fish pedicures’

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on April 20, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the owner a Phoenix-area spa that ran afoul of Arizona state regulations that barred her from providing pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead skin. The high court’s action, made without comment by …
Study suggests Dr. Oz's advice is incorrect about half the time.

‘Dr. Oz’ to mount on-air defense against critics who want him fired

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on April 20, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.
Mehmet Oz, the television host “Dr. Oz,” plans to set aside a portion of his popular TV show in the coming week to address critics who say he no longer deserves to be associated with a prestigious Ivy League university. The detractors sent a letter last week to Columbia University’s …
FBI Director James B. Comey takes a question during a news conference on the release of the 9/11 Review Commission report in Washington, D.C., on March 25. An article by Comey published in the  Washington Post earlier this week sparked outrage in Poland over comments made in the article that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust. Poland has since summoned the U.S. ambassador and demanded an apology.

Poland summons US ambassador over FBI head’s Holocaust remarks

By Reuters on April 19, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
WARSAW, Poland — Poland has summoned the United States’ ambassador in Warsaw over an article written by a top U.S. intelligence official on Poland’s alleged responsibility for the Holocaust during World War II, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The article by FBI director James Comey, published in the …
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