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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury selection process in federal court. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers seek dismissal

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge yesterday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors in federal court. Tsarnaev’s attorneys said in a motion that a three-year review they conducted into the makeup of both grand juries and trial juries in the District of Massachusetts turned up “substantial violations” of both the federal jury selection law and a constitutional requirement that juries represent a fair cross section of the population. Specifically, the lawyers cited an underrepresentation of African-Americans and people older than 70 on juries. Prosecutors … 0

Concord man charged in Bicentennial Square stabbing

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A 28-year-old Concord man was arrested and charged with nonfatally stabbing another man about 1 a.m. Tuesday in Bicentennial Square. Christian Economides was arrested yesterday afternoon and was charged with a felony of second-degree assault, the police said in a statement. He was initially arrested Tuesday and charged with resisting arrest and possession of controlled drugs. But the police said they lacked enough … 1

U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A federal judge yesterday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the … 0

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon yesterday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, Mo., where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since … 0

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s friend pleads guilty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty yesterday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted in federal court … 0

Lancaster woman wants grave ransacking charge dropped

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A woman accused of ransacking the grave of her father in search of his “real will” is asking a judge to dismiss the charge, arguing the body was never destroyed or removed. Eddie Nash, a businessman, died of a heart attack in 2004 at 68. His cement vault … 0

Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago’s southern suburbs yesterday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that the police said began as a robbery attempt. … 0

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson’s leaders urged residents yesterday to stay home after dark to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old … 0

Police seize 42 pounds of marijuana

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Manchester police have seized more than 42 pounds of marijuana after being alerted by a U.S. postal inspector and a police dog about a suspicious package. The person who signed for it, 33-year-old Celso Nunez Baez of Manchester, consented to a package search and detectives found 16 … 0

N.H. breaks ground on new Concord women’s prison

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

About 100 people, including Gov. Maggie Hassan and several state legislators, gathered yesterday behind the Concord state prison to mark a moment more than 20 years in the making: the ground-breaking for New Hampshire’s first permanent, all-inclusive women’s … 5

Second N.H. veterans’ court planned

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Hampshire’s first court dedicated to helping veterans charged with crimes won’t be its last. Veterans’ advocates and health care providers will meet this month to begin planning a similar court for Grafton County, located near Vermont’s White … 0

N.H. GOP staffer charged with disorderly conduct in chicken suit incident

Monday, August 18, 2014

A 23-year-old New Hampshire Republican Party staffer who the police said harassed two top Democratic officeholders during a parade faces a September court date on a charge of disorderly conduct. The Londonderry police told WMUR that Michael Zona of Manchester was wearing a chicken suit and aggressively clucking … 5

Pathologist: Missouri teen may have had his hands raised

Monday, August 18, 2014

An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by the police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was … 3