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3 Pennsylvania residents to run Boston Marathon to help school stabbing victims

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three people from the western Pennsylvania town where 21 students and a security guard were wounded in a high school stabbing rampage hope to raise money for the victims by running the Boston Marathon. Kim Pekarcik said her 15-year-old daughter, Gracie, witnessed the carnage April 9 when another student used two kitchen knives to stab and slash his way down a hallway moments before classes began at Franklin Regional High … 0

Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter’s gay wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and onetime “Republican lawyer of the year,” learned of his daughter’s sexual orientation during the … 0

Earth-sized, ‘Goldilocks-zone’ planet found in distant solar system

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The hunt for Earth’s alien twin reached a new milestone with the discovery of a faraway exoplanet that’s not much bigger than our own globe and is theoretically capable of retaining liquid water. The planet is the first Earth-sized sphere found outside our solar system that also resides in the “Goldilocks zone” – the habitable range where the temperature is neither too hot … 2

Indian Supreme Court recognizes third gender

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Four months after India’s Supreme Court maintained that gay sex was a crime, the judges delivered a landmark ruling Tuesday saying that people of a third gender, neither male nor female, are legally recognized and have rights to education, jobs and driving licenses. “Recognition of transgenders as a … 0

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a … 0

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They said they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada said the backpacks were discovered last night, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the … 0

U.S. a wild card in Scots’ vote on independence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

With support growing for independence just months before Scots decide whether to break up with Britain, outsiders are weighing in with impassioned calls to keep the three-century-old union together. British officials from across the political spectrum, European Union leaders, corporate executives and retired military commanders have made their … 0

Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls yesterday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital – a surge of violence that raised … 0

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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 Colvin said Monday she … 0

Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel yesterday issued a preliminary injunction after the drugmaker, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month is unconstitutional. Zobel said in issuing … 0

Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack yesterday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an “anti-terrorist operation” to try to restore … 0

Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran’s ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade … 0

Boston library hosting exhibit of messages, other artifacts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon last April, mourners began leaving thousands of items at a makeshift memorial near the finish line to honor the victims of the attacks. Some left teddy bears, signs and marathon bibs while others draped running sneakers to commemorate the three … 0