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New SAT puts focus on achievement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like obsequious, propinquity, enervation or lachrymose. But you will need to be alert to the several possible definitions of words such as “intense.” In a given passage, does it mean emotional, concentrated, brilliant or determined? You might also face challenges related to historical documents, such as … 0

Defense says Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s family key to case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said yesterday that understanding Tsarnaev’s family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s lawyers have previously indicated that they are planning to argue that he was influenced by his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, … 0

States want Google to crack down on online drug sales

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counterfeit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue internet pharmacies. Their complaints, conveyed in a letter signed by 24 top state prosecutors, led to private meetings with … 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

Concord mayor: Homelessness report ‘beginning of a conversation’

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Harold Coffey’s T-shirt was tucked into his worn jeans, and his red cap was battered and faded. But when Coffey stepped up to the podium at last night’s Concord City Council meeting, the white sticker on his shirt was crisp. “Get with the plan to end homelessness,” it … 6

Ukraine asks for U.N. peacekeepers in east

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ukraine’s acting president urged the United Nations yesterday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport. The request came … 3

Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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 scant evidence the Army … 0

Questions linger year after Boston Marathon bombs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled confession condemning … 0

E-Cigarettes target youth with festivals, lawmakers say

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

E-cigarette makers aim to hook youth on their products using music festivals, free samples and candy-flavored versions, U.S. Democratic lawmakers said. The findings, in a survey released yesterday by members of Congress, should prod U.S. regulators to curb … 0

Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria yesterday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation’s capital. … 0

Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square yesterday, 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 off his … 0

Deadly gunfire in eastern Ukraine

Monday, April 14, 2014

The conflict between pro-Russian gunmen and Ukraine’s authorities turned bloody yesterday, with one security service officer killed and reports of people wounded on both sides, as the struggle for the country’s east escalated one week after separatists began … 0