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Accused Boston bomber says satisfied with defense lawyers

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was dressed in a dark sweater and wore his hair shaggy for his appearance at U.S. ...



U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Alan Gross takes a selfie with his wife, Judy Gross, onboard a government plane headed back to the U.S. in this White House handout photoBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...



NYC subway extension may transform Manhattan neighborhood

A man passes by the still unfinished 34th St. Hudson Yards stop for the Number 7 subway line in New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Work crews are scrambling underneath New York City to finish the city's first major new subway stop in 25 years, a fast-track project intended to revitalize a long-neglected slice of Manhattan. The city's transit authority has been working for seven years on the $2.4 billion extension of the Number 7 subway line, once known mainly for transporting fans to New York Mets baseball games and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. ...



Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case ruled competent to stand trial

By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman are competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack on their classmate the morning after a sleepover in May in Waukesha, a suburb west of Milwaukee. ...


Thousands respond to black rhino import request

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ? A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter's application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill.


Mom, boyfriend wavie preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillan

Mom, boyfriend wavie preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillanThe Chester County couple accused of torturing a three-year-old boy to death appeared before a judge on Thursday.



Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.


Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release.



Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo is Robert Bashara in Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. A jury on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, convicted the former Rotary Club president of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class Detroit suburb with women who called him ?Master Bob.? (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)DETROIT (AP) ? A jury on Thursday convicted a Detroit-area man of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."



Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) ? Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.