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A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned

Professor Herr, who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, stands amid mannequins displaying various bionic limbs his lab has developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in CambridgeBy Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster. By all accounts, Boston's hospitals performed well after the attacks on April 15, 2013. Looking back, a year after their hospitals were packed with blast victims, Boston officials have tweaked how they prepare for a disaster, now requiring city emergency medical personnel to carry tourniquets and developing a standard method for one city agency to track disaster victims in hospitals.



U.S., plaintiffs reach settlement on Iran-linked New York skyscraper

A building at 650 Fifth Avenue is seen in the midtown Manhattan section of New YorkBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed Thursday. The settlement between the Department of Justice and the families marks the latest step in a long-running case over ties between the Manhattan building at 650 Fifth Avenue and Iran. The skyscraper was majority owned by the Alavi Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes Islamic culture and the Persian language. In a 2009 lawsuit, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office claimed the Alavi Foundation was controlled by Iran.



Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday. Heavy security surrounded the Jewish Community Center on Thursday in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, where two of the victims were gunned down, and several hundred people crowded into the center's auditorium for the interfaith service. "We all needed to come together to... bring into this tragedy God, heaven, peace and love," Jacob Schreiber, president and chief executive of the Jewish Community Center, told the gathering.


Teen in 'Jihad Jane' case sentenced to five years in prison

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pakistani immigrant who is the youngest person ever convicted of U.S. terror charges was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday by a federal judge after pleading guilty to taking part in a plot to kill a Swedish artist. The immigrant, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, who was taken into custody three years ago for his role in the "Jihad Jane" conspiracy, will serve an additional two years in prison as a result of his crimes, ruled Petrese Tucker, chief judge for U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Khalid begged the judge for mercy and thanked his parents for their support during a court appearance. "Mom, Dad, you will forgive me 1,000 times even though I don't ask for it," said Khalid, who pleaded guilty to committing related crimes when he was as young as 15 and living in his parents' apartment in suburban Maryland.


U.S. in settlement with Lowe's over lead paint exposure to kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home improvement retail chain Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for violating rules governing lead paint exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said on Thursday. The company also agreed to implement a new compliance program at more than 1,700 stores nationwide, the agencies said. (Reporting by Julia Edwards, Valerie Volcovici and Aruna Viswanatha; Editing by Will Dunham)


Gay marriage has second appellate court hearing

Oklahomans for Equality gather at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Wednesday April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)DENVER (AP) ? Gay marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom.



New York political leader Basil Paterson dies

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Basil Paterson, father of former New York Gov. David Paterson, prepares to vote in New York. Paterson, who would have turned 88 on April 27, died at Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Mount Sinai Hospital, his family said. The Democrat served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor and New York's first black secretary of state. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87.



Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A Maryland teenager convicted with two American women in a Jihadist terror plot has been sentenced in Philadelphia to five years in prison.


Airport bomb threat leads to brief evacuation

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Authorities say the ticketing area of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was partially evacuated after a man said he had a bomb in his bag.


Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

CHICAGO (AP) ? An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago.