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Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will call more witnesses on Wednesday as they seek to spare his life by painting him as a normal teen who went astray when he followed his older, domineering brother in carrying out the attack. He was also convicted of killing a police officer three days later. Over the past two weeks lawyers for Tsarnaev have called three dozen witnesses who described him as a mild-mannered teenager who, even as his college grades slipped, remained the kind and well-liked youngster he had been as a child. "He never caused harm to anybody or disrespected anybody,"college student Henry Alvarez, who wrestled on the same team as Tsarnaev in high school, told jurors on Tuesday. Martin Richard, 8, Chinese exchange student Lu Lingzi, 23, and restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, died in the bombing. The Tsarnaev brothers also shot dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.
By Mark Hosenball and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.
(Reuters) - A police officer died of his wounds after he was shot by a man he was trying to stop in northern Idaho on Tuesday, officials said. Coeur d'Alene police sergeant Greg Moore was making a suspicious person check on Tuesday morning when the man opened fire, said police. The man then drove off in Moore's patrol car and led officers of a neighboring city on a high-speed chase, Post Falls Police Chief R. Scot Haug told reporters. The shooting comes a day after a New York City plainclothes police officer died from a gun shot wound to the head suffered during a confrontation with a suspect over the weekend.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ? Two of three people charged in the fatal shooting of a Canadian tourist in town for the Kentucky Derby have entered not guilty pleas.
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" but found only vodka and cigarettes has been sentenced to 1 ½ to three years in prison.
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads ? in this case Nevada's highways ? not only for testing, but business, too.
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The European Union unveiled Wednesday a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.