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BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Thursday, his first appearance in public in more than a year, as his lawyers prepare for the January start of his trial on charges of carrying out the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev, 21, last appeared at U.S. District Court in Boston in July 2013, when he was charged with killing three people and injuring more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. He also was charged with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later. ... . . more
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By 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. ... . . more
By 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. ... . . more
By Nate Raymond and Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to sue New York City over widespread alleged violations of the civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, it said Thursday, raising the prospect of federal oversight of the troubled jail. The move by Manhattan U.S. ... . . more
Police say they're investigating after students reported seeing a sexually explicit video involving juveniles circulated among classmates in Bristol Township. . . more
BOSTON (AP) Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has made his final court appearance before his trial begins next month. . . more
LAS VEGAS (AP) The man who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions from gambling regulators for the second time this month about his cocaine use and questionable business dealings. . . more
MIAMI (AP) When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets. . . more
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:09 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. . . more
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:39:12 -0500
Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. . . more
CINCINNATI (AP) A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. . . more
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:26:54 -0500
A Philadelphia police cruiser was involved in a crash Thursday morning in the Germantown section. . . more
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:25:35 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates. . . more
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:22:39 -0500
ST. LOUIS (AP) In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place traffic court. . . more
PITTSBURGH (AP) Federal authorities have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. . . more
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. . . more
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. . . more

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