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Life and death at the heart of Boston bombing trial

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BOSTON - From the moment U.S. prosecutors stand up on Wednesday and begin their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, their minds and those of their defense counterparts will be focused on just one thing: The death penalty.

Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook

WASHINGTON - Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain - fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them.

Politics, 9:18am EST

Funeral set for four Missouri shooting victims as probe continues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Funeral services for four of seven people slain last week in a small town in Missouri are scheduled for Thursday as authorities seek a motive in the killings.

2:26pm EST

California Republicans vote to charter gay political organization

LOS ANGELES - California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized.

7:04pm EST

Two shot at North Carolina nightclub hosting rappers T.I., Young Jeezy

- Two people were wounded in a shooting at a North Carolina nightclub on Saturday where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were performing, local media reported.

11:07am EST

Chicago baseball legend Minnie Minoso dead, trailblazer in racial integration

- Baseball great Minnie Minoso, the first black major leaguer to play for a Chicago team, died on Sunday at age 90.

Sports 4:11pm EST

Investigators search for what triggered Missouri rampage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman's mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage.

28 Feb 2015

Suspect surrenders in fatal Los Angeles street race crash

- A driver has surrendered to police and faces murder charges after fleeing the scene of an illegal street race near Los Angeles, where two died after he lost control of his sports car and plowed into a crowd, police said on Sunday.

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Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

CHICAGO - Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast.

Environment 28 Feb 2015

New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard

NEW YORK - Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion.

28 Feb 2015

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