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Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process


BOSTON - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection.

Prosecutors back off charges in California train crash

VENTURA, Calif. - A driver who was taken into custody after his truck was hit by a Southern California commuter train in a fiery wreck that injured 50 people will not be criminally charged, at least for now, prosecutors said on Thursday.

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Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

HOUSTON - The United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

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Up to two police bullets hit migrant from behind in Washington state: lawyer

SEATTLE - A Mexican farmworker fatally shot by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks and tried to flee was struck as many as seven times, including two shots from behind, contrary to police accounts, a family attorney said on Thursday.

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California couple, married 67 years, die holding hands

- A California couple, married 67 years, died hours apart while holding hands this month, their daughter said on Thursday.

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Canadian woman accuses U.S.-based yoga guru of sexual assault

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver yoga instructor has become the sixth woman to accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old celebrity yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years.

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U.S. Internet providers hit with tougher rules, plan challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation. | Video

On visit to U.S., Britain's Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.

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Jury in Jodi Arias case to resume deliberations on Monday

PHOENIX - A jury in Phoenix debated on Thursday whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, following a penalty phase retrial in a case that has drawn wide attention.

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Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

FORT MEADE, Md. - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured.

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