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Time ticks slowly for drug offenderAfter bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security
Barbara Scrivner, sentenced to 30 years, holds hope for Obama clemency promise.

Quincy, Mass., police stand near the starting line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.


Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria schoolMARATHON WATCH: Hoyts running Boston for last time

Nigeria Islamists Still Holding 85 Schoolgirls After Raid: StateThe school was attacked last week by Islamic extremists, and the number of kidnapped victims is up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.


Father and son Boston Marathon race team Dick Hoyt, right, and his son Rick Hoyt walk across the start line as they warm up before they run the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


After bombs, 118th Boston Marathon under tight securityAldridge leads Blazers over Rockets 122-120 in OT

Mackenzie Petermeier, of Baxter, Iowa, who will be a guide for a blind runner, waits to board a bus in Boston to the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., for the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.


Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after making a basket while being fouled during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Houston. The Trail Blazers won 122-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge was playing on another level Sunday night and had the emotional intensity to match the best performance of his career.


Biden heads to Ukraine after fragile truce shatteredJames, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1

Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark.


State media: Syria to hold presidential election on June 3Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) chats with people during his visit to Ein al-Tinah villageSyria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favor. The three-year-old rebellion against Assad's rule has killed more than 150,000 people, forced millions to flee their homes and seen the government lose control over swathes of territory. A leading Syrian opposition group said on Monday the election showed the president was divorced from reality. Western and Gulf Arab countries that back Assad's opponents had called plans for the vote a "parody of democracy" and said it would wreck efforts to negotiate a peace settlement.


FILE - In this June 8, 2001 file photo, former middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, left, is escorted by an unidentified security guard into the venue where Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will box each other in Verona, NY. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters.




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Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over. Representatives from Germany, France, Poland and Russia came to Kyiv to work out a final deal that would put an end to the fighting. The opposition insisted that Yanukovych step down as president and early elections be held. When Yanukovych chose to flee Kyiv instead, the parliament voted to impeach him and set new elections for May 25.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

Tech Savvy Politics

Recently the Republicans launched several new websites to build up their technology advantage in the upcoming election.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

The Legacy of Citizens United and the IRS

Recently acting IRS commissioner Lerner resigned from office after the discovery that it appears the Cincinnati office had been targeting certain groups applying for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status. The news erupted into scandal in the wake of a week of apparent scandals piling on top of President Obama. At first the problem looked as if the IRS was targeting only tea party groups for audits, while no other social welfare group received the same scrutiny. Was this really the case?

The Defense of Marriage Act and the Supreme Court

On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that will decide the fate of Proposition 8 and United States v. Windsor, the Defense of Marriage Act. Both laws being challenged prohibit same sex couples from getting married.

 
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