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Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.... 12/18/2014 7:37 PM

Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendant competent
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday.... 12/18/2014 7:26 PM

Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a 17-year-old German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man say their dreams are broken.... 12/18/2014 6:46 PM

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence
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" toward young inmates.... 12/18/2014 7:06 PM

Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations
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.... 12/18/2014 6:46 PM

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.... 12/18/2014 6:46 PM

Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:... 12/18/2014 7:16 PM

Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever
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.... 12/18/2014 6:46 PM

New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.... 12/18/2014 7:10 PM

Reformers target traffic courts after Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place - traffic court.... 12/18/2014 7:09 PM