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Tsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and his lawyer said the defense will ask to delay his upcoming trial.... 12/18/2014 5:17 PM

Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin judge has ruled that one of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial.... 12/18/2014 6:33 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" against young inmates.... 12/18/2014 3:25 PM

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.... 12/18/2014 5:03 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 3:45 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 3:51 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 6:14 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 5:08 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 5:43 PM

Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form
DENVER (AP) -- Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.... 12/18/2014 2:13 PM