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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 defendants competent
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.... 12/18/2014 8:19 PM

Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.... 12/18/2014 7:57 PM

President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.... 12/18/2014 8:40 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

NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.... 12/18/2014 8:18 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

Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency.... 12/18/2014 8:53 PM

Young immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses
PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses.... 12/18/2014 9:04 PM