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Prosecutors rest in Bulger trial

Prosecutors rest in Bulger trial

Prosecutors rested their case against reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger on Friday after calling 63 witnesses who described in sometimes gruesome detail his alleged role in 19 murders, a string of extortions and other crimes.

Bulger, 83, is charged with 32 counts in a racketeering indictment that chronicles his alleged reign as leader of the Winter Hill Gang.

Bulger's lawyers are expected to begin presenting witnesses Monday. Defense lawyer J.W. Carney Jr. would not say whether the onetime FBI informant would take the stand in his own defense.

Tunisia

Government links 2 killings to al-Qaida

The government Friday blamed an Islamist extremist cell linked to al-Qaida for the killing of a leader of the political opposition and identified the chief suspect as the person who also killed an opposition figure in February, saying he used the same automatic pistol in both assassinations. Outrage simmered over the killing of the opposition leader, Mohammed Brahmi, on Thursday.

Lebanon

Syria group says soldiers executed

Islamist extremists in Syria's insurgency killed 150 soldiers in a battle for control of an Aleppo suburb this week, including 51 who were executed after they had surrendered, according to a Syrian monitoring group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which sympathizes with the opposition, corroborated its assertion Friday with a video posted on the Internet.

Sacramento, Calif.

County Republicans back gay marriage

The Marin County Republican Party in Northern California has endorsed same-sex marriage in one of the first votes of its kind in the country. Thursday's vote does not change the state or national Republican Party's opposition to same-sex marriage. But it is another sign that same-sex marriage is gaining support, said Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Elsewhere

Spain: A train conductor was arrested as investigators tired to determine whether reckless behavior caused a train wreck that left dozens of passengers dead, authorities said Friday.

Columbus, Ohio: Ronald Post, an Ohio inmate whose 450-pound weight became an issue in his death penalty case, died seven months after being granted clemency, officials said Friday.

Times wires

Prosecutors rest in Bulger trial 07/27/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:03am]

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