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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, center, and his wife Jennifer, left, walk past protester Jose Briceno, right, as they leave federal court, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. [Associated Press]

Tsarnaev's attorneys admit he bombed Boston Marathon: 'It was him'

BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation's biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev's own attorney flatly told a jury that the 21- …

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  1. In Turkey, testing the president's food for poison

    World

    ISTANBUL, Turkey — In a modern twist on a self-preservation tactic used by cautious kings and pharaohs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is having his food tested before he eats — not by a human taster, though, but in the lab.

    At least one of the 1,000 rooms in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's $600 million palace in Ankara, the capital, will hold a special food analysis laboratory to test the president's meals for dangers.
  2. Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship (w/video)

    World

    TOKYO — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.

    This image provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and captured Sunday with a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe, shows the bow of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the coast of the Philippines.
  3. Health care law challenge divides Supreme Court

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed bitterly divided during heated arguments over the fate of President Barack Obama's health care law.

    James Cook of Cleveland, right, and his son Jumaane, 5, stand with signs and other protesters Wednesday outside the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices heard arguments in a challenge that could determine the future of the insurance program.
  4. Much of Obamacare would survive, even with an unfavorable ruling

    Nation

    The case before the Supreme Court this week will not wipe Obamacare off the books.

  5. Alabama court halts gay marriages there

    Nation

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The curtain abruptly fell Wednesday on Alabama's brief experiment in same-sex marriage.