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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- …


  1. Iraq says ISIS militants 'bulldozed' ancient site (w/ video)


    BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants "bulldozed" the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said.

    Lucrative time for gun sales: Gunsmith Bahktiyar Sadr-Aldeen holds a weapon at his shop in Irbil in northern Iraq. His business has increased 50 percent since ISIS took over Mosul.  the Islamic State took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
  2. Liberia's last Ebola patient released


    MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year-old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.

    Beatrice Yardolo, 58, celebrates Thursday as she leaves the Ebola treatment center where she was treated in Monrovia.
  3. Michael Brown's parents will file suit over fatal police shooting, attorneys say


    ST. LOUIS — The parents of Michael Brown plan to file a wrongful-death lawsuit in the near future, their attorneys announced Thursday morning. They will sue the city of Ferguson and Darren Wilson, the Ferguson policeman who fatally shot their son.

    Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in Ferguson, Mo, on Aug. 9.
  4. Father tells jury about boy's death in Boston Marathon bombing


    BOSTON — With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.

    In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. [Associated Press]
  5. Jurors in Jodi Arias case vote 11-1 for death penalty, removing it as an option


    PHOENIX — It took just one juror to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Thursday — and the woman had to survive an attempt by her colleagues to boot her from the jury before she could do it.

    Jodi Arias could get a life sentence for killing her lover.