Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have had help making the bombs

It was a sophisticated attack with sophisticated devices. Authorities quickly identified the Boston bombing suspects, but almost immediately after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during the manhunt for the perpetrators and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, investigators privately questioned if more people were involved.

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No retrial planned for woman cleared in 1976 Reno slaying

A woman who spent more than 30 years in prison was cleared of murder charges Friday when prosecutors in Reno announced they will not pursue a retrial, basing their decision on new DNA evidence that shows she did not commit the crime.



‘Big Bang Theory’ remembers Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy never appeared in person on “The Big Bang Theory” but his name and that of “Star Trek’s” Mr. Spock are often referenced on the CBS comedy about a group of misfit physicists and engineers.


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3 Ferguson city employees fired over racist emails

Ferguson, Missouri, has fired three city employees and is pursuing a range of other reforms in an effort to negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department after a federal investigation accused the city of illegal practices targeting African-Americans, the mayor said on Friday.


Gun-free zones put innocent in danger

Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone? Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets.

One Senate bill targets violence against women

When I was in my early 20s, I was still getting my life together. I had only recently gathered the courage and the resources to leave an extremely abusive relationship. I didn’t know when I drove home from work one day that I would be badly beaten in broad daylight right outside of my apartment. I didn’t know that despite having a temporary protective order in place, I would become one of the three in 10 women who are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. I didn’t know how lucky I was that a gun wasn’t around.


How having a favorite child affects your whole family

According to scientists who spoke to NPR’s Nancy Shute, nearly 80 percent of parents have a favorite child. Favoritism by a parent can affect more just a child. It can affect the whole family, too, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Child Development.