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A still image captured from surveillance video at the Boston Marathon shows the scene moments before a second bomb exploded near the finish line of the raceBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. One of Tsarnaev's lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that "it was him" who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack. Clarke contended, however, that the 21-year-old played a secondary role to his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planning and executing the plot. Her goal: Persuade jurors in federal court in Boston that Tsarnaev deserves a sentence of life in prison rather than the death penalty.


Colorado town microcosm of art urban development movement

In this March 5, 2015 photo, a carpenter works inside a defunct 19th century mill now being remodeled to house a creative sector business incubator and gallery and performance spaces, in Loveland, Colo. Artspace, the Minneapolis-based organization behind the Loveland project, got its start three decades ago when it turned an early 20th century warehouse in St. Paul into low-income artists’ housing. Its newest projects include an abandoned public school in East Harlem being turned into housing for artists and space for arts organizations. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A national movement that counts on painters, dancers and musicians to help revitalize downtowns is coming to this Colorado city as the first residents prepare to move into new low-income apartments built for artists and their families.


Colleges getting out of health insurance business

In this Dec. 15, 2014 photo, Stacy Crites, right, a nurse on campus at the University of Washington's Hall Health Primary Care Center in Seattle, takes the temperature of Kandice Joyner, left, a junior studying archeology, during a routine check-up. An unintended side-effect of federal health care reform is leading colleges across the country to transition out of the health insurance business. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.


Angie's List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays
The company behind the Angie's List business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. The decision by Angie's List Inc comes amid criticism of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed overwhelmingly by both champers of the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and broader than other states' religious freedom laws.
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