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Boston bomber's attack 'essence of terror': prosecutor

Boston divided over Tsarnaev death penalty decisionBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing was the "essence of terror," a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday as the government began making its case that convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for the 2013 attack and its aftermath. Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, was found guilty on April 8 of killing three people and injuring 264 at the marathon finish line and fatally shooting a police officer as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, prepared to flee three days later. "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev murdered each one of them in a way that they had time to feel pain," said Nadine Pellegrini, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, in the prosecution's opening statement of the sentencing phase.


Mourners gather in Louisiana to honor R&B star Percy Sledge
BAKER, La. (AP) — Percy Sledge was remembered for phenomenal talent and extraordinary kindness during a Tuesday funeral service marked by warm reminiscences from fellow musicians, family members and friends he made during a five-decade career that launched with his first and biggest hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman."
Niger shuts schools and vaccinates children to fight meningitis outbreak
Niger has shut all schools in the region around the capital Niamey and launched a campaign to vaccinate children aged two to 15 in an effort to halt a meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 85 since January. Schools will be closed from Wednesday until Monday next week, the government said, adding that 905 cases of the disease had been recorded, most of them in Niamey and the west of the country. "A vaccination campaign targeting children will start on Friday April 24," the statement said. In 2010-2011, uranium and oil-producing Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, successfully carried out a campaign to eliminate the "A" strain of the disease.
Baltimore police name officers suspended over suspect's death

Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Batts take questions about new youth curfew legislation in BaltimoreBaltimore police on Tuesday identified six officers suspended over the death of a black man in police custody, a case that has renewed concern about U.S. law enforcement's treatment of minorities. Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested by white officers on April 12 and died on Sunday after slipping into a coma.


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