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Accused Boston bomber's slain older brother to loom over trial

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect sparred with federal prosecutors on Monday over how early in the trial they may discuss his older brother's role in the attack, suggesting the defendant's life may well hang on that question. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack as well as shooting dead a university police officer as he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, prepared to flee the city three days later. Tamerlan died that night following a gunbattle with police but defense attorneys described him as the driving force behind the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. "The lead conspirator, the person who started all this and without whom the Boston Marathon bombing would never have occurred, the older brother, is dead ... That presents a problem for the government's request for the death penalty," defense attorney David Bruck told U.S. District Judge George O'Toole.


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March 8: Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 71. Musician-actor Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is 70. Bassist Randy Meisner (The Eagles, Poco) is 69. Singer Peggy March is 67. Singer Gary Numan is 57. News anchor Lester Holt is 56. Actor Aidan Quinn is 56. Guitarist Jimmy Dormire of Confederate Railroad is 55. Actress Camryn Mannheim is 54. Singer Shawn Mullins is 47. Actress Andrea Parker ("The Pretender") is 45. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 39. Actor James Van Der Beek is 38. Singer Kameelah Williams of 702 is 37. Singer Tom Chaplin of Keane is 36. Guitarist Andy Ross of OK Go is 36. Jessica Collins ("Revolution") is 32. Singer Kristinia DeBarge is 25.
Abraaj sets up $200 mln North Africa healthcare group
DUBAI (Reuters) - Private equity house Abraaj has teamed up with three financial institutions to set up North Africa Hospital Holdings Group, a $200 million healthcare group focused on Egypt and Tunisia, it said on Monday. The three partners are the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwickungsgesellschaft (DEG) and the Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (Proparco). ...
Georgia halts execution of state's only female death row inmate

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsGeorgia halted the planned Monday execution of the only woman on death row in the state due to problems with the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, officials said. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, condemned for the murder of her husband in 1997, would have been the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. "Within the hours leading up to the scheduled execution, the Execution Team performed the necessary checks. At that time, the drugs appeared cloudy," Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said in a statement.


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