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BREAKING: Jury Finds Tsarnaev Guilty (All 30 Counts) in Boston Marathon Bombing

Source: Reuters

Jury finds Tsarnaev guilty in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON | Wed Apr 8, 2015 2:31pm EDT

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber

BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013 attack on the city's best-attended sporting event, as well as fatally shooting a police officer four days later.

Tsarnaev, 21, was tried on a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. The jury that found him guilty will now decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jurors spent just over 11 hours evaluating Tsarnaev’s guilt in two days of deliberations, following 16 days of testimony.

Defense lawyers have admitted that Tsarnaev committed the crimes of which he stands accused but said he did so at the bidding of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who died following a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0MZ0ZI20150408

South Carolina Mayor: White Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Man in the Back Has Been Fired

Source: Associated Press

South Carolina mayor: White officer who fatally shot black man in the back has been fired

Associated Press 9 minutes ago

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina mayor: White officer who fatally shot black man in the back has been fired.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/south-carolina-mayor-white-officer-fatally-shot-black-170533048.html

TOM TOMRROW: God Speaks



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Breaking: UConn Coaches Won't Travel to Indianapolis for Final 4 Due to Religious Freedom Bill

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: UConn coaches won't travel to Indianapolis for Final 4 due to new religious freedom bill, school says - @PaulDoyle1 https://t.co/2l3DpltByS/s/l_6y

University of Connecticut coaches won't travel to Indianapolis for Final 4, school says, due to new religious freedom bill; 'UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior' - @PaulDoyle1

Read more: https://www.breakingnews.com/topic/indianas-religious-freedom-restoration-act/

Pharmacists Assoc. Adopts Policy Discouraging Members From Providing Death Penalty Drugs

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Pharmacists association adopts policy discouraging members from providing death penalty drugs.

Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

BY JULIE WATSON
MAR. 30, 2015 6:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

The American Pharmacists Association's new policy could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to an execution drug shortage.

The association's governing body approved the policy Monday at a meeting in San Diego.

The group lacks the legal authority to bar compounding pharmacies from selling the drugs. But its policies set the ethical standards followed by pharmacists, just as the American Medical Association does for doctors.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/pharmacists-association-adopts-policy-discouraging-members-from-providing-death-penalty-drugs/2015/03/30/135d191a-d72b-11e4-bf0b-f648b95a6488_story.html

Keith Olbermann SPECIAL COMMENT: Why NCAA Must Move Final Four Out of Indiana



TOM TOMORROW: Ted Cruz's Path To The White House



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Powerful earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Powerful earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea; tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific.

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BREAKING: Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Murder Conviction

Source: Associated Press

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-27/italian-court-annuls-amanda-knox-murder-conviction

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

BY COLLEEN BARRY AND FRANCES D'EMILIO
MAR. 27, 2015 5:43 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

The decision by the supreme Court of Cassation is the final ruling in the case, ending the long legal battle waged by Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito. Both Knox, who was awaiting the verdict in her hometown of Seattle, and Sollecito have long maintained their innocence.

The supreme Court of Cassation overturned last year's convictions by a Florence appeals court, and declined to order another trial. The decision means the judges, after thoroughly examining the case, concluded that a conviction could not be supported by the evidence. Their reasoning will be released within 90 days.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/018d6a0ba12845aba0dfa91adbef968e/lawyer-knoxs-ex-boyfriend-makes-final-court-appeal

Legendary Broadway Star Audra McDonald Takes Indiana Gov. Pence to the Woodshed Over Bigoted Law

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373588/-Legendary-Broadway-star-Audra-McDonald-takes-Governor-Mike-Pence-to-the-woodshed

Legendary Broadway star Audra McDonald takes Governor Mike Pence to the woodshed

Mar 26, 2015 5:17pm PDT by Steven Payne

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald gave Indiana's Republican Governor, Mike Pence an epic take-down on Twitter this afternoon. In response to Pence signing the right to discriminate into law today, this brilliantly talented star has claimed a piece of her own history in the fight for equality.

On the phone w/@united so long I forgot what year it was, then saw the law Indiana Gov.Pence just signed & remembered...It's 1950 #NOHATE

— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015

.@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?

— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015

.@GovPenceIN or could you maybe send us a list of where its okay for us to go? Might the law apply to me?(I'm black).

— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015

.@GovPenceIN or maybe I should fire my gay band members just to be on the safe side.

— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015

.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE...we need to stick to singing in states that don't legislate hate?

— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015


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