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Red Sox make emotional return to Boston’s Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox made an emotional return to Fenway Park here Saturday, tapping into a mood of defiance in their first home match since the marathon bombings. The Red Sox stars took to the field in front of a capacity crowd at the 37,000-seater baseball stadium wearing specially designed…

Bombing suspects’ mother: FBI monitored older son ‘at every step’

‘They told me my son was an extremist leader,’ says Zubeidat Tsarnaeva One of the two men suspected of being behind the Boston Marathon bombings was under FBI surveillance as a suspected “extremist” for at least three years, according to his parents. As questions were raised about how well known…

Rule Britannia: Churchill, Thatcher top list of ‘most admired’ by CEOs

Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill on Saturday topped a poll of leaders most admired by chief executives, edging out Apple founder Steve Jobs and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. The survey of some 1,300 business leaders, carried out by financial services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), saw “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher as…

French developers equip drone with ‘spaceship’ crowdsourcing app

European Space Agency scientists have developed a smartphone app that turns a toy drone into a virtual spacecraft on a mission to dock with the International Space Station, and uses crowd-sourced data from its manoeuvres to improve artificial intelligence on future missions. The free AstroDrone app for the iPhone and…

Colorado’s ’4/20′ party under increased scrutiny after Boston bombings

'4/20' marijuana celebration notes security lessons from Boston Marathon bombing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington’s Liquor Control Board, takes photos as he tours a marijuana growing facility in Seattle. Washington State voted last fall to legalize marijuana for adults over 21…

Therapy dogs bring comfort to Boston victims

The very same therapy dogs that comforted grieving friends and family following December’s Newtown school shootings arrived in Boston earlier this week. With hundreds injured and many undergoing amputations following the marathon bombings, the K-9 Comfort Dogs help provide affection and emotional release. The organisation works with 67 specially trained…

Kerry to push U.S. peace efforts at Abbas meeting

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Istanbul on Sunday, the State Department said, as a US-led peace push focusing on the Palestinian economy steps up. Kerry and Abbas, who have met several times recently, will “continue the conversation that they’ve been having for…

Iran dismisses concerns of nuclear-armed states

Iran on Saturday dismissed concerns raised by five nuclear-armed states over Tehran’s controversial atomic programme, saying the Islamic republic is committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. “Iran is a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (and) will continue its cooperation” with the UN atomic watchdog, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman…

Investigators search for motive after capture of bomb suspect

Police guarded Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in hospital Saturday as detectives searched for clues to how the Chechen teenager and his brother could have turned to terrorism. Tsarnaev was in “serious condition” in a hospital where some victims of Monday’s marathon bombing are also being treated, after he was…

Democratic Reps call for federal marijuana commission

A group of Democratic House members led by Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) have introduced a bill aimed at creating a National Commission on Marijuana Policy, which would be tasked with examining the conflicts currently arising between state and federal laws regulating the drug. According to The Hill’s Floor Action Blog,…

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