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Stories that emerged from the day of horror in Boston

  The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday. Here are the stories of those killed and some of the injured. A LONG WAY FROM HOME A Boston University graduate student was one of the three people killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the school said Tuesday. The Shenyang Evening News, a state-run Chinese newspaper, identified her Wednesday as Lu Lingzi. Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings, a Hong Kong-based broadcaster with ties to the Chinese government, said she was from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang and a graduate student
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Background checks bill in trouble as Senate vote nears

A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws. In the run-up to the roll call expected Wednesday, so many Republicans had declared their opposition to the background check measure that supporters — mostly Democrats — seemed headed to defeat unless they could turn votes around in the final hours. Supporters seemed likely to lose some moderate Democratic senators as well. “It’s a
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In Boston, a bright day ended in chaos, tears, fears and horror

It dawned chilly, clear and blue, a parsimonious but perfect serving of New England springtime that — because it came on the third Monday in April — unquestionably called for a celebration. The kind of morning just right for an 11:05 a.m. first pitch at Fenway Park. A day to remind your kids about the heroes of the American Revolution before heading out to stake a place on the curb and cheer on modern-day heroes of the Marathon. A day, Bostonians say, when their city realizes the best of itself. And then, in 10 seconds of fury and smoke, the
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Family, friends search frantically for word of close ones at marathon

Far-flung family members, co-workers and friends frantically used social media, cellphones and even a “people finder” website Monday to try to learn the fate of participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and dozens injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of one of the world’s great races. The search was made more difficult because heavy cellphone use caused slow and delayed service. In an age connected by everything digital, the hours after the blasts produced a tense silence. At the race, 51-year-old Julie Jeske, of Bismarck, N.D., had finished about
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Cops seek suspects, motives for tragic Boston bombings

The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why. Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings one of the city’s most famous civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts among the throngs of spectators raised fears of a terrorist attack. President Barack Obama was careful not to use the words “terror” or “terrorism” as
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Worldwide security tightened after Boston Marathon bombing

Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Washington and other cities worldwide stepped up security Monday following explosions at the Boston Marathon. In Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department activated its emergency operations center and increased patrols at transit hubs, schools and county buildings, while in New York, critical response teams were deployed citywide and officials stepped up security at hotels and other prominent locations. California emergency management officials activated their statewide threat assessment system, which was established after the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks. And officials in multiple cities and counties throughout the state were reviewing information
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Bombs kill three, injure more than 100 at Boston Marathon

Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 100 in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course. President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.” A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism. Authorities shed no
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Bipartisan immigration deal almost ready

A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share an immigration overhaul crafted over several months. The Gang of Eight is finishing up the final details and is planning to unveil the proposed legislation on Tuesday. Even before the measure gets its first public airing, its authors are defending the program for the 11 million individuals in this country who came illegally or overstayed their visit. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says the proposal will be a starting point and wants to include colleagues’ ideas. Already the effort has its critics. For instance, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of
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More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine issued a statement Sunday saying that she would vote for the compromise crafted by Sens. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The proposal requires background checks for people buying guns at gun shows and online, but exempts private gun sales. The plan would “strengthen the background check system without in
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Alaska slashes oil prices; hopes to spur production

Alaska lawmakers on Sunday gave final approval to a bill slashing state oil-production taxes in a change supporters said was needed to boost flagging output from aging fields but which critics say will severely damage the state’s finances. The new system approved by the Republican-dominated legislature does away with a methodology that increases tax rates as oil prices rise, a centerpiece of the aggressive tax legislation championed by former governor Sarah Palin. Alaska will impose a base rate of 35 percent on oil companies’ net profits in the state, replacing a 25 percent base rate that increased by 0.4 percentage
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