By Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect's dorm room. Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for going to suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room three days after the April 15, 2013, attack and removing the backpack containing the empty fireworks shells. The jury in the federal court trial found Tazhayakov not guilty of similar charges involving a laptop computer.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during a surge in illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama. Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A judge in the Florida Keys rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing Florida's state's same-sex marriage ban to remain in effect while it is appealed, likely all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple had filed the motion on Monday morning seeking to reinstate the judge's ruling last week which struck down the state's gay marriage ban. On Thursday Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, whose jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, ordered the Monroe County Clerk of Court to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting on Tuesday. Garcia found that Florida's gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine current students, faculty and staff members can argue against the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation's oldest museums, and its college with two larger institutions in Washington, a judge ruled Monday.
Two of the largest non-profit immigration service groups in the United States will shut down as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused them of defrauding thousands of clients, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday. The International Professional Association will close immediately and the International Immigrants Foundation within two years, Schneiderman said. Schneiderman's predecessor, now-Governor Andrew Cuomo, filed a lawsuit in 2010 against the groups and their president, Edward Juarez, who for three decades has been a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues.