By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Wednesday took issue with prosecutors' focus on what they called a "gently mocking" comment about his confinement made by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to his sister during a jailhouse visit. An assertion by prosecutors, made in an earlier court filing, that Tsarnaev made a comment "to his detriment" during such a visit is a "red herring" and proof that the 20-year-old suspect could not have normal family visits while being monitored by the FBI, the defense attorneys said. Tsarnaev is accused of placing two homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line last year that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured 264 others, and a few days later fatally shooting a university police officer. Defense lawyers argued in a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston that having his meetings with his sisters monitored by an FBI agent working with the prosecution is hindering their effort to gather evidence to argue against the death penalty.
Millions of Christians around the world will be seen with ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads Wednesday as they celebrate the first day of Lent. Ash Wednesday, as it is called, is 46 days before Easter, which includes six Sundays. For Christians, so begins a 40-day period of prayer and fasting, or abstaining from a particular food they like; The six Sundays during this are not included in the fasting period.
UNCERTAIN, Texas (AP) — Deep beneath the surface of Texas' only naturally formed lake there used to swim a massive, open-mouthed dinosaur-era fish with a long snout and prized caviar. Now, decades after the paddlefish was almost completely wiped out, it's coming back to Caddo Lake.
NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut (AP) — Seeking to dramatize his push for higher wages, President Barack Obama dined out in Connecticut Wednesday in a restaurant where employees get considerably more than the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum.
Facebook Inc and its photo sharing subsidiary, Instagram, will delete posts offering to buy or sell guns without background checks, Facebook announced on Wednesday. In an effort to curb what gun control advocates say is the increasing use of the social networks to circumvent checks and controls on firearms sales, Facebook and Instagram will also bar users under 18 from viewing gun offers posted by individuals or groups. "We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law," Facebook said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed open to the possibility of making it harder for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud — but maybe not as hard as companies that have to defend such lawsuits would like.