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Boston Gears Up for First Marathon after 2013 Bombings

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The northeastern U.S. city of Boston is getting ready for its first marathon since the 2013 race, in which terrorist bombs killed three people and wounded 265 others. This year, the annual Boston Marathon takes place April 21, with about 36,000 participants registered -- thousands more than last year. Organizers, survivors and participants are determined not to allow painful memories of last year's bloodshed to undermine a tradition that started in 1897.
 
Marathon Sports, a sport store, is close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. When a bomb exploded outside its doors on April 15 of last year, the store became a makeshift emergency room. Manager Shane O'Hara said that when some of the most seriously wounded were brought in, his employees tore sports clothes off hangers to make tourniquets and bandages.

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Yemen's al-Qaida Leader Vows to Attack America in New Video

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The leader of al-Qaida's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters.
 
In February, attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Sanaa in which 29 inmates, including 19 jailed for terrorism-related crimes, escaped.

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Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators to Meet Wednesday, US Says

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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

The two sides will meet despite Israeli anger at the killing of an off-duty Israeli policeman in the occupied West Bank on Monday, on the eve of the Passover Jewish holiday. The policeman's wife and a child were wounded.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Fly Russian Flag Over Armored Vehicles

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Pro-Russian separatists raised the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, mocking the pro-Western Kyiv government's attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country's future.

Amid escalating rhetoric between Moscow and Kyiv, the incident highlighted defiance by pro-Russian separatists, undermining central government efforts to push armed rebels out of captured buildings in 10 eastern towns without bloodshed.

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Despite Tough Patch, US Intelligence Chief Says He is Staying

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Despite enduring "a perfect storm" of troubles for U.S. spy agencies over the last 18 months, the director of national intelligence announced on Tuesday that he plans to stay on the job through the end of President Barack Obama's term.

Speaking to an industry conference in Tampa, James Clapper detailed a litany of challenges he said have hit the $45-billion-per-year U.S. intelligence-gathering effort, from U.S. budget turmoil and the Syrian war to leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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New York Police End Muslim Surveillance Program

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) announced Tuesday that it has disbanded a clandestine unit of plainclothes detectives who ran detailed, invasive spying operations targeting the city’s Muslim communities.
 
The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence Division had come under fire by community activists who accused the department of abusing civil rights.

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US Observes One-Year Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing

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One year after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, the northeast U.S. city today pays solemn tribute to the victims of the attack at one of the world’s premiere sporting events.  Church bells will toll at the precise time the first bomb exploded at the race’s finish line April 15, 2013 killing three people and wounding more than 250 others.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden joins state and local officials, as well as bombing survivors, at a ceremony at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.  Biden is expected to deliver remarks in tribute to victims, as well as survivors and first responders.  There will also be a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence at the race’s finish line.

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