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  • Support for Boston Olympics bid rises, opposition strong -poll
    Support for Boston Olympics bid rises, opposition strong -poll Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Support for Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games rose slightly in April, but half of area residents still oppose the idea over concerns that it will prove too costly, according to a poll released on Thursday. The poll found that 40 percent of Boston-area residents now support the bid to host the Summer Games, up from 36 percent who supported it in March, according to a WBUR/MassInc poll. The U.S. Olympic Committee in January picked Boston as its candidate to host the 2024 Games, a surprise choice that passed over larger cities including Los Angeles and Washington. The pick ran into immediate opposition, and last month Olympics backers called for a 2016 statewide referendum on the idea, saying they would proceed with the bid without majority support. More »

  • Eugene awarded 2021 world athletics championships Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The United States will stage the world athletics championships for the first time after Eugene was surprisingly named as the 2021 host on Thursday. Eugene, the second largest city in the state of Oregon, lost out to Doha for the right to host the 2019 championships at a secret ballot held in Monaco earlier this year. IAAF President Lamine Diack said the decision to skip the normal bidding process had been made after the sport's world governing body had heard submissions from the governor of Oregon, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and television broadcaster NBC about the benefits of taking the championships to the United States. More »

  • Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Guilty Of Murder
    Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Guilty Of Murder Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. The former New England Patriots tight end was accused of the execution-style killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in 2013. Mr Lloyd was found shot six times in an industrial park not far from Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. Police zeroed in on the football star after investigators found a key to a car that had been rented by Hernandez in Mr Lloyd's pocket. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Hernandez gets life in prison for 2013 killing
    Ex-NFL star Hernandez gets life in prison for 2013 killing Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Elizabeth Barber FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year. A Massachusetts jury found Hernandez, 25, guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time. During the trial in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, the two men were described as having been in the early stages of friendship, but Hernandez soured on Lloyd after he hung out with people the former New England Patriots tight end disliked. More »

  • Boston marks sombre second anniversary of deadly marathon bombing
    Boston marks sombre second anniversary of deadly marathon bombing Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston marked the second anniversary of the deadly attack on its annual marathon on Wednesday with a quiet ceremony at the site where three died, unveiling a pair of banners marked with a heart. Mayor Marty Walsh joined a group of survivors of the April 15, 2013, blasts, including Jane and Henry Richard, whose 8-year-old brother Martin was the youngest killed, as well as Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs. Some 264 people, including spectators, volunteers at runners at the Boston Marathon were injured. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, who seek to make sense of that awful day," said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. More »

  • U.S. announce experienced squad for Women's World Cup Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    By Simon Evans (Reuters) - The United States head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23-woman squad for the Women's World Cup featuring 14 members of the 2012 Olympic gold medal winning team. The U.S open their campaign in Winnipeg against Australia on June 8 and official final squad lists do not have to be provided to FIFA until May 25 but Ellis chose to make her selection public before a series of warm-up games. "It has been a thorough process of evaluation and we had a lot of good opportunities to see players in highly competitive situations," said Ellis. ... More »

  • Tom Brady is great at American football… not so much at baseball
    Tom Brady is great at American football… not so much at baseball Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    You’d expect more from a four-time Super Bowl winner. More »

  • IBM launches new health unit, teams up with Apple, J&J, Medtronic
    IBM launches new health unit, teams up with Apple, J&J, Medtronic Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp , deepening its partnership with Apple Inc to make use of health information gathered by millions of Apple devices, is creating a unit dedicated to providing data analytics to the healthcare sector. Its new Watson Health unit plans to aggregate health information from a large number of devices and providers in the cloud and offer insights to health companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic , which can then integrate results into services they sell to healthcare companies. More »

  • U.S. Stocks slip with eyes on earnings; oil ticks up
    U.S. Stocks slip with eyes on earnings; oil ticks up Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Equities in major markets slipped on Monday, weighed down by Wall Street on trepidation over first-quarter earnings, while crude prices added to last week's gains on concern about Middle East tensions. U.S. stocks ended lower ahead, with traders waiting to see how much of an impact the strengthening dollar and falling oil prices had on Corporate America in the first quarter. "Most investors seem to be a little concerned about what earnings will look like for the first quarter and what companies might have to say about the tone of their businesses moving into the second quarter," said John Carey, portfolio manager at Pioneer Investment Management in Boston, which has about $220 billion (150 billion pounds) in assets under management. "People are thinking earnings are going to be weak due to the strong dollar and lower oil prices and sluggish consumer spending due to the winter weather," Carey said. More »

  • India court suspends ban on diesel vehicles in smoggy Delhi
    India court suspends ban on diesel vehicles in smoggy Delhi Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    An Indian court suspends its ban on diesel vehicles more than 10 years old after New Delhi struggles to comply with the order in the world's most polluted capital More »

  • Paris City Hall backs 2024 Games plan
    Paris City Hall backs 2024 Games plan Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Paris took a decisive step towards a 2024 Summer Olympic bid on Monday when the City Hall backed the French aspirations to bring the Games back to the capital after a 100-year hiatus. The city council voted in favour of a bid and it is now up to the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) to formally declare the candidacy before the Sept. 15 deadline. After French president Francois Hollande said he was in favour of a bid, only the City's support was missing. Paris, which last hosted the Summer Games in 1924, lost bids to stage the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. More »

  • Papal sex abuse commission members meet over Chilean bishop Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Members of a commission advising Pope Francis on how to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse have met a top Vatican official to express their misgivings over the appointment of a bishop in Chile accused of covering up abuse. Marie Collins, a victim of abuse from Ireland, told Reuters the meeting four members had with Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Sunday night "went well and the cardinal promised to take our concerns to the Holy Father". Last month, the Vatican defended the appointment of Juan Barros as bishop of the Chilean city of Osorno, which had outraged some parishioners, national legislators and abuse victims who said Barros had protected one of the nation's most notorious paedophiles. More »

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  • Convicted Boston bomber's death penalty phase to begin on April 21
    Convicted Boston bomber's death penalty phase to begin on April 21 Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial enters a new phase on April 21 as federal prosecutors begin to mount their case for putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 attack. More »

  • Who has taken Britney Spears back in time?
    Who has taken Britney Spears back in time? Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    It was acceptable in the 80s – and it still is if you’re Britney Spears or Iggy Azalea shooting a music video. More »

  • Reversal of Boston's migration flow breeds UK election tensions
    Reversal of Boston's migration flow breeds UK election tensions Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    For centuries the town of Boston in eastern England saw its inhabitants emigrate around the world, notably lending the name of their home town to the city in the US state of Massachusetts. More »

  • The 9 at 9: Thursday
    The 9 at 9: Thursday Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Everything you need to know as you start your morning. More »

  • Jury's next decision: Life or death for Boston bomber?
    Jury's next decision: Life or death for Boston bomber? Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Convicted in the worst attacks on US soil since 9/11, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a new court date with the same jury, which now must decide if the Boston Marathon bomber must pay for his crimes with his life. More »

  • Boston Marathon Bomber Convicted On All Counts
    Boston Marathon Bomber Convicted On All Counts Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted on all 30 federal charges he faced in connection with the deadly attacks. Tsarnaev also was found guilty of the fatal shooting of MIT police officer Sean Collier. His attorneys acknowledged at the trial's outset that he carried out the attacks with his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed following a gun battle with police. More »

  • 1D's Horan Slips As McIlroy's Masters Caddie
    1D's Horan Slips As McIlroy's Masters Caddie Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    One Direction's Niall Horan took a tumble as he caddied for world No 1 Rory McIlroy at the annual Masters Par 3 Contest in Augusta, Georgia. Most players treat the contest as light relief and invite family or friends to act as their caddies, with Horan invited by McIlroy back in December during a meeting in Australia. The 1D star found the hazard when attempting a shot during the final hole and despite his slip on his way to being interviewed by Kirsty Gallacher, admits it was an enjoyable experience. "It’s just great to be at Augusta," Horan told Sky Sports 4. More »

  • Tsarnaev convicted in Boston bombing, may face death sentence
    Tsarnaev convicted in Boston bombing, may face death sentence Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Scott Malone, Elizabeth Barber and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on Wednesday of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 264 others, and the jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death. Tsarnaev, 21, is the surviving member of pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who planted the homemade pressure-cooker bombs that tore through the crowd at the famed race's finish line in one of the most shocking attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. His lawyers opened Tsarnaev's federal trial in Boston a month ago by bluntly admitting "it was him" who planted one of the bombs on April 15, 2013 and three days later shot dead a police officer, kicking off a day of chaos in Boston. The courtroom was packed with survivors of the attack including the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest fatality, and law enforcement officials, including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. More »

  • Relief in Boston as Tsarnaev convicted on all counts Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Richard Valdmanis and Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's conviction on Wednesday came as a relief to residents of the city, though many expressed mixed feelings over whether the 21-year-old should be put to death for his crimes. The jury will now decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed. It is a first step toward closure, honestly," said Armando DiCianno, 34, a consultant from Boston who said he was nearby when the homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd of runners, volunteers and spectators. "I have always been against the death penalty, but when something like this happens to you, your opinions change a little bit," he said. More »