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BOSTON (AP) — A day of tributes and a moment of silence will mark the one-year anniversary today of the Boston Marathon bombings. Three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded when two bombs went off near the finish line of the race. That's where a flag-raising ceremony and the moment of silence will be held this afternoon. President Barack Obama also will observe a moment of silence at the White House at 2:49 p.m.

UNDATED (AP) — NATO's secretary general says the U.S.-led alliance and the European Union must cooperate more in the military realm. Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AHN'-derz fohg RAHS'-moo-sihn) is in Luxembourg today to brief EU defense ministers on what NATO is doing to counteract what Western countries say is a Russian campaign of pressure and intimidation against Ukraine. Meanwhile, pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine are erecting fresh barricades around the government buildings they've seized.

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been given a year of community service for tax fraud. He'll have to spend at least four hours a week at a center for the elderly. His lawyers had asked for the community service rather than the more restrictive house arrest.

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — About a dozen RV trailers at a campground are destroyed, trees and power lines are down and power is cut to some areas. A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities last night, but did serious damage in Gautier (goh-SHAY'), Miss., where there's widespread destruction at an RV trailer park. Forecasters say the storm was not a tornado, but straight-line winds of about 50 miles an hour.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two convicted sex offenders could be arraigned today in California for allegedly raping and killing four women. Authorities say the crimes were committed over the course of at least two months last fall in Orange County, while the men were on parole and were wearing ankle monitors. They say Franc Cano and Steven Gordon targeted seedy prostitution hangouts. And they say there could be more victims.

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