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BOSTON (AP) — It was a year ago today that Boston was rocked by a deadly bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. And today, survivors of the bombing and family members of the three people who died that day are among those who've gathered to mark the anniversary -- bringing what police commissioner William Evans hopes will be "some sense of comfort and some healing." Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering of about 2,500 people at a convention center near the scene of the bombing that the courage shown by survivors and by victims' families has been an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist has made his first appearance in court on charges he shot and killed three people over the weekend at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross appeared by video feed today in Johnson County court. He spoke only when answering routine questions from the judge, and requested a court-appointed lawyer. He's charged with murder in the shootings of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., and a woman at a nearby retirement complex.

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's government says it has secured a small airport in eastern Ukraine, after clashing with about 30 gunmen there. The clash came hours after Ukraine's acting president announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against the armed, pro-Russian insurgents who had seized control of a number of buildings in at least nine cities in eastern Ukraine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva. A State Department spokeswoman says U.S. officials are actively discussing imposing new sanctions against individuals tied to the Russian government or linked to events in Ukraine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws. That's according to Luis Cortes, the president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza. He was among six religious leaders who met with Obama in the Oval Office today. The president's comments come as advocates press the White House to take executive actions to halt some deportations given that immigration reform efforts on Capitol Hill are stalled.

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