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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Classes have resumed at a Pittsburgh-area high school one week after authorities say a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives. Before school began, students gathered on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville to pray and to support one another. The suspect, 16-year-old Alex Hribal (RY'-buhl), is being held in a juvenile facility but is charged as an adult with aggravated assault and attempted homicide in the April 9 stabbings. Four students remain hospitalized.

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker is scheduled to appear in court. Prosecutors say the 25-year-old man from Wakefield is expected to be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court. Officials have not identified him. The man faces a charge of possession of a hoax device, but authorities say more charges may be added. He was stopped by police yesterday, as Boston observed the anniversary of last year's deadly bombings.

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect are asking a judge today to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count federal indictment charging him in twin explosions at last year's marathon. The blasts killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev's lawyers say many of the charges are redundant and could sway jurors who will weigh whether he's guilty and if so, whether to sentence him to death.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home builders have been resuming work in the aftermath of a frigid winter in much of the country. The government says builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 percent from February's level. But applications for building permits slid, and that's clouding the outlook for future construction.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher, after word of an increase in homebuilding and news that U.S. factory output rose further last month. The gain in factory production extended some strong growth from February, after harsh weather caused production to tumble in January.

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