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White House: Too soon to say if it was Islamic State...Funeral planned for officer...Tax credits were bogus



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says "it's too early to say" whether the Islamic State group was, in fact, responsible for a shooting outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. The group made that claim today on its radio station. Two gunmen opened fire Sunday night outside the event center hosting the event in Garland, a Dallas suburb. Both men were shot and killed. A security guard was injured.

BOSTON (AP) — As they try to spare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) from a death sentence, lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomber are portraying him as the product of a dysfunctional family from a turbulent corner of the world. Among the witnesses they called today in the penalty phase of the trial was a psychiatrist who had treated Tsarnaev's father more than a decade ago. The doctor said he had diagnosed the elder Tsarnaev with post-traumatic stress disorder, after he reported being tortured during the Chechen wars with Russia.

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral is planned for Friday for the New York City police officer who was shot in the head over the weekend. Brian Moore died yesterday. He'd been in a coma after undergoing brain surgery following the shooting. The suspect in the shooting will now be facing a first-degree murder charge.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a quarter of all of the education credits claimed by taxpayers in a single year may have been bogus. That's according to a government watchdog. It found that 3.6 million taxpayers in 2012 were given education tax credits that were questionable -- totaling $5.6 billion. In most cases, the IRS never got a tuition statement from the school. And in some cases, the students attended schools that weren't eligible for federal funding.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued reprimands and suspensions of up to seven days to agents who were involved in the detention of a college student who was handcuffed and forgotten in a San Diego cell for five days. And the Justice Department says it is concerned the punishments might be inadequate. It says the decisions may reflect the need for a broad review of the DEA's disciplinary practices. The comments came in a letter to Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa that was released today.

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