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Brady penalized...Sides rest in Tsarnaev punishment trial...Growing unbelief

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 11, 2015 at 10:51 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been told by the NFL that he "has an obligation to comply with the rules." Brady has been slapped with a four-game suspension because he used deflated footballs last season in the AFC title game against Indianapolis. The Patriots have also been hit with a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a Mississippi man charged with the capital murder of two police officers blames alcohol and synthetic marijuana for her son's troubles. She also says Marvin Banks had been hearing voices in his head. Banks' girlfriend and brother are charged as accessories and a friend faces an obstruction charge. More than 1,000 people attended Monday's memorial in Hattiesburg for the officers.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) lawyers rested their case Monday in their effort to save him from execution. Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean (PRAY'-zhahn) testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow for the victims. Closing arguments will be made Wednesday. A decision on his punishment will then be in the hands of a federal jury.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would keep the identity of execution drugmakers confidential. Suppliers have reported being threatened by death penalty opponents. The Texas Senate on Monday approved a measure that would even keep death row inmates from knowing where the state is getting the drugs used to execute them.

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years. A study by the Pew Research Center finds that so-called "nones" rank only behind evangelicals. Christianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S. Seven in 10 Americans identify with the religion.

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