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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack. A federal jury in Massachusetts reached the decision after more than 14 hours of deliberations over three days. The defense sought to save Tsarnaev's life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized older brother. But prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack -- and someone so heartless he placed a bomb behind children, killing an 8-year-old boy.

BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has shown no reaction as a jury sentenced him to the death penalty for the 2013 terror attack. His head was down slightly and his hands were folded in front of him as the death sentence was handed down. The defense asked that the jury be polled, and each confirmed that the verdict represented his or her decision. The sentence came down exactly 25 months after the April 15, 2013, bombings.

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says today's life prison sentence for a former top aide to Osama bin Laden is justified. The sentence came at the New York trial of Khaled al-Fawwaz (kah-LEED' al-fah-WAHZ'), who'd been convicted in the 1998 bombings of two embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. In court today, al-Fawwaz was confronted by people who lost loved ones, and by a woman who was blinded in one of the attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington, D.C., say four people who were found dead following a fire at an upscale home were homicide victims. The bodies of three adults and one child were found after the fire broke out yesterday afternoon at the home in northwest Washington. The $4.5 million house is blocks away from the Washington National Cathedral and from Vice President Joe Biden's official residence.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Asian Americans is complaining that Harvard University and other Ivy League schools are using racial quotas to admit other students instead of high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups filed a complaint with the civil rights offices at the Justice and Education departments today. They want an investigation, and say these schools should stop using racial quotas or racial balancing in admission. Harvard says its approach to admissions has been found to be "fully compliant with federal law."

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