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Governor: Closing Boston amid bomber hunt ‘tough’

BOSTON — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.

Pro-Russian militants ignore settlement in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian militants, boasting that they did not take orders from diplomats in Washington or Moscow, refused to end their armed occupation of a dozen government buildings across eastern Ukraine on Friday, upending hopes for a quick end to the standoff.

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The depressing durability of hate crime

The tragic shooting last weekend at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City has once again drawn widespread attention to hate groups and hate crimes in the United States. Below, is a round-up of the most recent data on the issue from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the FBI and other sources.

ACLU sues over delays for immigrants seeking US protection

Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups.

Identical twins, one case of Down syndrome: a genetic mystery

A rare occurrence in the earliest days of a pregnancy produces an unusual and mystifying outcome: Identical twin fetuses are conceived of the same meeting of egg and sperm. And despite their shared DNA, one of the twins has Down syndrome (the most common genetic cause of intellectual impairment), but the other does not.

New procedure clones stem cells from adults

Scientists have grown stem cells from adults using cloning techniques for the first time — bringing them closer to developing patient-specific lines of cells that can be used to treat a whole host of ailments, from heart disease to blindness.