Boston Marathon bombing trial

In quest to avoid death penalty, defense paints Tsarnaev as follower

In a courtroom sketch, defense attorney David Bruck is depicted addressing the jury during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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The defense called eight witnesses Monday, all of whom testified about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his commitment to Islam and strong personality.

// Colorado prison is ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’

The Supermax prison houses the worst of the worst. And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may soon call it home.

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes (left) sat at the defense table at the opening of his trial in Centennial, Colo.

Colorado theater shooter was sane, prosecution argues

James Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people inside a packed movie theater, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mary Bonauto

Mary Bonauto set to argue gay marriage case before Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the Maine-based attorney will lead what could be the final fight in the battle she began in Massachusetts 12 years ago.

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Warren escalates fight with Obama on trade deal

Senator Warren is focusing sharply on secrecy and business influence surrounding the proposed international trade deal.

epa04600599 New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (C) celebrates an interception in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, USA, 01 February 2015. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Ben Volin | Three Downs

Breaking down the Patriots’ top draft needs

Cornerback and guard are the top categories to address, but linebackers and receivers should also be on their radar.


IBM’s computer Watson cooks up new recipe ideas

The cloud-based cognitive system has played trivia champ, legal aide, and cancer researcher. Now it’s trying to become a chef.

// New Mexico police searching for brother of Chandler Jones

Police want to question Jon Jones, a UFC light heavyweight champion, in connection with a hit-and-run accident.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) is dragged by the arm by Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. The play resulted in an injury to Love that forced him from the game. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES

Kelly Olynyk sorry Kevin Love got hurt

Olynyk, who dislocated Love’s shoulder during Sunday’s game, said he would never intentionally hurt Love or any other player.

Supplies run short in Nepal as quake’s toll grows

Monika Basnet (right), 15, held her brother Munal Basnet, 10, during the cremation of their father, who was killed in Saturday's earthquake.

Manish Swarup/AP

The official death toll soared past 4,000, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages.

Four Americans killed at Mount Everest, official says

The State Department identified two of the US citizens killed as Thomas Ely Taplin and Vinh Truong.

// Climbers describe mayhem on Mount Everest

At least 18 climbers died and dozens were seriously injured after an avalanche hit, as dramatic details emerged about the tragedy.

This Sept. 16, 2013 photo shows the ESPN logo prior to an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Cincinnati. ESPN on Monday, April 27, 2015 filed a lawsuit against Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package. (AP Photo/David Kohl)


ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

The move comes amid an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

Lawmakers question Baker’s plan to overhaul MBTA

The panel that proposed an overhaul of the agency was grilled by state legislators on Monday.

Saugus teens released on bail in sex assault case

The victim had submitted a letter saying the incident, which was recorded and distributed on social media, was consensual.

Bold Types

New welfare chief is a lottery millionaire

Jeffrey McCue, a father of six from Weymouth and former UMass official, won $10 million on a lottery scratch ticket in 2011.

Gloria Darden, mother of Freddie Gray, was comforted as she embraced his body before his funeral Monday.

Patrick Semansky/AP

Thousands attend funeral for Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Gray’s death has heightened tensions between residents and the police, with weekend protests at times turning violent.

Marathon trial podcast

// Episode 22: The prosecution rests in penalty phase

This interactive timeline highlights trial coverage and a podcast featuring Globe columnist Kevin Cullen and WBUR reporter David Boeri.



// Important MBTA reform from the State House

Lawmakers will debate freeing the T from the constraints of the anti-privatization Pacheco Law for five years.

The Big Picture

 People attend a commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 24. The Armenian Apostolic Church on Thursday made saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians at an open air ceremony to commemorate their killing. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

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The big picture

Remembering Armenia’s losses

People around the world this week remembered the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed over a two-year period.