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July 21, 2014 17:36
Azamat Tazhayakov are pictured in a courtroom sketch, appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts May 1, 2013 (Reuters / Jane Flavell Collins)
Friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber faces 25 years in prison
Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the first trial related to the April 2013 bombing. 34
Reuters / Lucas Jackson Texas to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border with Mexico
Texas Gov. Rick Perry activated 1,000 National Guard troops and will deploy them to the Rio Grande Valley. There they will join the state’s Department of Public Safety in an effort to combat human smuggling across the country’s southern border. 52
RIA Novosti / Maxim Bogodvid Online 'fingerprinting' stalking web users, nearly impossible to block
At least five percent of the internet’s top 100,000 websites are using a new kind of online tracking system – one which essentially takes a “fingerprint” of your computer via its web browser. 16
Reuters / Mike Segar Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise
New York City is moving forward with a proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and those living in the building’s affordable housing unit. 23
AFP Photo / Scott Olson A venture into socialism? Kentucky town becomes first in US to open its own gas station
A Kentucky town listened to its citizens’ complaints about high gas prices within its borders, and responded by opening a gas station run by the city government. Now critics are accusing Somerset’s officials of socialism. 34
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers arrest a young man (Reuters / Eduardo Munoz) Revealed: More than 1,000 complaints of NYPD chokeholds in recent years
There have been over 1,000 complaints of New York City police misconduct in recent years regarding officers’ use of chokeholds, a city agency that is investigating the incidents said days after a man put into hold by police died in Staten Island. 20
Reuters / Mohamed Al-Sayaghi 40 shot, 4 dead from gun violence in Chicago over weekend
​A spate of gun violence in Chicago over the weekend left at least 40 people shot and four dead, including an 11-year-old girl struck in the head by a stray bullet during a slumber party. 61
AFP Photo / Andrew Burton Tobacco giant to pay $23bn damages to Florida smoker’s widow
A jury in Florida has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36 punitive damages of $23 billion. RJ Reynolds, the second biggest tobacco company in the US, plans to challenge “this runaway verdict.” 71
An injured Israeli soldier is evacuated from near the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on July 21, 2014, following heavy fights between Israeli soldiers to Palestinian militants. (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana) 2 IDF-enlisted Americans killed in Gaza fighting
Two US citizens have been confirmed dead after the deadly Sunday in Gaza, when at least 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. The Americans were enlisted with the Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces and fell in the battle of Shejaia. 75
AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen Tens of millions in damages awarded to women secretly photographed by doctor
John Hopkins Hospital will pay out $190 million to thousands of women who claimed one of the facility’s gynecologists secretly recorded film and took photos of them in compromising positions. 9
Reuters / Mathieu Belanger Ohio village threatens Iraq war vet over therapy ducks
An Iraq war veteran who purchased ducks for physical and mental therapeutic purposes is now facing a citation and a hearing over the birds, as the village of West Lafayette, Ohio prohibits ownership of farm animals. 20

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