Gun control group counts Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev as 'victim'

Supporters of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement commemorated Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev at a rally  in Concord, N.H. on Tuesday.

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Obama administration pledged transparency, but slowed document requests, memos show

Even as the freshly minted Obama administration was pledging a "new era of open government" back in 2009, officials were quietly adding new rules that had the potential to slow down public requests for documents. 

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New Jersey residents tied to real-life 'Sopranos' haunts mourn native son James Gandolfini

A bag of uncooked ziti in the driveway, a "reserved" sign at the ice cream parlor booth where the series abruptly ended, and a framed photo at a strip club were among the tributes paid to James Gandolfini in the northern New Jersey communities where his TV character Tony Soprano lived, loved and whacked people.

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Family of US soldier held by Taliban 'encouraged' by potential swap for Gitmo prisoners

Relatives of an American prisoner of war captured four years in Afghanistan are "encouraged" by reports that Taliban officials are considering to free him in exchange for five senior operatives held at Guatanamo Bay.

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Sushi rice, alfalfa and catfish farmer subsidies among perks in massive farm bill

Multimillion-dollar taxpayer-backed safety nets for sticky-rice makers, alfalfa growers and catfish farmers are just three of the myriad subsides tucked into the massive 629-page House farm bill that could get a vote as early as Thursday. 

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