In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Penalty phase of marathon bombing trial to start after race

A judge granted a request Friday from Tsarnaev’s lawyers to have a recess to give the defense time to resolve logistical issues with potenti…

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Obama, Castro to meet Saturday amid bid to restore Cuba ties

A flurry of diplomacy was likely to reinvigorate ongoing efforts by the U.S. and Cuba to start their relationship anew after five decades.