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Defense Rests In Penalty Phase Of Tsarnaev Trial

May 11, 2015
FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

Today saw the final day of testimony from witnesses called on behalf of the defense team for the convicted Boston bomber.

Week in Politics: Did The New Saudi King’s Snub Obama?

May 11, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman at the Royal Court, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Andrew Harnik, AP)

There’s speculation that the new king of Saudi Arabia decided not to visit the Washington due to U.S. negotiations with Iran.

India’s Gov’t May Be Fighting Environmentalists

May 11, 2015
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, a Greenpeace activist jumps to catch a thread tied to balloons during a protest against the imprisonment of the group's activists and freelance journalists in New Delhi, India. India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

According to some, India’s prime minister may be trying to shut out foreign charities and campaign groups.

E.U. Pushes For Military Crackdown On Migrant Traffickers

May 11, 2015
In this photo made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as rescue vassel " Denaro " of the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean Sea, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. European Union leaders gathering for an extraordinary summit are facing calls from all sides to take emergency action to save lives in the Mediterranean, where hundreds of migrants are missing and feared drowned in recent days. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP Photo) ITALY OUT

As the EU plans for use of force, Doctors Without Borders is traveling by sea on its own search-and-rescue effort.

California ‘Water School’ Washes Away Fines

May 11, 2015
Glen Peterson, left, looks on as Dan Denning, right, a water conservationist for San Diego County Water Authority checks sprinkler flow on his lawn as part of the county's "Watersmart Checkup" Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Carlsbad, Calif. The county offers free advice to residents on ways to conserve water in and around their homes. California state regulators Tuesday ordered communities to slash water use anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, with the goal of cutting overall consumption by one-quarter. And since nearly half of residential water in California goes to lawns, turning off sprinklers might be one of the first orders of business. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In Santa Cruz, residents can attend a one-night course on water conservation that allows them to then waive overuse penalties.

Will More Candidates Make It Harder To Stand Out In 2016?

May 8, 2015
From left to right: Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are all vying for the Republican presidential nomination. (Noam Galai/Bill Pugliano/Scott Olson/Ethan Miller/Darren McCollester/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

There are now six Republicans officially running for president. Kay Henderson of Iowa Radio and Paul Steinhauser of NH1 discuss the latest.

Conservative Party Wins Big In U.K. Elections

May 8, 2015
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha wave from the steps of 10 Downing Street in London Friday, May 8, 2015 after meeting Britain's Queen Elizabeth II where he informed her that he has enough support to form a government. The Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's Parliamentary elections winning an unexpected majority. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his party have won an unexpectedly decisive victory. Polls had predicted a very tight race.

President To Highlight Benefits Of Expanded Trade At Nike, Despite Protests

May 7, 2015
Nike's corporate headquarters is in Beaverton, Oregon. (pnp/Flickr)

President Obama is expected to use Nike’s 270-acre campus as the backdrop to discuss the upsides of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Sense Of Relief Today At U.K. Polling Places

May 7, 2015
A dog is pictured outside a polling station in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election. Polls opened Thursday in Britain's closest general election for decades with voters set to decide between the Conservatives of Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband's Labour and a host of smaller parties. (Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Ari Shapiro has been speaking with voters, says there’s a sense of relief that a complicated election season is coming to a close.

Race, Crime Are Big Issues In Philly Mayor’s Race

May 7, 2015
Protesters march past City Hall during a demonstration over the death of Freddy Gray outside City Hall on April 30, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Six Democrats and one Republican are vying to become Philadelphia’s next mayor, as Mayor Michael Nutter ends his final term.

Netanyahu Negotiates For His Government’s Survival

May 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scrambling to meet a deadline to form a coalition government or be forced to step down.

Chicago Approves Reparations For Victims Of Police Torture

May 6, 2015
Aaron Cheney demonstrates outside the federal courthouse where former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was attending a hearing on charges he obstructed justice and committed perjury for lying while under oath during a 2003 civil trial about decades-old Chicago police torture allegations October 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Burge could not be charged for the torture of suspects because the federal statute of limitations for the crime had expired. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The $5.5 million reparation package will compensate victims of police torture, from 1972 to 1991.

Reporter’s Notebook: Veteran Baltimore Journalist Jayne Miller

May 5, 2015
The boarded CVS Pharmacy is seen at Pennsylvania and West North avenues in West Baltimore on May 4, 2015. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The curfew has been lifted, National Guard Troops are pulling out and businesses, including CVS, are saying they will rebuild.

High Stakes In British Election, But Do Voters Care?

May 5, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he speaks at an election rally on May 5, 2015 in St Ives, England. Unlike political rallies in the U.S., only a small crowd gathered to hear Cameron even though election day is right around the corner. (Toby Melville/Getty Images)

The next prime minister could determine whether Britain stays in the E.U., whether Scotland stays in the U.K. and future economic policy.

Puerto Rico On The Brink Of Running Out Of Money

May 5, 2015
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (ricardo_mangual/Flickr)

The island is in its eighth year of recession, the unemployment rate is 12 percent and tens of thousands of people have left in recent years.

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