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Prosecutor says Pistorius should get mental evaluation

The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder.

Friends of accused Boston bomber to seek relocation of trial

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for three friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with hampering the investigation into the deadly 2013 blasts are due in court on Tuesday to ask a judge to dismiss the charges or move their upcoming trial out of town. Attorneys for the three men, college friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are also expected to argue that some of the charges against their clients are too vague and to seek to forbid prosecutors to read some of their early statements to police at the trial, set to begin in June. Their attorneys have argued that the intense publicity surrounding the April 15, 2013, blasts that killed three people and injured 264 and the upcoming trial of Tsarnaev, the surviving member of a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers also accused of shooting dead a police officer, will make it all but impossible to find an impartial jury to hear the case at U.S. District Court in Boston. Federal prosecutors contend that three men, Kazakh exchange students Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov and Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident Robel Phillipos, went to Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the attack and removed a backpack and laptop computer as police were searching for the suspected bomber.

Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to 6 years in prison

By Rami Amichai TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail on Tuesday for taking bribes in a real estate deal, a crime the judge said was akin to treason. The first criminal conviction of a former Israeli head of government all but ended speculation that Olmert - a centrist credited internationally with working towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians - might return to political life. \"A public servant who takes bribes is akin to a traitor,\" said Judge David Rozen in the Tel Aviv District Court, as he handed down a six-year prison term sought by prosecutors and fined Olmert 1 million shekels ($289,500).

Car bomb attacks kill 28 people in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of car bombings in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad killed 28 people on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence that has been the most serious challenge to the government's efforts to achieve stability across Iraq.

German FM in Ukraine to help broker dialogue

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Germany's foreign minister flew to Ukraine Tuesday to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes following the declaration of independence by two eastern regions.

Israeli court sentences ex-PM Olmert to 6 years

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country and marking the climax in a lengthy campaign against corruption in Israeli public life.

German FM to help broker dialogue in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is set to visit Kiev to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes following the declaration of independence by two eastern regions.

History shades Arkansas' gay marriage debate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Fifty-seven years after federal troops escorted nine black students into Little Rock's Central High School as a white mob jeered, Arkansas again finds itself in the center of a debate over civil rights. This time, the issue is gay marriage, but the 1957 desegregation crisis still casts a shadow.

Pedophile teacher abused dozens as clues missed

He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. He was often the first to arrive in the morning, and the last to leave each day. He led students on class trips to exotic places, treating them to cookies and milk at bedtime.

Clippers' Sterling slams Magic Johnson, HIV status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling repeatedly disparaged Magic Johnson's HIV-positive status in an interview that aired Monday, saying he was not a fit role model for children and dismissing his work in business and charity.

Rubio: Open Congress' retirement to all workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio in his latest in a series of national policy prescriptions.

U.S. deploys surveillance aircraft over Nigeria to find girls

The United States has deployed manned surveillance aircraft over Nigeria and is sharing satellite imagery with the Nigerian government to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents, a senior Obama administration official said on Monday. Washington has sent military, law-enforcement and development experts to Nigeria to help search for the missing girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on April 14. \"We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government's permission,\" the U.S. official said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing on Monday that the U.S. was providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support.

Energy savings bill fails amid election politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill fell victim in the Senate on Monday to election-year politics and the Obama administration's continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Clay Aiken's primary opponent dies at his home

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — The entrepreneur who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken died Monday, his family said.

FCC revising Internet rules after public backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.