News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

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Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London and other cities worldwide stepped up security today following twin explosions at the Boston Marathon that left at least two dead.

The Jeremy Kyle show 'turned Mick Philpott into a celebrity'

A psychologist claims that the confrontational daytime TV show reinforced the child-killer’s behaviour, rather than challenging it

John Upton filmed and rescued Romanian orphans

Film-maker killed in row with neighbour

American who recorded plight of children in Romanian orphanages is shot dead after dispute over pruning of trees

Starving sea lion pups fill California rescue centres on US west coast

Hundreds of starving sea lion pups are washing up on beaches in Southern California, overwhelming rescue centres and leaving scientists scrambling to figure out why.

At the time of the Google takeover, YouTube had an estimated usage of 50 million worldwide.

The third largest country in the world: YouTube reaches a billion monthly viewers

The meteoric rise in traffic is due to the rise of social media and lucrative advertising by its parent company

Hidden cameras capture drunken revellers repeatedly 'beating up' seals, forcing San Diego to close its beaches at night

Footage showed people repeatedly kicking, punching and sitting on top of adult seals and their pups

Members of 'bondage ring' charged with torture and murder of Marine's ex-wife after she reluctantly agreed to go on dinner date

Three members of an alleged bondage ring have appeared in court on charges of murder, kidnapping, torture, attempted sexual battery and conspiracy, following a woman's violent death after being convinced to go on a dinner cruise with her neighbour.

Mobile phone conversations often seem more intrusive than the general hubbub of people talking to one another

Hold the line: Overheard phone calls more distracting than room full of people chatting

People are more distracted by other individuals talking on their mobile phones than by listening in to background conversations between people in the same room, a study has found.

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Gadget-filled vending machines: Want a new keyboard, get the correct change

Vending machines ought to follow high street shops on the conveyor belt of death that is online retail. Yet a growing fondness for anonymous shopping (see also supermarket checkout bots) is giving new life to old tech.

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Mexico's powerful union boss, Elba Esther Gordillo, held on corruption charges

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LA Police have been instructed to act as if Dorner is still at large

Christopher Dorner manhunt: Under their noses for a week, how LAPD finally got their man

The hunt for the California cop killer is over. But Christopher Dorner had been hiding in plain sight all along

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Jonathan Rendall meets Earnie Shavers: 'Our rendezvous was a cheap Chinese restaurant...'

Jonathan Rendall, the award-winning journalist who died last month aged 48, was one of the greats of ‘Independent’ sportswriting.  He was a key figure in the early years of ‘The Independent on Sunday’, gracing the pages of both titles throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He specialised in boxing, bringing to life its characters with a Runyonesque vividness. In a tribute to his life and work, we here reprint one of his best pieces, an encounter from 2003 with the American ex-heavyweight boxer Earnie Shavers, whom Rendall tracked down in the unlikely setting of a Chinese restaurant in Liverpool

Eight killed and many injured in tourist bus crash in California

At least eight people were killed and 38 injured when a tourist bus careened out of control down a California mountain road, struck a car, flipped over and hit a pickup truck, authorities said.

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