Massachusetts

Jury seated in marathon bombing

After two months of jury selection, a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was seated for the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The all-white panel consists of eight men and 10 women, all from the Boston area. Jurors include a house painter, an air traffic controller and a former emergency room nurse. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday. Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 charges in connection with twin bombings at the finish line of the marathon April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured. He also is charged in the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days after the bombings.

Georgia

Two executions delayed indefinitely

The state of Georgia said it would postpone a pair of executions amid concerns about the drug it had intended to use to carry out the sentences. The Georgia Department of Corrections said "an abundance of caution" had compelled it to defer the planned executions of Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who had been scheduled to be put to death Monday, and Brian K. Terrell, whose execution was set for next week.

California

Agents crack down on 'birth tourism'

Federal agents stormed 37 locations in Southern California, gathering evidence about what they say are three illegal "birth tourism" businesses for wealthy Chinese women. According to affidavits unsealed Tuesday, the businesses arranged for pregnant women to come to the United States on tourist visas in order to give birth to babies who will be U.S. citizens, entitled to birth certificates and passports — and, when they turn 21, able to help their parents become legal U.S. residents.

Arizona

Jury at an impasse in Arias penalty phase

Jurors weighing a death sentence for Jodi Arias have reached an impasse, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge said, before giving them a special instruction in an effort to resolve the case. Judge Sherry Stephens delivered the impasse instruction on Tuesday afternoon after more than 19 hours of deliberations on Arias' fate. Arias was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder after fatally stabbing and shooting her boyfriend in 2008. That jury could not decide whether she should be sentenced to death, so a second penalty phase was held, with a second jury.

Alabama

High court halts same-sex marriage

The Alabama Supreme Court is ordering the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The court sided with a pair of conservative organizations in ruling that the U.S. Constitution doesn't alter the judges' duty to administer state law. The court says Alabama has defined marriage as between only one man and one woman for about 200 years. And it says a federal court used "sleight of hand" in a case that resulted in most of Alabama allowing gay marriage last month.

India

Gang rapist blames murdered victim

One of the men sentenced to death for raping and killing a woman in a 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus says in a TV documentary, "India's Daughter," that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed. Mukesh Singh, among four men convicted and sentenced to be executed, said the 23-year-old woman should have remained silent and allowed the rape. The rape-murder shocked Indians and prompted hundreds of thousands to take to the streets in protest. India's government doubled prison terms for rapists and criminalized voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women. Activists said the broadcast of his comments on Sunday would be an insult to the memory of the woman.

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