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Boston bombing suspect charged in hospital bed

(Reuters) – Federal prosecutors charged badly wounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital bed on Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction, a charge that could result in the death penalty, officials said.

School resumes after Texas blast, but town’s frustration grows

(Reuters) – The only one of four schools in a Texas town to escape damage from a deadly fertilizer plant blast reopened on Monday with hugs for students and parents, as some residents expressed frustration they had not been allowed to return to damaged homes.

Halliburton in Gulf spill settlement talks, takes charge

(Reuters) – Halliburton Co is in talks to settle private claims against it in a trial to determine how to allocate blame for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, the oilfield services company said on Monday, as it took a $1 billion pretax charge for a possible deal.

Second man arrested for India girl rape, chaos in parliament

(Reuters) – Indian police arrested a second man on Monday in connection with the rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi and parliament was adjourned twice amid an uproar about the crime which has rekindled popular fury at widespread sexual violence.

Frustration rises from rubble of China’s deadly quake

(Reuters) – Hundreds of survivors of a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit southwest China, killing nearly 200 people, pushed into traffic along a main road on Monday, waving protest signs, demanding help and shouting at police.

Syrian regime accused of ‘new massacre’

Syria‘s government faced fresh western censure on Monday in the wake of opposition claims of hundreds of people being killed in a new massacre during recent fighting in the Damascus countryside.

Ebay lobbies against internet sales tax bill backed by Amazon

Ebay has begun lobbying millions of its users against a bill it claims will impose an unfair tax burden on small businesses.

The US Senate is expected to vote early this week on the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that will give states the power to collect online sales tax on goods bought outside their borders. Currently, only merchants with a physical presence within the state have the right to collect the sales tax.

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