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A documentary prompts a murder charge: The saga of millionaire Robert Durst continues

NEW ORLEANS — Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst agreed Monday to face a murder charge in Los Angeles in the shooting 15 years ago of a mobster’s daughter who vouched for him after his wife disappeared. READ

Canada, U.S. sign new border agreement to speed crossings

WASHINGTON — Travel to the United States by road, rail and sea could undergo a major revamp as the result of a new agreement between Canada and the U.S. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have signed a customs pre-clearance agreement that was years in the making. READ

New York City, Dublin fill with revelers as St. Patrick’s Day dyes the world green

NEW YORK — Global celebrations of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint culminated in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday. Here are St. Patrick’s Day events happening worldwide: READ

2 officers shot outside Ferguson PD; chief calls attack ’an ambush’ that could have been fatal

FERGUSON, Mo. — Two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday while demonstrators were gathered across the street — an attack the county police chief described as “an ambush” that could easily have killed both men. The shots were fired just as a small crowd of protesters began to break up after holding a demonstration in the wake of the resignation of the Ferguson police chief, who stepped down Wednesday. READ

France identifies man, boy in IS video of Palestinian’s killing as citizens

PARIS — A man and a boy featured in an Islamic State group propaganda video that threatens Jews and shows the killing of a Palestinian have been identified as French citizens, and investigators are looking into whether the man is related to an extremist who attacked a Jewish school in southern France in 2012, an official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. READ

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen capture town on outskirts of Islamic State-held Tikrit

BAGHDAD — Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen captured a town Tuesday on the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit, sealing off Saddam Hussein’s hometown in preparation to confront the extremists in one of their biggest strongholds, officials said. READ

Court documents: Young man killed in Wisconsin police shooting was impulsive risk-taker

MADISON, Wis. — An unarmed black man fatally shot by a white Wisconsin police officer faced a choice between a middle-class lifestyle and the gang world and tended to be an impulsive risk-taker, according to court documents. READ

UNESCO chief calls destruction of ancient Iraq site a ’war crime,’ says statues trucked away

The Islamic State group’s rampage through the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is an act of “cultural cleansing” that amounts to a war crime, and some of the site’s large statues have already been trucked away for possible illicit trafficking, the head of the U.N.’s cultural agency said Friday. READ

Police: 2 brothers charged in fatal shooting of Philadelphia officer during ’fierce’ battle

A police officer who went to a video game store to buy a present for his son ended up in a fierce gun battle with two would-be robbers, fighting to the end of his life to protect patrons and employees, a police captain said Friday. READ

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks free after serving 15-day sentence

Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was released Friday after spending 15 days in custody and vowed that he and his supporters will not be intimidated by the slaying of a top Kremlin critic. READ

Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia Airport, crashes through fence; 6 people hurt

A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay. READ

Boston Marathon bombing victim recalls seeing her shredded leg: 'Like a horror movie’

Roseann Sdoia saw two flashes of white light at her feet near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, looked down, and for a split second thought to herself: I’m wearing strappy sandals. READ

Boko Haram killing men, boys, tribe members linked to Chad in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram militants are rampaging through northeast Nigerian villages and selectively killing men, boys and members of the same tribe as Chadian forces that have dealt major blows to the Nigerian Islamic extremists, witnesses said Thursday. READ

As government considers extension, Nicholson says Canada in Iraq for long term

The Harper government is laying the groundwork for what has all the appearances of an extension of Canada’s combat mission against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. READ

Ukraine coal mine explosion kills at least 17 killed in rebel city

A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 17 workers, officials said. READ

Justice Dept won’t bring federal charges in Ferguson shooting, but criticizes police force

The Justice Department won’t prosecute former a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias. READ

Defence attorney admits Tsarnaev carried out Boston Marathon bombing

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on trial for his life Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing with his own lawyer bluntly telling the jury he committed the crime. But she argued that he had fallen under the influence of his older brother. READ

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile

One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. READ

India orders TV stations not to broadcast documentary in which rapist blames his victim

Indian authorities ordered television stations Tuesday not to broadcast a documentary about a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in which one of the attackers blames the victim and says she could have avoided being killed if she had not fought back, a government official said. READ

Netanyahu assails potential Iran-nuclear deal that U.S. seeks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama. READ

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