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As Nemtsov buried, Russian opposition faces gloomy future

As slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is buried, his comrades face a gloomy future
Laura Mills And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - After paying their final tributes Tuesday to slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many members of Russia's beleaguered opposition are looking into the future with gloom.

The sadness and loss that drew thousands to Nemtsov's funeral is unlikely to add vigour to the small and marginalized opposition, or dent the broad public support for President Vladimir Putin.

Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

Ga. postpones its 1st execution of a woman in 70 years, citing cloudiness of injection drug
Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday because of concerns about the drug to be used in the lethal injection.

Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban

Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban; state plans to appeal
The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. - A federal judge has blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect until March 9.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday ordered the western state to not enforce its ban.

Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state's voter-backed ban. Last week, Bataillon heard arguments for and against a motion for an injunction to block enforcement of the ban while the lawsuit is pending.

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe; opposition blames Kremlin for the killing
Laura Mills, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honour of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.

The marchers occasionally broke into chants of "Russia without Putin," or "Say no to war," but often the only sound was the steady thwack of police helicopters overhead or the hum of police boats patrolling the shores of the Moscow River.

US appeals court: Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that any high-profile case would receive significant media attention, but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice."

"Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process," the panel wrote.

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

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