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Death Penalty: Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon last year, The National Law Journal reports. Massachusetts abolished the death penalty 30 years ago, but Tsarnaev is being tried in federal court.

Fear Monger: Samsung attorney Kathleen Sullivan yesterday argued that a permanent injunction banning some Samsung smartphones that infringe Apple’s patents would create “fear and uncertainty for the carriers and retailers,” Reuters reports.The matter is before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose.

Like a Train: After an Italian court found her guilty yesterday of murdering her roommate, an emotional Amanda Knox appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning.  "It really hit me like a train," she told anchor Robin Roberts. "I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent once before." She also said she would “never go willingly back” to Italy.

Keystone Report: The U.S. State Department is preparing to issue a final report as soon as today on the Keystone XL Pipeline –and environmentalists probably won’t like it, Bloomberg reports. The report is expected to be similar to a March draft that found the proposed Canada-U.S. pipeline would have only a minimal impact on carbon emissions.

Murky Waters:  Three years ago, President Barack Obama shuttered the White House’s Office of Political Affairs. But now, Obama plans to reopen a White House political shop, “sailing back into murky legal waters his team seemed eager to steer out of not so long ago,” Politico reports.

Navy Yard Shooter: The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard convinced doctors he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, the Associated Press reports after a review of his confidential medical files.

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