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WASHINGTON (AP) — Boston’s police commissioner says the marathon bombings should not be an excuse to move the country into a “police state mentality.” But Commissioner Edward Davis says security should be tightened through various means while protecting basic civil liberties. The comments come from the text of testimony he’s to give today at a congressional hearing.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Associated Press review finds that a California law created to oversee national health care reforms stands out nationwide for its secrecy compared to other states attempting to establish their own procedures. The review finds the agency created in California has sweeping authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, creating a barrier from public disclosure.

PHOENIX (AP) — The sheer brutality of the attack and medical examiner’s testimony are expected to be at the heart of the prosecution argument for the death penalty when the punishment phase of Jodi Arias’ trial begins today in Arizona. The jury has already found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her one-time boyfriend.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest report from the foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac says the numbers are dropping and that’s considered good news in the nation’s foreclosure crisis. Nationally, home repossessions fell 20 percent in April from the previous month.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is ready to let the U.S. have nine bases in the country after the 2014 combat troop pullout, but wants Washington’s “security and economic guarantees” first. Speaking at a ceremony today at Kabul University, Karzai for the first time offered insight into a deal to outline American presence in Afghanistan after 2014.

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