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Shaggy-haired, bearded and attentive, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public appearance in 17 months Thursday, at a brief court hearing before his trial next month. Tension was high at the US federal court in the northeastern city where the April 15, 2013 attack killed three people and wounded 264 -- the worst such incident in the United States since 9/11. On the way into court, one of the victims angrily showed his artificial leg to demonstrators proclaiming the suspect's innocence. The attacks plunged Boston's world-famous marathon into mourning and revived fears of terrorism in the United States more than a decade after the Al-Qaeda hijackings.
HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.