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Runners and race fans crowd Boyslton Street at the Boston Marathon finish line, one day before the race, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston

On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

SPORTS | By Amy Crawford | Sunday Apr 20, 2014
In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston.

Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday April 20, 2014

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

NATIONAL | Apr 20
Revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the skies above a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday.

This photo provided by Brookline Auction Gallery of Brookline, N.H., Friday, April 18, 2014, shows a watercolor by Robert Childress and photos of the model used to paint it.

Bid, Dick, bid: ’Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

NATIONAL | Apr 20
In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy.

UN conference provokes heated gay rights debate

INTERNATIONAL | By Edith M. Lederer | Apr 20
Many countries at this week’s U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

A newly wed couple rest on the Pont des Arts in Paris, Wednesday April 16, 2014

Paris... City of Love, or City of Locks?

INTERNATIONAL | By Jamey Keaten | Apr 20
Concerns about scenery are clashing with sentimentality in this reputed City of Love over a profusion of padlocks hitched by lovers on bridges as symbols of everlasting "amour" - locks that some decry as an eyesore.

Pope Francis incenses the faithful as he arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

RELIGION | By Frances D’Emilio | Apr 20
Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

Gay? Mormon? Affirmation Can Help

RELIGION | By Christiana Lilly | Apr 20
As a junior at Brigham Young University, John Gustav-Wrathall was struggling with his sexuality, he was suicidal, and devastated over the idea of leaving behind the Mormon church that had been his entire life.

Get dinner out on April 24 and help your local ASOs!

3,000 Restaurants Participate in Dining Out for Life

AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Apr 20
On Thursday, April 24, eat dinner out and help save the world! More than 3,000 restaurants across 60 North American cities will participate in Dining Out For Life, hosted by Subaru.

"Most Wanted Men No. 2, John Victor G., 1964" a silkscreen depicting a mug shots of one of the NYPD’s 13 most-wanted criminals whose likeness was briefly mounted on a facade of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair

Exhibit recreates Warhol’s 1964 World’s Fair mural

NATIONAL | By Ula Ilnytzky | Apr 19
Even for a 1964 New York World’s Fair that celebrated "The World of Tomorrow," Andy Warhol may have been ahead of his time.

In this March 3, 2012 file photo, director Bryan Singer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the play "8" in Los Angeles

Lawyer: Director not in Hawaii during alleged acts

NATIONAL | By Oskar Garcia | Apr 19
Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defense attorney said Friday.

Eddie Robinson

Sports talk radio show on LGBT issues to debut

SPORTS | By Rachel Cohen | Apr 19
The premiere of "The Outfield" this weekend on satellite radio will open with a discussion of Derrick Gordon, the UMass guard who on Wednesday became the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player.