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TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city.
Lawyers for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quickly wrapped up their defense case on Tuesday as the four-week old trial entered its final stages. Attorneys for Tsarnaev, who faces the death penalty if convicted of the April 2013 Boston Marathon attack that killed three people and wounded 264, called only four witnesses after prosecutors wrapped their case on Monday. "That is all the witnesses that the defense will present," lawyer Tim Watkins informed the court following the testimony of an FBI fingerprint expert. Under questioning Tuesday, FBI fingerprint expert Elaina Graff acknowledged that only Tamerlan Tsarnaev's fingerprints had been found on many items of evidence including materials used to manufacture bombs.