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Federal investigators revealed that the Boston bombers initially wanted to launch their terror attack on Independence Day, but changed to the marathon because they finished building their bombs faster than they thought they could.

Inside the Ring: Russia builds up, U.S. down

As the Obama administration prepares to launch a new round of strategic nuclear missile cuts, Russia’s strategic nuclear forces are undergoing a major modernization, according to U.S. officials.

Duck and cover: Feds reinstate ‘duck stamp’ crown to 6-year-old

The federal government late Thursday reinstated the 6-year-old winner of this year’s Junior Duck Stamp, after earlier accusing her of plagiarism and rescinding her award.

In a statement issued Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed itself and said that last month’s judging was fair and that Madison Grimm, the youngest winner in history, should be reinstated.