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Britain's political leaders launched their last day of campaigning on Wednesday for the most unpredictable election in living memory which could yield no clear winner and weeks of haggling over the next government. With neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives nor Ed Miliband's Labour expected to win a majority on Thursday and smaller parties on the rise, the election could also confirm a shift to a fragmented style of politics more familiar in other parts of Europe. A Conservative win would raise the risk of Britain exiting the European Union because Cameron has promised a referendum on membership, while some business leaders and investors have warned Labour could be bad for the economy. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats who have been in coalition with the Conservatives for the last five years, has even suggested there could be another election this year.
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Italian crews have rescued a boatload of migrants who say they were at sea for 12 days, as the U.N. Security Council gears up to hear first-hand about the Mediterranean migrant crisis.
Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will call more witnesses on Wednesday as they seek to spare his life by painting him as a normal teen who went astray when he followed his older, domineering brother in carrying out the attack. He was also convicted of killing a police officer three days later. Over the past two weeks lawyers for Tsarnaev have called three dozen witnesses who described him as a mild-mannered teenager who, even as his college grades slipped, remained the kind and well-liked youngster he had been as a child. "He never caused harm to anybody or disrespected anybody,"college student Henry Alvarez, who wrestled on the same team as Tsarnaev in high school, told jurors on Tuesday. Martin Richard, 8, Chinese exchange student Lu Lingzi, 23, and restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, died in the bombing. The Tsarnaev brothers also shot dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.