Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are due to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will also ask the judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant’s family as they seek to build a case that could limit his blame for the attack. Full story

Boston marks first anniversary of Marathon bombing with day of tributes

Bells tolled across city at 2.49pm to mark the moment of the first blast, while ceremonies were attended by survivors and victims’ families. Read more

Photograph: Bill Sikes/AP

Three killed after shootings at Jewish centres in Kansas

A 73-year-old man opened fire outside a Jewish centre and nearby retirement community in Kansas City on Sunday, killing three people including a 14-year-old boy, police said.

The suspect was identified as Frazier Glenn Cross by authorities in Kansas, and by the Southern Poverty Law Center as Frazier Glenn Miller, a longtime anti-Semite who is the former grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Full story 

Photograph: John Sleezer/AP

Top 10 historic sights in San Francisco

San Francisco has iconic landmarks aplenty: the Golden Gate bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz … and fog. But dig deeper and you’ll find a richer history beyond the famous tourist sights. See more

Photograph: Mike Shaw/Getty Images/Flickr RF

Senate takes on gender pay gap bill

American women are paid, on average, between 64 to 90 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the National Partnership for Women and Families that comes as Congress and the White House take steps to address the gender pay gap.

Across the nation, women who work full time earn on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, an annual wage gap of $11,607 that is especially relevant to more than 15 million US households led by women, the study found. A third of households led by women live in poverty. Read more

Pictured: Senate majority leader Harry Reid urges passage of legislation that would establish ‘paycheck fairness’ in wages paid to women. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

On Llanfair


A reader asks: Could you please share your feelings on Llanfair.

A Martin Pengelly answers: With pleasure, old sprout. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, to give it its full name, is a place on the island of Anglesey, which is part of Wales, which for immediate purposes only we shall simply say is a constituent part of “Britain”.

With 58 characters (if only 51 letters, most of them consonants, due to things like ‘ch’ counting in the Welsh language as one), it is the longest place name in Europe. I’m not going to try to give the pronunciation phonetically – safe to say that given 76% of the populace of Llanfair speaks Welsh, ask them.

Why the place is often shortened to “Llanfair” should be obvious. If it isn’t, consider the advice of Blackadder:

“Never ask for directions in Wales, Baldrick. You’ll be washing spit out of your hair for a fortnight.”

Advantage (as apportioned due to having had the out-of-body experience that is going into a pub in a Welsh-speaking town while wearing an England Rugby woolly hat and speaking decidedly English-sounding English): Wales, the Welsh and Welsh speakers everywhere.

Washington state mudslide: more bodies recovered

Rescuers searching for survivors of a mudslide in Washington state recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, officials have said.

The official death toll rose to 16, with the possibility of 24 dead once the other bodies are confirmed. Read more

Pictured: Authorities are working through a list of 176 people unaccounted for after a mudslide tore through a rural community north of Seattle on Saturday. Photograph: Pool/Getty

Train derailment at Chicago O’Hare international airport injures 32

An eight-car commuter train derailed early Monday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, injuring 32 people on board after it failed to stop at an underground station at one of the nation’s busiest airports.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator”. Transit authority spokesman Brian Steele said authorities were trying to piece together what happened, but that the train was likely traveling too fast. Read more

Photograph: Kenneth Webster/AP

The magic of New Orleans: how Nola got its groove back

Friendly people, the finest food in the US, some of the world’s best music … and a post-Katrina comeback in full swing. How could you not fall in love with New Orleans? Read more

Jazz group in the Spotted Cat club, Frenchmen Street. Photograph: Alamy