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National news briefs — compiled July 24

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BOSTON

Last victim returns home

The last hospitalized Boston Marathon bombing victim hobbled to a waiting car that took him home Wednesday, exactly 100 days after the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. Marc Fucarile lost his right leg above the knee, broke his spine, as well as bones in his left leg and foot, ruptured both eardrums and suffered severe burns and shrapnel wounds when the second of two bombs exploded near him and a group of friends who were at the finish line.

WASHINGTON

Kennedy named to post

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country. Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie.

HOUSTON

Elder Bush shaves head

Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show solidarity for the sick child of a Secret Service agent. A statement issued by a Bush spokesman Wednesday said the 89-year-old former president acted earlier this week at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. That was after he saw members of his Secret Service detail with newly shaved heads to show support for the 2-year-old son of an agent. The child is undergoing treatment for leukemia; George and Barbara Bush lost their second child, 4-year-old Robin Bush, to leukemia.

FREDONIA, ARIZ.

Couple killed by lightning

A married couple was killed and a teenage boy injured when lightning struck near a scenic overlook in northern Arizona, authorities said Wednesday. The man and woman lived outside the United States; further information wasn’t immediately available.

Compiled from wire reports.


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