A.M. Links: Japan and Russia Look To End WWII, Tsarnaev Lawyers Working on Deal To Avoid Death Penalty, GOP Donor Group Pushing for Republicans To Support Gay Marriage


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  • Japan and Russia are hoping to officially end World War II. The two countries never signed a peace treaty thanks to a dispute over the Kuril Islands.
  • Defense attorneys have begun discussions on a deal that would spare Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty in exchange for his cooperation in the investigation. 
  • A group of prominent GOP donors are lobbying to get Republican legislators to support gay marriage. 
  • The Florida Senate has sent Gov. Rick Scott a set of reforms that aim to reduce the amount of time prisoners spend on death row. 
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has abdicated. Her son, Willem-Alexander, is the first Dutch king in over a century. 

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