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MEDFORD, Mass. -- Krystle M. Campbell, the 29-year-old victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, was remembered at her funeral Monday for her smile.

The Rev. Chip Hines told Ms. Campbell's friends and family members at St. Joseph Catholic Church that "every picture I have ever seen" of her "has had that ever-present smile."

"Let these words from her parents be what you remember about Krystle," Father Hines said, at the first of four funerals expected this week stemming from the bombings and subsequent manhunt. "Unselfish. Kind. Always willing to help. Always putting herself last. Hard worker. Couldn't say no. Always smiling."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was in attendance, as was the mayor of Medford and its police chief.

Ricin case hearing

OXFORD, Miss. -- No ricin was found during a search of the Mississippi home of the man charged with sending letters tainted with the toxic substance to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Agent Brandon Grant also told a federal judge during a hearing that investigators found no trace of the deadly poison in defendant Paul Kevin Curtis's vehicle, his ex-wife's home or his parents' house.

The substances found in the letters intercepted April 16 now indicates "a very crude form of ricin," Agent Grant said, while noting that final test results as to the toxicity of the mailed substance aren't complete.

5 dead in shootings

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- A man fatally shot his live-in girlfriend at an apartment south of Seattle, then killed three men, including a neighbor who told others to call 911 and retreated inside his unit before the gunman blasted open the door with a shotgun and opened fire, authorities said Monday.

The 28-year-old suspect, whom authorities have yet to identify, was later shot and killed in a parking lot by responding officers. Police encountered a chaotic situation in Federal Way when they responded Sunday night to reports of gun shots.

4 Democrats face wrath

WASHINGTON -- Four Democratic senators who defied President Barack Obama to help defeat gun-safety legislation are facing the wrath of activists who promise to make them pay a political price.

"The level of anger around this is higher than on anything I've seen in years, decades," said Matt Bennett of Third Way, a policy group aligned with Democrats whose founders previously worked on gun-policy issues. "These senators do not have a suitable explanation for what they did."

Three of the senators are up for re-election in 2014: Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp was elected in November to her first six-year term.

Also in the nation ...

Young New Yorkers would not be able to buy cigarettes until they were 21, up from the current 18, under a proposal advanced Monday by Thomas Farley, the city's health commissioner, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. ... News Corp. has reached a $139 million settlement in shareholder lawsuits over the British phone hacking scandal and the controversial purchase of an entertainment company run by founder Rupert Murdoch's daughter. ... The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 32 Cuban migrants who were recently picked up in waters off South Florida and the Keys.

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