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Father of man FBI shot claims his son was executed

MOSCOW (AP) - The father of a Chechen immigrant killed while being interrogated by the FBI about his ties to a Boston Marathon bombings suspect says agents killed his son "execution style."

At a press conference Thursday in Moscow, Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs he said were of his son, Ibragim, in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head and the pictures were taken by his son's friend, Khusen Taramov.

It was not immediately possible to authenticate the photographs.

The FBI says 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev was killed during a violent confrontation last week while being questioned about his ties to slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as about a 2011 triple slaying in Massachusetts.

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1 year ago

FBI: Man fatally shot in Boston bombing probe


WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI says a man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation.

The shooting incident early Wednesday took place in Orlando, Fla., where an FBI agent along with other law enforcement personnel were interviewing the man.

In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the FBI agent acted on an imminent threat and shot the interview subject.

The man being interviewed was killed and the FBI agent was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Marathon bombing victims urged to apply for funds

BOSTON (AP) - The administrator of the Boston Marathon victims' compensation fund says so far just five people have filed applications for a portion of the $30 million the One Fund has already collected.

Kenneth Feinberg tells the Boston Herald that the families of the four people killed in the April 15 bombings and the ensuing manhunt, as well as the more than 260 who suffered physical injuries, have until June 15 to complete their applications. He says if they miss that deadline, they are out of luck.

Feinberg says he saw similar procrastination while serving as special master of the 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund.

Feinberg has said that the families of those killed as well as victims who lost two limbs are likely to get about $1 million each.

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1 year ago

Boston: Missed Opportunities?

(NBC News) The body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a secret spot Thursday, ending a week of controversy and uncertainty over his final resting place.

Police in Worcester, Mass., did not disclose the location of the plot.

"A courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," police said in a statement. "His body is no longer in the City of Worcester and is now entombed."

The transfer of the body came a day after Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme practically begged someone to find a place where Tsarnaev, who was killed during a firefight with police, could be laid to rest.

Meanwhile, photos of the four who were killed in the bombing hung on Capitol Hill at the first Congressional hearing on the attack.

Former Senator Joe Lieberman said Homeland Security failed.

"I believe, that though it might not have been easy, it was possible to have prevented the terrorist attacks in Boston," Lieberman said.

The Los Angeles Times revealed a warning was made five days before the attack that the marathon finish line was vulnerable to a bombing by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.

The report said the FBI identified no specific suspects.

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1 year ago

Top Boston cop OK with more cameras in city


WASHINGTON (AP) - Boston's police commissioner says the marathon bombings should not be an excuse to move the country into a "police state mentality."

But Commissioner Edward Davis says security should be tightened through various means while protecting basic civil liberties.

The comments come from the text of testimony he's to give today at a congressional hearing.

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1 year ago

Boston probe continues

(NBC News) A friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with lying to investigators after the Boston Marathon bombings can be released from jail as long as the judge imposes strict conditions to make sure he shows up for future hearings, federal prosecutors said Monday.

In a joint court filing, prosecutors and defense lawyers proposed that the friend, Robel Phillipos, be confined to his home and ordered to wear an electronic monitor.

Phillipos' lawyers argued over the weekend that he is not a flight risk and that he had nothing to do with the marathon attack itself. They also said he had been "frightened and confused" under questioning from investigators.

Phillipos is one of three friends of Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bombings, who were arrested last week after they were questioned about removing a backpack and fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the blasts.

Two Kazakh students, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, are charged with conspiring to destroy evidence. Phillipos, an American, is charged with lying to federal investigators. All knew Tsarnaev from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

In the court papers, lawyers described Phillipos as mild-mannered and peaceful, without a criminal record and with deep ties to his family, his church and the community in Cambridge, Mass.

The lawyers argued that Phillipos was questioned without a lawyer and made himself available to federal authorities at all times. The charge of lying has ruined what was a bright future, they said.

"This case is about a frightened and confused 19-year-old who was subjected to intense questioning and interrogation, without the benefit of counsel, and in the context of one of the worst attacks against the nation," the lawyers wrote.

The papers seek to distance Phillipos from the two Kazakhs and from Tsarnaev. Phillipos had taken a leave of absence for the spring semester and had not been in touch with the other three for more than two months, the lawyers argued.

It was only by "sheer coincidence and bad luck," the lawyers wrote, that Phillipos was invited to attend a campus seminar on April 18, the day the backpack and fireworks were removed from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

The lawyers also submitted 17 letters from people who know Phillipos, including his mother, attesting to his character. One was from a community soccer coach who said Phillipos was "very respectful" and excelled despite being the smallest player.

His mother, Genet Bekele, wrote that the family, which is of Ethiopian descent, looks forward to the marathon each year and cheers, on the sidelines or watching on television, as Ethiopians cross the finish line.

After the bombings, "We mourned for those who lost their lives and prayed for the injured," she wrote. "My son wants nothing more than the opportunity to clear his name."

Tsarnaev, 19, who is in a federal prison hospital in Massachusetts, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and could face the death penalty. He was wounded in a firefight with police before he was captured April 19.

His brother, Tamerlan, was killed in the firefight. A funeral parlor in Worcester, Mass., accepted the body, but as of Sunday the Tsarnaev family had not found a cemetery willing to bury him.

Three people were killed and more than 200 injured when two bombs went off April 15 near the marathon finish line. Twelve people remained in Boston hospitals Sunday.

The One Fund Boston, which has raised more than $28 million for victims, plans to hold a town hall meeting in Boston on Monday to discuss plans for how the money will be distributed.

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Troubles finding burial plot for Tsarnaev brother


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A funeral director in Worcester, Mass., says he's still having trouble finding a burial plot for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed while trying to get away from police.

Funeral director Peter Stefan says he'll ask the city of Cambridge to provide a plot, and if officials say no, he'll have to ask state officials for help.

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Suspected bombers considered July 4 attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two U.S. officials say the surviving suspected Boston bomber told interrogators that he and his brother considered setting off their bombs on July Fourth, but they decided to carry out their attack sooner and chose the date of the Boston marathon.

The U.S. officials say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators the bombs were assembled in his brother's home.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the details because the investigation into the Boston marathon attack is ongoing.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. His brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a police shootout.

Three people died and more than 260 were injured in the Boston marathon attack.

1 year ago

Ventura County wildfire hits PCH, more evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ventura County fire officials say an 8,000-acre wildfire has topped a ridge and reached the Pacific Coast Highway.

Fire Capt. Bill Nash says the fire reached the PCH - which had been closed for the second time in a day - at about 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Nash says the wildfire is still growing and the 10 percent containment the department had cited earlier was likely to be reduced.

By sunset firefighters had gained ground against the blaze that broke out along U.S. 101 and threatened 2,000 homes.

But a late surged forced a new series of evacuations and the PCH shutdown.

No one has been injured and no homes have been destroyed, but 25 homes were damaged.

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1 year ago

Remains of Boston Marathon bombing suspect claimed

BOSTON (AP) - The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been claimed.

Massachusetts Department of Public Safety spokesman Terrel Harris says a funeral home retained by Tsarnaev's family picked up his body Thursday. He has no more information.

Tsarnaev's widow in Rhode Island had wanted his side of the family to claim his body. His uncle in Maryland had said the family would claim it.

Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities.

Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his younger brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene.

Brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

Their mother says the allegations are lies.

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1 year ago

Boston suspects deny involvement

(NBC News) More details about the Boston Marathon bombing emerged Wednesday - two and a half weeks after the attack killed three people and wounded more than 200 - when two college friends of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were charged with removing a backpack and a laptop from his dorm room and another was charged with lying about it to the feds.

The laptop was turned over to the FBI, one of the friend's lawyer said, and a backpack containing deconstructed fireworks was ultimately recovered from a landfill. The friends also revealed that Tsarnaev has boasted that he knew how to make a bomb about a month before the attack.

Now, as the pool of evidence against Tsarnaev grows, so does the list of people related to or involved in the case. The friends - college classmates Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Robel Phillipos - are only the most recent names to be added to a list that includes family members, a boxing coach, law enforcement officials, a car hijacking victim, a mechanic and of course the victims killed April 15: Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Liu.

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Kazakhstan says it cooperating with US in probe

MOSCOW (AP) - Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry says it is cooperating with the United States in the case of two of its citizens arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were university friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They were charged Wednesday with attempting to destroy evidence by disposing of a backpack and laptop computer taken from his room after they found he was a suspect in the fatal bombing.

On Thursday, the Kazakh foreign ministry issued a statement saying "Both Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are cooperating with the investigative bodies and providing them assistance."

"As we have repeatedly stressed, Kazakhstan strongly condemns any form of terrorism. The Kazakhstan side is cooperating with the U.S. law enforcement bodies in their investigation," the ministry said.

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1 year ago

For 3, bomb suspect's friendship leads to charges


BOSTON (AP) - Authorities say hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend.

Those texts set off events that led to three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) being charged in connection with his case on Wednesday.

An FBI affidavit says the trio removed the bombing suspect's backpack from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth three days after the April 15 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Authorities say one of them later threw the backpack in the garbage, and it wound up in a landfill, where it was discovered by law enforcement officers last week. The backpack contained fireworks that had been emptied of their gunpowder.

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1 year ago

2 men charged in Boston bomb case waive bail

BOSTON (AP) - Two men who attended college with the Boston Marathon suspect and are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice have waived bail.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev appeared in court Wednesday and agreed to voluntarily detention.

Their next hearing is scheduled for May 14.

A third man, Robel Phillipos, is charged with making false statements to federal investigators. He awaits a court appearance.

An FBI affidavit says the three men removed bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the bombing.

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1 year ago

Boston police: 3 more suspects in custody bombings

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the police department says only that three more suspects are in custody and more details will follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison.

Both are Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S. They are accused of using a weapon of mass destruction.

1 year ago

Tsarnaevs' father puts off plans to travel to US

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) - The father of the Boston bombing suspects says he has indefinitely put off returning to the U.S. because he is too sick to make the trip from Russia.

Anzor Tsarnaev announced plans last week to travel to the U.S. in the hope of seeing his jailed younger son and burying his elder one.

But the 46-year-old Tsarnaev told The Associated Press on Wednesday that those plans are off, saying he is suffering from bad headaches and high blood pressure. He said he still hopes to go when he is feeling better.

Speaking by cell phone, Tsarnaev refused to say where he was. He said he remains on Russian territory, but is no longer in the southern province of Dagestan, where he had been living, or in neighboring Chechnya.

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Boston intel facing scrutiny

(NBC News) The nation's top intelligence official has ordered a review of the Boston Marathon bombing case amid questions about whether the U.S. should have known one of the suspects posed a threat.

Retired Gen. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has asked the inspector general who oversees the intelligence community to take a broad look at various agencies' handling of information they received long before the bombing.

"Based on what I've seen so far, the FBI performed its duties, Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing, but this is hard stuff,'' President Obama said at a Tuesday news conference.

In 2011, Russia asked the U.S. to check into Tamleran Tsarnaev because they suspected he was becoming radicalized. The FBI interviewed him but found no sign of terrorist activity.

His name and the name of his mother were put into intelligence databases that track possible terrorist ties, and U.S. agents were "pinged" when Tsarnaev flew last year to Russia, a trip that included time in the militant outpost of Dagestan.

Less than a year after he returned to the U.S., the 26-year-old ethnic Chechen and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarneav, planted two bombs near the finish line of the April 15 marathon, killing three and wounding more than 200 more people, authorities said.

Since then, there's been debate about whether Russia gave the U.S. enough information about Tsarnaev and whether the FBI and CIA should have been more thorough in vetting Tsarnaev.

"It's not as if the FBI did nothing," Obama said. "They not only investigated the older brother, they interviewed him."

Obama said that while there were "no signs" of terrorist tendencies then, investigators want to know if something happened later to trigger Tsarnaev's radicalization and what the U.S. can do to detect such shifts in the future.

He said Russia has been "very cooperative" since the attack, but also noted that "old habits die hard" and that some suspicion between between the two countries' intelligence agencies, dating back decades, has survived.

He portrayed the review as an effort to improve intelligence, not find fault with anyone.

"What Director Clapper is doing is standard procedure around here," Obama said.

Still, one U.S. counter-terrorism official said some in the intelligence community are "furious" about Clapper's probe, because it suggests that mistakes were made.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police. His brother was arrested after a manhunt that shut down Boston for a day and has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.

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1 year ago

Widow's parents' home searched

BOSTON (AP) - The attorney for the wife of dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says his widow is doing everything she can to help with the investigation.

On Monday, FBI agents went to her parents' home, where Katherine Russell has been staying since her husband was killed in a shootout with police.

Russell's 19-year-old brother-in-law is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.

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1 year ago

Bomb probe continues

Russian authorities have told U.S. investigators they recorded a 2011 telephone conversation between Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother in which the pair discussed jihad, according to a source briefed on the investigation.

The conversation, which the Russians have said was captured electronically via a wiretap, was not presented to U.S. authorities until after the April 15 bombing that killed three people and injured 264 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to the source.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev also mentioned the possibility of a trip to Palestine during the conversation with mom Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the source said.

The phone call does not indicate there was clear intelligence that the now-deceased 26-year-old was plotting an attack at the time, counterrorism experts said.

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1 year ago

Bombs Were "Al Qaeda Inspired"

(NBC News) A detailed analysis of the bombs used at the Boston Marathon and during a firefight between the suspects and law enforcement shows how closely the bombmakers followed instructions from the digital al Qaeda magazine "Inspire," according to a government document obtained by NBC News.

The unclassified report from the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center found that the pipe bombs allegedly thrown from a car by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev during last Friday's chase through Watertown, Mass., resembled the design described in "How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom," an article in the first issue of the English-language magazine. At least one of the Watertown bombs used an elbow pipe wrapped in black tape, as discussed in "Inspire."

"The use of elbow pipes specifically is unique," states the report, "and rare in other extremist and anarchist literature."

"How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" also provided instructions on how to build bombs with kitchen pressure cookers. The bombs detonated at the marathon on April 15 were constructed from pressure cookers, as was a bomb authorities say the suspects threw at police during the Watertown shootout. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old immigrant of Chechen origin, was killed during the confrontation.

According to the TEDAC analysis, the pressure-cooker bombs also match the "Inspire" designs in their use of spherical shrapnel and gunpowder from fireworks, as well as the possible use of Christmas tree lights as an initiator.

The pipe bombs also used fireworks and spherical shrapnel. Both types of devices apparently used glue to secure the shrapnel, as described in "Inspire." NBC is not disclosing details that could aid in the construction of a bomb.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who survived the Watertown shootout and was captured last Friday night, has told investigators that he and his brother Tamerlan got bombmaking instructions from "Inspire," according to law enforcement officials. The TEDAC document, however, notes while the elements of the Boston bombs "use similar components to those described in several issues of ‘Inspire,'" they also diverge from the "Inspire" designs, with different triggers and power sources. A fusing system that used parts from a toy car, say the investigators, does not seem traceable to the magazine.

"Inspire" magazine was launched by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate, in July 2010, and aimed at fomenting jihad among U.S. and other Western Muslims. The publication included messages from radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden, and was edited by U.S.-raised jihadi Samir Khan, a one-time basement blogger in North Carolina who relocated to Yemen. It contained articles on "open source" jihad, urging Westerners to mount "lone wolf" attacks using methods ranging from home-made bombs and forest fires to vehicular homicide.

Khan was killed in the same U.S. strike that killed Awlaki on Sept. 30, 2011.

The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center is an interagency organization located at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va., with a director from the FBI and other officials from the ATF, the Pentagon and the intelligence community.

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1 year ago

NYC Mayor: Boston suspect said NYC was next

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials say the Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in Times Square.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke at a briefing Thursday.

Kelly says the two suspects had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs they wanted to set off.

They said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told Boston investigators from his hospital bed that he and his brother had discussed going to New York to detonate their remaining explosives. They said they decided it spontaneously.

Kelly had said a day earlier that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were targeting New York, but was later briefed by federal officials.

Tsarnaev traveled to New York at least once last fall. There is a photo of the suspect in Times Square.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police.

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1 year ago

Miranda warning, then silence from bombing suspect


BOSTON (AP) - Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped talking after being read his constitutional rights.

Officials briefed on the interrogation say the 19-year-old suspect went silent after a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S. Attorney's office gave him his Miranda warning. The officials insisted on anonymity because the briefing was private.

Before being advised of his rights, Tsarnaev told authorities that his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, recently had recruited him to be part of the attack that detonated pressure-cooker bombs at the marathon finish line, say two U.S. officials.

The CIA, however, had named Tamerlan to a terrorist database 18 months ago, say officials close to the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case with reporters.

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1 year ago

Bomber Made "Outbursts" At Mosque

(WHDH) Officials from a Cambridge mosque where accused Boston bomber attended services say Tamerlan Tsarnaev was asked to leave after outbursts during two services.

The outbursts occurred during sermons that encouraged Muslims to celebrate American holidays including the 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King day.

Witnesses say Tsarnaev called an elder a "hypocrite" for praising Martin Luther King, Jr. before being shouted down by others in attendance.

The mosque says there were no further incidents after that, even as he continued attending prayers and services.

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1 year ago

The probe into the Boston Bombers widens

Federal investigators are in Russia this morning talking to the parents of the accused Boston bombers.

There are several agencies involved and some here on Capitol Hill complain those agencies aren't sharing information.

An interview with the parents of the bombing suspects resumed early this morning in Russia.

Tuesday's meeting was described as friendly. It lasted several hours. The mother was told she can see her son Dzohkar who is now in fair condition at a Boston hospital. "When she became increasingly devout, Tamerlan, the older brother gravitated towards her. And it's a very interesting question about what influence she had over Tamerlan," said NBC News Terrorism Analyst, Roger Cressey.

Investigators also want to talk with the wife of the older bombing suspect. She's with family in Rhode Island. So far, they've only been able to talk with her attorney.

Lawmakers got another classified briefing. "The main question is the FBI's investigation going back to 2011 and why it was not followed up since then," said Rep. Peter King, (R) New York.

"That's what a thorough investigation will produce, answers to all the questions we have about these two individuals, their activities, their travel, their associations, what motivated them," said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney.

"I'm very concerned that there still seems to be serious problems with sharing information," said Senator Susan Collins, (R) Maine.

On Capitol Hill, the secretary of homeland security explained why Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trip to Russia raised no red flags. "The FBI, uh, text alert on him at that point was more than a year old and had expired," said Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.

Today, the focus is back in Boston -- where Vice President and Mrs. Biden attend a memorial for Sean Collier, the 26-year-old M.I.T. officer slain during that city's week of terror.

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1 year ago

Thousands expected at slain MIT officer's service

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Thousands of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students, faculty and staff as well as law enforcement officials from across the nation are expected to attend a memorial service for fallen campus police officer Sean Collier.

MIT officials say they are expecting as many as 10,000 people at Wednesday's service at Briggs Field.

Authorities think the 27-year-old Collier was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last Thursday.

Collier had worked for the MIT police for a little over a year, but already was well-respected by his colleagues and superiors and popular with students. He often went on hikes with the MIT student outing club.

Vice President Joe Biden, as well as MIT President L. Rafael Reif, police chief John DiFava and members of Collier's family are scheduled to speak.

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1 year ago

US team speaking to suspects' parents in Russia


MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) - A team of U.S. investigators is speaking with the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects in southern Russia.

A U.S. Embassy official said the Americans traveled from Moscow to the predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan "because the investigation is ongoing, it's not over."

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Wednesday that the team is working with the Russian security services, the FSB.

The mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhat Tsarnaev is being interviewed Wednesday in the FSB building in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.

The official said one positive development from the Boston tragedy might be closer cooperation with the Russian government on security issues.

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AP writer Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.

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1 year ago

Boston: Moving Forward

(NBC News) The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon attack has told investigators that he and his brother got instructions on building bombs from an online magazine published by al Qaeda, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that the brothers read the instructions in Inspire, an online, English-language magazine that terror monitoring groups say al Qaeda began publishing in 2010.

The magazine has twice included articles on building bombs with kitchen pressure cookers - the method investigators say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, used in the Boston attack.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that he and Tamerlan, who was killed after the shootout with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown, were motivated by religious fervor but were not in touch with overseas terrorists or terror groups, officials said.

Several officials familiar with the interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev described his behavior as cooperative.

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1 year ago

More charges coming against marathon bombing suspect

BOSTON (AP) - He's already been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, in the Boston Marathon bombings -- but more charges are ahead for Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

State prosecutors expect to charge him separately in the killing of an MIT police officer who was shot in his cruiser Thursday night on the school's campus in Cambridge.

Federal prosecutors could also add new charges when he's indicted in the bombing.

Still unable to speak because of wounds, Tsarnaev answered questions in writing yesterday.

U.S. officials say Tsarnaev and his brother appear to have been motivated by their religious views, not any connection to any Muslim terrorist groups.

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1 year ago

Officials: Bomb suspects appear driven by religious views


BOSTON (AP) - The next step in the legal process against the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect is likely to be an indictment, in which federal prosecutors could add new charges to existing ones that could carry the death penalty.

Still unable to speak because of wounds, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev answered questions in writing yesterday and was officially charged in the bombing.

U.S. officials say Tsarnaev and his brother appear to have been motivated by their religious views, not any connection to any Muslim terrorist groups. The officials made the assessment after Tsarnaev was interrogated in his hospital room, where he's being treated for severe wounds allegedly suffered during violent encounters with law enforcement following the Boston Marathon bombings.

He was charged Monday with federal crimes that could bring the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

The brothers, ethnic Chechens from Russia who had been living in the U.S. for about a decade, practiced Islam.

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1 year ago

Candlelight Vigil held for Boston Marathon explosion victims

Americans across the country are remembering the victims of the deadly bombing in Boston Monday.

A moment of silence was held in honor of the victims.

Here on the Central Coast, residents had a candlelight vigil on the steps of Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo.

Dozens of people and 20 faiths showed up for a night of prayer and remembrance.

One of the people in attendance was Erich Gross, who was just five minutes before the finish line when he was stopped.

People of the Faith for Justice Group and SLO Ministerial Association hosted the vigil.

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1 year ago

Kazakhstan ministry: Duo may have known suspects

BOSTON (AP) - Two foreign nationals arrested Saturday on immigration violations are from Kazakhstan and may have known the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, according to a statement released Monday by the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The foreign ministry said U.S. authorities came across the students while searching for "possible links and contacts" to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth student was charged Monday in the attack.

Officials have not disclosed the names of the nationals, who the ministry said were found to have "violated the U.S. visa regime." The country's consul is in Boston to work with the students and their families, the statement said.

The ministry Monday reaffirmed its cooperation with the U.S. on terrorism and emphasized that it "strongly condemns terrorism" in any form.

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1 year ago

Thermal cameras help catch Boston bomber

We've seen lots of pictures from Boston since the marathon bombings, but one led directly to the arrest of one of the suspects -- a picture using the latest in photo-technology.

For Dzhokhar Tsarnaev there was no way out.

"I think the police knew or had a strong suspicion that the individual was in the boat but couldn't visibly see him," said Bill Terre of FLIR.

For police, no way in to the boat where Tsarnaev was hiding, safely at least.

After a shootout the day before with the suspects, police weren't taking any chances.

"Using thermal technology in a helicopter, they were able to image the boat clearly and see right through the plastic and identify the fact that there was a person in the boat," said Terre.

Although obstructions such as the boat tarp can prevent light from passing through, heat waves are detectable.

The technology that was used was built in Goleta by a company called FLIR.

Teams of engineers and designers assemble cameras mountable on just about anything.

"The cameras are useful for securing our boarders, search and rescue clearly is another very common application," said Terre.

It's also used in the battle against maritime smuggling along the California coast.
Terre says knowing that his company helped bring an end to this latest tragedy brings a lot of pride to him and his team.

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Did the FBI miss a chance to thwart the Boston bombing?

(NBC News) The hospitalized Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction - and the White House said he will be tried in a civilian court.

"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

"Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists."

Dzokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chechen origin, made his initial court appearance at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

He was advised of his rights and charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. and one count of malicious destruction of property with an explosive device.

He was assigned three federal public defenders. The charges could carry the death penalty.

The suspect agreed to "voluntary detention," but declined to answer questions about bail, according to a court record. A probable cause hearing was set for May 30.

"Today's charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

"We will hold those who are responsible for these heinous acts accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

A criminal complaint laid out some of the evidence against Tsarnaev, who was arrested Friday after a daylong manhunt, and his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed during a firefight with police.

A black jacket and white hat, matching the ones worn by "Suspect No. 2" in surveillance video, were found in the younger brother's dorm room, along with green strands of fuse like those used in the marathon explosives that killed three and wounded more than 170.

The video also captured the suspect making a cellphone call seconds before the first bomb exploded on the east end of Boylston St. during last Monday's race, and his utter calm in the face of spreading panic, the complaint said. The footage showed him hurrying away from his knapsack just 10 seconds before a blast erupted where he left it.

Tsarnaev was brought to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, leg and hand. He had been communicating with investigators in writing because he couldn't speak, federal officials told NBC News. It's unclear what he told them.

The FBI has not revealed a motive for the attack last Monday that killed three people -- one of whom, Krystle Campbell, was laid to rest in Medford on Monday. Investigators are still probing whether the brothers received assistance from others, officials said.

The feds have asked to speak with Tamerlan's wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, who converted to Islam after she met her future husband at a nightclub. She dropped out of college, got married and had a baby three years ago.Her lawyer, Amato DeLuca, told The Associated Press he was trying to work out the details of an interview.

His client, he said, worked up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tamerlan watched their daughter. He said she didn't have any suspicions he might be plotting something.

He said she last saw her husband at home on Thursday morning, hours before he and his younger brother allegedly executed a campus police officer, pulled off the carjacking, and led police on a wild bomb-tossing chase that ended in a 200-bullet gun battle.

The carjacking victim told police his abductor asked if he'd heard of the marathon bombing and then said "I did that."

The man, who has asked that his identity not be revealed, told NBC News that he managed to escape and called his captors "brutal and cautious."

Boston's top police official said Monday that while there are many unanswered questions, the city can rest easy.

"We're satisfied the two main actors, the people that were committing the damage out there, have been either captured or killed," Police Commissioner Ed Davis said on TODAY.

"There is still an open question as to exactly what happened in this investigation," he said. "We can't say with 100 percent certainty...anything, actually, at this point."

Among the mysteries Tsarnaev could solve is what his brother did when he traveled to Russia last year and who he met.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on "Meet the Press" that trip could be when Tamerlan "got that final radicalization to push him to commit acts of violence and where he may have received training."

FBI, Homeland Security and counterterrorism officials on Tuesday will provide a classified briefing to members of Congress on the Boston Marathon bombings.
Authorities are also trying to figure out where the suspects got their bomb-making supplies and guns. Cambridge Police said neither one had the necessary permits to carry firearms.

Immigration officials have arrested two of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's friends on immigration violations, days after they were detained and questioned by police in New Bedford, Mass.

In another development on Monday, the FBI turned the street where the bombings occurred - Boylston Street -- back over to the city of Boston, which will begin a cleanup and decontamination process before it is reopened to the public. A specific date has not been set.

As part of a handover ceremony, the FBI presented Mayor Thomas Menino with an American flag that flew at half-staff over the Boston Marathon finish line.

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Moment of silence held for marathon victims

BOSTON (AP) - People in Boston and other cities are observing a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings one week after the explosions.

Two bombs exploded at 2:50 p.m. a week ago Monday as runners were crossing the finish line about four hours into the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 200 were injured. Many lost limbs.

At the statehouse in Boston, lawmakers are taking a break to gather outside and remember.

One of the suspected bombers died after a shootout with police and the other has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

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1 year ago

Court: Marathon suspect charged; details sealed

BOSTON (AP) - A court official says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is facing federal charges and has made an initial court appearance in his hospital room.

The charges against 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remain sealed. He is listed in serious but stable condition.

Gary Wente is circuit executive of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He says the suspect made his first appearance before a magistrate judge Monday afternoon in Beth Israel hospital.

Officials say Tsarnaev and his older brother set off the twin explosions at Monday's marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

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1 year ago

White House: Tsarnaev to be tried in federal court

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) will be prosecuted in the federal court system.

Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Carney says that under U.S. law U.S. citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. Carney says that since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.

Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother and suspected co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were born in southern Russia.

1 year ago

Mourners say final goodbyes to marathon victim

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Mourners are lining up outside a church in Medford, Mass., for a funeral for one of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

The line outside St. Joseph Church on Monday for the funeral of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell stretched down the block.

Campbell was one of three people killed near the finish line a week ago. The restaurant manager had gone to watch a friend finish the race.

In addition to the mourners, union members and a local motorcycle club showed up to stop a church group from disrupting the funeral.

Teamsters Local 25 President Sean O'Brien says the union members planned to stand in front of protesters to block them from the Campbell family's view.

Wallie Hawkins says his motorcycle club will rev their bikes to drown out protesters.

1 year ago

Bostonians return to work, school

BOSTON (AP) - Bostonians are back at work and at school for the first time since a dramatic week came to an even more dramatic end on Friday.

Authorities had made the unprecedented request that residents stay home during the manhunt for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. He was found Friday evening hiding in a boat covered by a tarp -- hours after his older brother was killed during a violent getaway attempt.

Traffic has been heavy on major arteries into the city today. Parents are dropping their children off at schools, some for the first time since last Monday's bombings that killed three people.

At a high school just a block from the bombing site, Carlotta Martin said leaving her kids there has been the hardest part of getting back to normal. Her children, 17-year-old twins and a 15-year-old, walked into the building, glancing at the police barricades a few yards from the front door.

Martin said she's "nervous," and added, "Hopefully, this stuff is over." She said she told her daughter to text her so she'll know everything is OK.

On Norfolk Street, where the suspects lived, neighbors say they thought they saw some more detectives this morning. But unlike Friday, the street is open today.

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1 year ago

Father of Boston suspects plans to fly to US


MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) - The father of the two Boston bombing suspects says he will travel from Russia to the United States this week to seek "justice and the truth."

Anzor Tsarnaev told The Associated Press that he has "lots of questions for the police" and he wants "to clear up many things."

In the interview on Sunday he said only that he planned to go in several days, but the suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told journalists on Monday that the father plans to fly to the U.S. on Wednesday.

She said the family would try to bring the body of their elder son back to Russia.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gun battle with police. His 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar was later captured alive but badly wounded.

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1 year ago

Local candlelight vigil being held for Boston bombing victims

The community is invited to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings Monday night.

The community is invited to bring a candle and pray for the victims at a candlelight vigil at the San Luis Obispo Mission steps in Mission Plaza.

It's happening at 7:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the People of Faith for Justice and the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association.

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1 year ago

FBI: We had no contact with suspect after bombing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is disputing a claim by the mother of the suspected Boston bombers, who said the bureau had spoken to the older brother after the bombs exploded at last Monday's marathon.

At FBI headquarters in Washington, spokesman Michael Kortan says the bureau's 2011 interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was the only FBI contact with him.

Kortan is standing by the bureau's public statement from Friday in which the bureau described that interview. That statement says the FBI did not learn of the identities of the bombing suspects, Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokhar (joh-KHAR'), until Friday, the day Tamerlan was killed.

The brothers' parents in Russia have insisted that the FBI continued to monitor Tamerlan after the 2011 interview and say both of their sons were set up.

1 year ago

Mass. to observe moment of silence today

BOSTON (AP) - This afternoon marks one week since two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

There'll be a moment of silence today at 2:50 p.m., the time the first bomb exploded.

Meanwhile, authorities are waiting to question the widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), who was killed Friday while trying to get away from police.

His 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar (joh-KAHR') was shot in the throat and can't speak.

1 year ago

Marathon bombing suspect in custody

Police say the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is alive and in custody.

An ambulance was called to the scene in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Police say he was found in a boat stored in a backyard.

Shots were heard in the area earlier.

1 year ago

Bomb suspect in boat stored in Mass. neighborhood

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - A law enforcement official says the suspect being hunted in the Boston Marathon bombing is in a boat stored in a Watertown, Mass., neighborhood.

The official said he was briefed on the situation and spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The official does not know if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) is dead or alive.

Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.

The burst of activity came at the end of a tense day in and around Boston, and less than an hour after police announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they had come up empty-handed following an all-day search that sent thousands of SWAT team officers into the streets and paralyzed the metropolitan area.

1 year ago

Official: FBI interviewed older suspect in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal law enforcement official says the FBI interviewed the older Boston Marathon bombing suspect at the request of a foreign government in 2011 and that nothing derogatory was found.

The official says the FBI shared its information with the foreign government. The official did not say what country made the request about Tamerlan Tsarnaev or why.

The 26-year-old was killed overnight in a shootout with police outside Boston; his younger brother remains at large.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the case publicly.

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1 year ago

Shots fired in Mass. as police seek bomb suspect

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts State Police spokesman says there is "renewed activity" in connection with the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Emergency and military vehicles are speeding through town. Police tell The Associated Press that shots have been fired.

State police spokesman David Procopio says there is "renewed activity in Watertown related to today's events."

Authorities are looking for 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.

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1 year ago

Gunshots, police activity in Watertown, Mass.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The sound of gunfire has been reported in Watertown, Mass., where authorities have been searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Television footage is showing emergency and military vehicles speeding through town Friday evening.

It wasn't immediately clear whether authorities had found 19-year-old college student Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.

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1 year ago

Gunshots heard in Watertown, Mass.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Gunshots heard in Watertown, Mass.; emergency and military vehicles drive through town.

This comes shortly after a shelter-in-place order was lifted in the Boston area.

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1 year ago

Mass. police: Bombing suspect may not have car

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police say the at-large Boston Marathon bombing suspect fled on foot and may not have a car.

Col. Timothy Alben says police have no indication Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a vehicle.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says mass transit service is resuming in Boston even though Tsarnaev is still on the lam.

Authorities in Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors. The other suspect, his brother, died in a desperate getaway attempt.

The brothers are suspects in Monday's marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.

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1 year ago

Boston remains under lockdown as search for bomber continues

(NBC News) More than 17 hours after a bloody rampage that ended with his accomplice brother dead, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued to elude a massive manhunt that has put the city and surrounding suburbs on total lockdown.

Anxiety was rising as SWAT teams and troops hunted door to door for the fugitive - and for more bombs - with more than a million people told to hunker down behind locked doors.

Tsarnaev, 19, remained on the lam hours after he and brother, Tamerlan, 26, made a desperate effort to flee the city following the FBI's release of their photos Thursday evening.

They killed a campus security officer, carjacked a man, and led police on a wild chase that ended in a firefight, officials said. The older brother, who had a bomb strapped to his body, was killed. The younger one escaped, though he may have been wounded, law enforcement sources said.

The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, called the brothers "losers" and urged Dzhokhar, a naturalized American citizen of Chechen origin, to turn himself in.

"We're ashamed," he thundered outside his Maryland home.

Three dozen FBI agents surrounded the Cambridge, Mass., home where the brothers grew up after moving to the U.S. a decade ago, seeking asylum. They did not say what was found there.

Across the area, as police cars screamed down streets and helicopters hovered overhead, authorities urged the public to stay inside and keep their doors locked to anyone but law-enforcement officers.

"There is a massive manhunt under way," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. "We are asking people to shelter in place."

Subways and buses were shut down, and Amtrak service to Boston was cut. The Red Sox and Boston Bruins' home games were canceled.

Harvard University, Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Emerson University were closed. The University of Massachusetts' Dartmouth campus was evacuated because someone wanted in the case is registered there, the school said on its website.

The lockdown initially affected more than 300,000 people in Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, Brighton, Allston and Belmont. By 8 a.m., the entire city of Boston was paralyzed, although officials later told people who were stuck at work they could drive home.

Watertown, where the second suspect was last seen, was the epicenter of a sprawling search. By 12:30 p.m., police estimated, 60 percent of the homes had been searched. Frightened residents were trapped inside as convoys of heavily armed officers and troops arrived by the hour.

The overnight violence began at MIT about five hours after the FBI released surveillance photos of two "extremely dangerous" men suspected of planting two bombs near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 176.

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1 year ago

Boston: The Big Picture

Intelligence experts in Washington are paying close attention to new details about the brothers suspected in the Boston bombings.

The two reportedly have been in the country for the past decade, most recently living together in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The older, now deceased brother was a competitive boxer who spent six months in Russia last year.

Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino says that trip could be key to linking the two to a radical group.

"Who were their mentors who taught them how to do this?" he asks.

Earlier Friday the FBI blocked off a Maryland neighborhood street and interviewed the suspects' uncle at his home.

"I say, Jahar, if you are alive turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness," Ruslin Tsarni pleaded.

Tsarni expressed shock and accused his nephews of shaming the family.

"I say what I think was behind it, being losers and not being able to settle themselves and hating everyone within," he said of the pair.

At the White House President Obama met with more than a dozen members of his national security team, including the FBI Director.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the country is in "direct confrontation with evil".

"In the past few days we've seen the best and the worst of human behavior, and it's the best all of us want to focus on," Kerry added.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was scheduled to testify about immigration reform on Capitol Hill Friday, but had to cancel to focus on the Boston investigation.

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1 year ago

Red Sox, Bruins postpone games during manhunt

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox and Bruins have postponed their games while authorities search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

No makeup date was announced for the opener of the Red Sox three-game series against the Kansas City Royals scheduled for Friday night at Fenway Park. The Bruins game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden was rescheduled for Saturday.

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1 year ago

FBI takes computer from NJ sister of bomb suspects

WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) - The FBI has removed a computer from the New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Police in West New York say the woman is cooperating in the investigation, but they didn't immediately release her name. They have cordoned off the three-story brick building across the Hudson River from New York City.

The woman, speaking earlier through a crack in the door, told News12 New Jersey and The Star-Ledger she is sorry for the families that lost loved ones.

She says she doesn't know what got into her brothers. At the same time, she says she doesn't know if it's true that her brothers were responsible.

Her brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight in a shootout with police outside Boston. Her younger brother remains at large.

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1 year ago

More information about the Boston bomb suspects

(NBC News) One became an American citizen last year on Sept. 11. The other was a boxer who once said: "I like the USA."

The two known suspects in the attack on the Boston Marathon - one killed, one on the loose - are brothers with a background in the separatist Russian republic of Chechnya, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

The suspect at large early Friday was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, born in Kyrgyzstan, who became a naturalized American citizen on Sept. 11, 2012, according to documents obtained by NBC News. He had a Massachusetts driver's license and was living in the Boston suburb of Cambridge. He was the suspect in the white hat in surveillance photos from the marathon released by the FBI, authorities said.

Authorities were hunting him door-to-door in the Boston suburbs, and more than 1 million people were ordered to stay indoors in a lockdown that paralyzed the region.

His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed overnight after an extraordinary crime spree: The brothers shot and killed a college security officer, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives as police in Watertown, Mass., authorities said.

Authorities were not sure of a motive and cautioned that other people may be involved. NBC News learned that counterterrorism officials were examining possible links between the brothers and the Islamic Jihad Union of central Asia, a terrorist group. Chechnya is predominantly Muslim.

"Somebody radicalized them, but it wasn't my brother," the men's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, told reporters Friday from Montgomery Village, Md. He encouraged his nephew to turn himself in and said the two had brought shame on Chechens. He said that he had encouraged his own family to stay away from that part of the family.

"What I think was behind it: Being losers," he said. "Of course we're ashamed."

The brothers' father, speaking from Russia, told The Associated Press that Dzhokhar was "a true angel" with an interest in medicine. He was registered as a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the school said. He was awarded a $2,500 city scholarship toward college two years ago.

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1 year ago

A glance at the search for Boston bomb suspects

BOSTON (AP) - Key moments related to the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, based on reports from the Middlesex County district attorney, Massachusetts State Police and Boston police.

- At 5:10 p.m. Thursday, investigators of the bombings release photographs and video of two suspects. They ask for the public's help in identifying the men.

- Around 10:20 p.m., shots are fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, just outside Boston.

- At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer who was responding to a disturbance is found shot multiple times in his vehicle, apparently in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. He is later pronounced dead.

- Shortly afterward, two armed men reportedly carjack a Mercedes SUV in Cambridge. A man who was in the vehicle is held for about a half hour and then released unharmed at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

- Police soon pursue the carjacked vehicle in Watertown, just west of Cambridge.

- Some kind of explosive devices are thrown from the vehicle in an apparent attempt to stop police. The carjackers and police exchange gunfire. A transit police officer is seriously injured. One suspect, later identified as Suspect No. 1 in the marathon bombings, is critically injured and later pronounced dead.

- Authorities launch a manhunt for the other suspect.

- Around 1 a.m. Friday, gunshots and explosions are heard in Watertown. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents converge on a Watertown neighborhood. A helicopter circles overhead.

- Around 4:30 a.m., Massachusetts state and Boston police hold a short outdoor news briefing. They tell people living in that section of eastern Watertown to stay in their homes. They identify the carjackers as the same men suspected in the marathon bombings. Overnight, police also release a photograph of a man believed to be Suspect No. 2, apparently taken from store video earlier in the evening at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge. He is wearing a gray hoodie-style sweatshirt.

- Around 5:50 a.m. authorities urge residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit is shut down.

- Around 6:35 a.m., The Associated Press reports that the bomb suspects are from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived in the United States for at least a year.

- Around 6:45 a.m., The Associated Press identifies the surviving Boston bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, who has been living in Cambridge.

- Around 8 a.m., Boston's police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the bombings continues.

- Around 8:40 a.m., a U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects confirm that the name of the slain suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother.

- Around 10:20 a.m., Connecticut State Police say a gray Honda CRV believed to be linked to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been recovered in Boston.

- Around 10:35 a.m., the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth says it closed its campus and ordered an evacuation after confirming that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is registered there. The school says it closed the campus "out of an abundance of caution" as the search continued.

- Around 11:30 a.m., Massachusetts State Police explain that the brothers suspected in the bombings were in the Honda CRV when they carjacked the Mercedes SUV. For a while, each drove one of the two vehicles, but then ditched the Honda and reunited in the Mercedes.

- Around 12:35 a.m., state police in Watertown say officers are searching door-to-door but still have not found the bombing suspect.

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1 year ago

Uncle of Boston bombing suspects speaks out

(NBC News) Boston and its suburbs, universities and transit system were on total lockdown Friday as police hunted door to door for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- on the loose after his accomplice brother was killed in a stunning chain of events that left one cop dead and another injured, officials said.

During a desperate effort to flee after their photos were released by the FBI, the brothers carjacked a Mercedes SUV and told the driver they were the men behind Monday's double-blast attack at the race and had just killed a campus security officer, a source told NBC News. The driver was released unhurt.

The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed after a wild chase and firefight, but Dzhokhar was still at large in a densely populated area, and an associate was being sought. Adding to the nightmare, an explosive was found in Boston Friday morning and disabled, an official said.

The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, called them "losers" and urged Dzhokhar to turn himself in. "We're ashamed," he thundered outside his Maryland home.

"We're ashamed," he thundered outside his Maryland home.

Three dozen FBI agents were surrounding the Cambridge, Mass., home where the brothers grew up after moving to the U.S. a decade ago, seeking asylum. They feared it could be booby-trapped and planned to conduct a controlled explosion before a full search, state police said.

Across the area, as police cars screamed down streets and helicopters hovered overhead, authorities urged the public to stay inside and keep their doors locked to anyone but law-enforcement officers.

"There is a massive manhunt under way," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. "We are asking people to shelter in place."

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1 year ago

Police go door-to-door in search for Boston bomber

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - State police say officers are going door-to-door, but the Boston Marathon suspect is still on the loose.

Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police said Friday afternoon that officers would go street to street as the manhunt for the bombing suspect continues. Gov. Deval Patrick urged residents to continue staying indoors.

A pair of brothers is suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint.

The suspects' clashes with police began hours after the FBI released photos and videos of them. Monday's bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.

Twenty-six-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar is on the loose.

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1 year ago

Chief: Slain MIT officer was dedicated, well liked


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer said to have been shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

The Middlesex district attorney's office says Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

MIT Police Chief John DiFava says Collier was a dedicated officer who was liked by his colleagues and the MIT community.

Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle in Cambridge at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Authorities say he was shot by the two suspects in Monday's marathon bombings.

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1 year ago

Uncle of bomb suspects confirms 2nd suspect's name

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are confirming that the name of the second suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight.

Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, confirmed the bomb suspects were brothers. One of the officials and the men's uncle confirmed the identity of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., told The Associated Press that the men lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade. They traveled here together from the Russian region near Chechnya.

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Cops: Boston must stay in place amid terror hunt


WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Boston's police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continues.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis made the announcement Friday morning, after a long night of violence that left the other suspect dead.

The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (JOE-khar Tsahr-NEYE-ev), 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

The two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus in Cambridge late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.

The suspects' clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as they mingled among revelers at Monday's Boston Marathon. The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed the images to enlist the public's help finding the suspects.

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Boston suburbs on lockdown amid terror search


WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police are locking down some neighborhoods in Boston and its western suburbs as they search for the remaining suspect in the marathon bombings.

Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.

The announcement Friday morning comes hours after the killing one suspect, known as the man in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage. The man in the white hat is on the loose and police are calling him a "terrorist" who came here "to kill."

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Police: MIT suspect tied to Boston marathon bomb

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another.

Residents of the Boston suburb of Watertown have been advised to keep their doors locked and not let anyone in.

The Middlesex district attorney says the two men are suspected of killing an MIT police officer at the college late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding them.

Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown. The suspects and police exchanged gunfire and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died.

Police say the suspect on loose is a "terrorist" who "came here to kill people.

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Local runner shares his story of the Boston Marathon

We're hearing lots of stories from Central Coast runners who were in Boston for the marathon.

Erich Gross was there for the race, but didn't finish before the two bombs exploded.

Gross says when the bombs went off he was just around the corner from the finish line.

His first thought was that he heard fireworks. When he found out it was a bomb, he immediately thought of his son who was waiting for him to finish the race.

Gross told KSBY, "This the most peaceful thing that you can have you run against time you run with people from all nations and it takes a very deranged mind to do this what they did one person, two person I don't know."

Gross runs marathons to raise money for the Special Olympics. So far, he's raised about $7,000.

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1 year ago

Obama honors bombing victims in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared "there is a piece of Boston in me" as he paid tribute to a city shaken by what he has called an act of terror. He said: "Every one of us stands with you."

Obama addressed an interfaith service in the aftermath of Monday's twin blasts that killed three and injured more 170 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Obama said a day of beauty was shattered when a celebration became a tragedy.

He said Boston gathered Tuesday, quote, "to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted."

He declared: "You will run again!"

Of the perpetrator, he said: "We will find you."

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1 year ago

Boston court evacuated amid marathon bomb probe

BOSTON (AP) - A federal courthouse in Boston has been evacuated amid conflicting reports that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is in custody.

Attorney Francis DiMento says he was in a hearing when someone came over the loudspeaker and announced a "code red" and told everyone to get out in a hurry.

Crowds of reporters are gathered outside. The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston say no arrests have been made.

The courthouse has a day care attached and at least one crib was wheeled out.

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Federal officials deny that Boston Marathon bombing suspect is in custody

BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday a suspect was in custody.

But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston dispute that.

The official who spoke to The Associated Press did so on condition of anonymity and stood by the information even after it was disputed.

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation. The official had said the suspect was expected in federal court in Boston.

Reporters and police have converged at the courthouse.

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Law enforcement official: Boston Marathon bomb suspect in custody, expected in federal court

BOSTON (AP) - A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says a suspect has been taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday. The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation.

The official says the suspect is expected in federal court in Boston.

Law enforcement agencies had earlier pleaded for the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday.

Investigators circulated information about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel. But the FBI said nobody had claimed responsibility.

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Grad Student from China Among Boston Victims

(WHDH) Students at Boston University are mourning the loss of one of their own.

The school confirms a graduate student was the third person killed in the marathon bombing.

She was at the race with two fellow students. One of the students, also a grad student at the university, was injured and is at Boston Medical Center in stable condition.

The Chinese consulate has confirmed the young victim was a Chinese national.

Friends are desperately hoping for answers.

"Everybody is talking about her and couldn't find her in the hospital and any place in campus, as an Asian student as an international student I could not imagine her parents could stand this, that's it, I'm so sad, it's truly sad news," said one fellow student.

The two other victims who died have been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Medford.

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A Time To Mourn: Boston residents comfort each other in the wake of the Marathon attack

As police begin the second full day of investigation into the terror attack at the Boston Marathon, people in that city and around the world are remembering the victims.

Throughout the Boston area, an outpouring of sympathy and support for victims, as investigators vow to get justice for them and this city.

In Dorchester, Massachusetts Tuesday night, there was prayer and candlelight.

A show of support for an eight year old boy, Martin Richard, who died watching his dad run the Boston marathon.

His mother and sister are still recovering in local hospitals.

The boy's death is shaking this tight-knit community to its core. "It's just a terrible thing. Unbelievable, it just makes you sick and angry at the same time," said neighbor Austin Habersham.

Not far away, hundreds gathered on Boston Common, trying to make sense of the senseless, together, and honored the memories of the victims

Among them, 29-year old Krystle Campbell whose mother remembered her in front of their Medford home. "She had a heart of gold, always smiling. Couldn't ask for a better daughter," said Patty Campbell, Victim's Mother.

The third person who died in Monday's attack was a Boston University graduate student from China.

Investigators continue processing a 12-block crime scene - what one official called the most complex Boston police have ever seen.

The FBI displayed the first pictures of the devices used in Monday's attack.

Pressure cookers packed with gunpowder, nails and ball bearings likely carried in black nylon bags.

Leaders are urging the public to come forward with pictures, videos, and tips. "Whoever did this is a family member, brother sister; we're asking the public to call us; Someone knows who did this" Richard DesLauriers of the FBI.

The investigation is moving on as more than 70 recover in local hospitals from physical wounds, and a city and nation recovers from its emotional scars.

Chris Pollone, NBC News

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Trauma doctor: Most Boston blast injuries to legs


BOSTON (AP) - The trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center says most of the injuries his hospital treated after the marathon bombings were to the lower extremities.

Dr. Peter Burke says the hospital treated 23 people following the blasts, and 19 remained there on Wednesday morning. He says two patients, including a 5-year-old child, remain critical, but says all the patients are making progress and are expected to survive.

Dozens of others have been released from hospitals around Boston.

Massachusetts General Hospital says all but 12 of the 31 people sent there have been released. Eight are critical.

Beth Israel still has 13 of the 24 people sent there. Boston Children's has three remaining of its original 10 patients; and Tufts Medical Center has released half of its 14 bombing patients.

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Investigators say pressure cookers packed with shrapnel were used in the Boston attack

There was an awkward, ominous silence in the center of Boston Tuesday as military vehicles took the place of thousands who had packed the marathon route one day before.

One day after two bomb blasts killed three people and injured more than 170 others, Boston is on high alert.

"Everyone should expect continued heightened police presence and everyone should be vigilant," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Investigators have uncovered new information about the blasts.

The bombs were crafted out of pressure cookers rigged with explosives and packed with shrapnel, then stuffed into backpacks or duffel bags.

"The other objects are small head carpenter type nails that approximately half an inch in length and small diameter," said Dr. Ron Walls, who treated patients at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Victims described the effects.

"I look at my wife and I see she was hit with something and shrapnel had hit her leg and she was bleeding," said Nicholas Yanie.

The attack is now officially characterized as an act of terrorism.

"Our mission is clear, bring to justice those responsible for the marathon bombing," said the FBI's Richard DesLauriers.

Justice for more than 170 injured and and at least three killed, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, whose mom and sister suffered serious injuries in the attack.

There is a prayer vigil for the Martin family Tuesday night at a local church and tomorrow the city will host an interfaith service to honor and remember all of the victims in the attack.

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Off duty Army soldiers rush to help victims of Boston blasts

(WHDH) Soldiers who had recently returned from battle overseas weren't far from the blast near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The soldiers said they were about 50 yards away. While everyone else was in shock, many running away, they ran in to help.

When the explosions went off, training took over for the soldiers.

"Two bombs went off. We helped...we were picking them up, putting pressure on wounds. A lot of people were hurt and we just ran as fast as we could down here to give blood," said Jeff Curtis, a soldier.

The soldiers said they expected things like this overseas, but not in Boston.

After already serving their country, the two soldiers ran to Mass General Hospital to give blood to protect those who no longer could protect themselves.
"We ran from the finish line down here just to give blood," said Curtis.

A doctor at MGH said there is not a blood shortage, but people who want to donate -- especially in the coming days -- are encouraged to do so.

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Mass. gov: No unexploded bombs at Boston Marathon


BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says no unexploded bombs were found at the Boston Marathon. He says the only explosives were the ones that went off Monday.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 150 injured by two explosions just seconds apart near the finish line.

Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers says at a news conference there are no known additional threats.

Police commissioner Ed Davis says it is the most complex crime scene in history of the department.

Authorities are looking for amateur video and photographic evidence that can give clues to who set off the bombs.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says "what occurred in Boston was an act of cowardice."

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Boston police: At least 3 die in marathon blasts

BOSTON (AP) - Police say at least three people have been killed in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details.

The explosions Monday also injured more than 130 people, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet.

Some of the victims lost arms and legs. Other injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.

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Local runners tell their story from the Boston Marathon

Many people along the Central Coast are calling loved ones back East tonight after explosions rattled the Boston Marathon.

We had a chance to speak with a few local runners over the phone to hear more about what happened at Monday's race.

"My first thought was honestly I kind of flashed back to 9-11, because it sounded like something big had happened," said Julie Taylor.

The explosions happened less than a half-hour after Taylor, who lives in San Luis Obispo, crossed the finish line of her first Boston Marathon.

"I had just met with my parents for a little while, got settled down, ate a little bit and we started walking away and right when we started walking away, we heard the two explosions," said Taylor.

Luckily, Taylor and her family were more than a block away.

That's when she says everyone around her began to think their worst thoughts had come true.

"You could tell," said Taylor. "I mean, it wasn't dead silent but people were looking around and nobody really wanted to think what we thought it was."

John Gentry, originally from Lompoc was also there to complete a goal he set for himself just over one year ago.

"I wanted to do something that a lot of people can't do," said Gentry.

After doing just that in just under three hours and 45 minutes, a personal best, gentry made a decision to head back to his hotel early.

"I was going to stick around and watch the rest of the finishers but something told me just go back to the motel," said Gentry.

Minutes later, smoke, panic, and screams.

"I got on the train and everybody's cell phones were blowing up, people were shouting there's been an explosion and it was just chaos," said Gentry.

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Google launches person finder for Boston Marathon

Google launches a person finder for the Boston Marathon explosions.

You can enter the name of someone you're looking for, or someone you have information on.

The site is currently tracking nearly two-thousand records.

To find people, click here.

1 year ago

List of 56 Central Coast runners registered to run 2013 Boston Marathon

The following is a list of 56 runners from the California Central Coast registered to run the 2013 Boston Marathon:

Arroyo Grande: Randy Cork

Atascadero:Dave Fleishman, Micaela Pepple, Jim Willis

Lompoc: Theron Berry, Karl Seelandt, Wendy Toro

Pismo Beach: Kathryn Arceneaux

San Luis Obispo: Annie Aguiniga, Mondo Espinoza, Noah Falck, Elizabeth Gill, Geoffrey Land, Patrick Lemieux, Patty Miller, Kerry Morris, Abraham Sheppard, Julie Taylor

Santa Barbara (35): Kristiana Almeida, Kristen Battles, Robert Beamer, Brendan Browne, Gary Clancy, Tyler Clemens, Michael Desmond, Jessica Douglas, Kate Elliott, Timothy Ernst, Tim Hale, Stephen Harding, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Howell, Nancy Kaplan, Debbie Kovanda, Steve Kulchin, Brett Larsen, Michael Lohse, Joseph Macphee, Laurel Mehler, Jennifer Miller, Deanna Odell, Craig Prater, Thomas Prendiville, Ethan Reece, Elliott Reese, Sandy Robert, Adam Roeder, Heather Royer, Johnny Stein, Bill Strong, Katherine Vining, John Voorhis, Mark Warren

Santa Maria: Erich Gross

Santa Margarita: Benjamin Walker

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Boston police: 3rd explosion at library

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say there's been a third explosion in the city, following two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed two people and injured many others.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren't certain that the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they're treating them as if they are.

David says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion.

He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.

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Police: 2 dead, 23 hurt in Boston Marathon blasts

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

1 year ago

Two explosions at Boston marathon finish line

BOSTON (AP) - Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries.

Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

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