, July 24 (Reuters) – Tucked off a two-lane
highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a
group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old
tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world
of rapidly rising health costs.
The 60 monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey still rise at 3 a.m. for
prayers and pass most of their days in silence. But when it is
time for work, a handful head down to the monastery’s new
brewery, the first outside Europe to produce certified Trappist
BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect’s dorm room.
The friend, Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov, was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for going to suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room three days after the April 15, 2013 attack and removing a backpack containing empty fireworks shells.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The University of Connecticut on Friday said it had reached a $1.3 million deal to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by five current and former students charging that the school had mishandled claims of sexual assault and harassment.
The five women who brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut said university officials had not seriously investigated claims that they had been sexually assaulted on campus.
BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors argued that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wanted to help Tsarnaev when he took evidence from his dorm room, while a defense attorney described him as a college kid who did not understand what he was doing.
Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov is the first of three friends of Tsarnaev charged with going to his room three days after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 and removing a laptop computer and backpack containing empty fireworks shells.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The trial of the first of three friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber who prosecutors say removed items from the suspect’s dorm room as police were conducting a manhunt is set to wrap up with closing arguments on Wednesday.
U.S. prosecutors contend that Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov, accompanied by two friends, went to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 and removed a laptop computer and backpack containing empty fireworks shells.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect did not speak involuntarily when telling FBI agents about the removal of a laptop and backpack from the suspect’s room and his statements are admissible as evidence, a U.S. judge said on Tuesday.
Lawyers for Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov had argued against admission of the comments he made during an hours-long interview that began when more than 50 heavily armed agents raided his apartment four days after the deadly blasts and continued into the next morning. Tazhayakov’s attorneys said he did not feel free to leave during the interrogation.
BOSTON (Reuters) – An FBI agent who interrogated a college friend of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber three days after the deadly blasts is due back on the witness stand on Tuesday in the man’s trial on obstruction charges.
The agent, Sara Wood, was part of a team of law officers who surrounded the Massachusetts apartment shared by Azamat Tazhayakov and a fellow Kazakh exchange student, ordered the pair out and questioned them into the pre-dawn hours of the next day about their friend and accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber goes on trial on Monday charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
Azamat Tazhayakov, a 20-year-old Kazakh exchange student, will be the first of three friends of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Four days after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, dozens of heavily armed federal agents surrounded the home of two friends of the suspected bomber, ordered them out and took the men in handcuffs to a police station for hours of interrogation.
Whether what the suspects said is admissible in court is a question that will loom large next week at the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, charged with obstructing the probe into the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A judge told prosecutors on Wednesday that they may not mention that the accused Boston Marathon bomber is a naturalized citizen as a factor in determining whether he should be executed if convicted of the deadly attack.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the surviving member of a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who immigrated to the United States about a decade ago whom federal prosecutors contend killed three people and injured more than 260 in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Tsarnaev’s 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police three days after the April 15, 2013 bombing.