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May 27, 2015

U.S. seeks seven years in prison for friend of Boston bomber

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to sentence a friend of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber to seven years in prison for obstructing the investigation into the deadly 2013 attack.

Kazakhstan national Dias Kadyrbayev is one of three friends of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev due to be sentenced next week for interfering with the investigation into the bombing that killed three people and injured 264.

May 21, 2015

Ex-NFL star Hernandez pleads not guilty to witness intimidation charge

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted murderer and former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he shot a man prosecutors believe witnessed a 2012 double homicide of which Hernandez is also accused.

Hernandez, 25, was sentenced last month to life in prison for the June 2013 murder of an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in a North Attleborough, Massachusetts, industrial park not far from the former New England Patriots tight end’s home.

May 19, 2015

Pharmacy in 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak to pay victims $200 million

BOSTON (Reuters) – The now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy behind a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people will pay out $200 million to its victims and creditors under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved on Tuesday.

The New England Compounding Center also sickened about 750 people across the United States three years ago by shipping steroids typically used to treat back pain despite being aware that the drugs were contaminated with fungal meningitis, according to federal prosecutors.

May 18, 2015

Backers of Boston’s Olympics bid defend controversial proposal

BOSTON (Reuters) – Backers of Boston’s embattled bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Monday defended the proposal against criticism that it will saddle the city with debt, saying new international guidelines will help lower costs.

The U.S. Olympic Committee in January passed up bigger cities including Los Angeles and Washington to pick Boston as the nation’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games but its choice immediately came under fire by city residents and elected officials who worried taxpayers would be left to foot much of the proposed $9.5 billion cost of the event.

May 16, 2015

Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others in the crowds at the race’s finish line.

After deliberating for 15 hours, the federal jury chose death by lethal injection for Tsarnaev, 21, over its only other option: life in prison without possibility of release.

May 15, 2015

Boston bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Friday sentenced Boston
Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for helping to carry
out the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264 at
the world-renowned race, taking 15 hours to reach a decision.

The federal jury chose death by lethal injection for
Tsarnaev, 21, over its only other option: life in prison without
possibility of release.

May 15, 2015

Jury reaches sentencing verdict for Boston Marathon bomber: prosecutors

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Friday reached a verdict on whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of the attack, should be sentenced to death or to life in prison, court officials said.

The decision, reached during the jury’s third day of deliberations, will be read out in court later on Friday.

May 15, 2015

Philadelphia residents ready spare rooms, couches for papal pilgrims

, (Reuters) – The 1.5 million people expected to pack into Philadelphia this fall for Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States will fill the city’s hotels, motels and Patricia Hughey’s spare rooms.

Hughey and her husband are among the more than 1,000 Philadelphia-area households who have signed up to host visitors attending a September summit on families organized by the Roman Catholic church, which will come at the start of the week of Francis’ visit to the United States.

May 13, 2015

Life on the line as Boston bombing jury weighs Tsarnaev’s fate

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday began deliberating whether to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death or to life in prison for the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264.

Federal prosecutors wrapped up their case by arguing that the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen was a terrorist who wanted to punish America in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

May 13, 2015

Jury to take up Boston bomber’s fate after lawyers’ final statements

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors and lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomber are set to make their final arguments on Wednesday on whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without possibility of release for the 2013 attack.

Following closing statements, the same jury that last month found the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001 will begin deliberations on Tsarnaev’s fate.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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