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Jul 29, 2014

Rare tornado slams Boston area, knocks out power

BOSTON (Reuters) – Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was raked by a rare tornado that knocked out power and damaged homes and buildings.

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston, Massachusetts, and many of its northern suburbs on Monday.

Jul 28, 2014

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

BOSTON (Reuters) – Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of major injuries or fatalities from the storm.

Jul 24, 2014
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Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

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(Father Isaac Keeley talks about the new facility where he and his fellow Trappist Monks brew Trappist Ale at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

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.

Jul 21, 2014

Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of obstructing justice

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.

Jul 18, 2014

University of Connecticut in $1.3 million settlement deal on sex assault lawsuit

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.

Jul 16, 2014

Prosecutors say friend wanted to help accused Boston bomber

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.

Jul 16, 2014

Closing arguments set in trial of accused Boston bomber’s friend

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.

Jul 15, 2014

Judge finds accused Boston bomber friend’s words to FBI voluntary

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.

Jul 8, 2014

Agent who interrogated accused Boston bomber’s friend due to testify

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.

Jul 7, 2014

Obstruction trial opens for friend of accused Boston bomber

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.

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