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Apr 8, 2015

Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev found guilty of all charges

BOSTON (Reuters) – Dzokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on Wednesday of killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and of fatally shooting a police officer four days later.

Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted of all 30 counts against him, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. The same U.S. District Court jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Apr 8, 2015

Boston bombing jury reaches verdict in Tsarnaev trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors.

The verdict was not immediately disclosed but was expected to be read out in U.S. District Court in Boston later on Wednesday.

Apr 8, 2015

Critics of Iran nuclear deal ‘disingenuous,’ CIA’s Brennan says

By Scott Malone

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Opponents of Iran’s initial agreement to curb its nuclear program are being “disingenuous” when they say the deal could still allow the Middle Eastern state to build nuclear weapons, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.

The initial accord reached last week between Iran and major world powers – which would lift crippling economic sanctions in exchange for Iran’s agreement to step back from developing nuclear weapons – is likely the most realistic deal that could be reached, CIA Director John Brennan told an audience of students and faculty at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

Apr 7, 2015

Accused Boston bomber followed brother’s lead, defense argues

BOSTON (Reuters) – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev followed his older brother’s lead in carrying out the 2013 bombing that killed three people, rather than acting on his own motivation, one of his attorneys argued on Monday.

Tsarnaev, 21, could be sentenced to death if a jury finds him guilty of carrying out the April 15, 2013, attack and fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, tried to flee the city.

Apr 6, 2015

Accused Boston bomber ‘wanted to punish America’ – prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “wanted to punish America” when he killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the 2013 race, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.

In closing arguments before a jury decides whether Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty of the April 25 bombing and of fatally shooting a police officer three days later, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty described the attack as deliberate and extremist.

Apr 6, 2015

Boston bombing jury to hear closing arguments, begin guilt deliberations

BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors who say he killed four people are due to make their closing statements on Monday before a jury begins deliberations on whether he is guilty of the attack in 2013.

But a month after defense lawyers bluntly admitted the 21-year-old’s role in the bombing and the four chaotic days that followed it, each side’s focus will be less on guilt than on the question of whether Tsarnaev will die for his crimes.

Mar 31, 2015

Accused Boston bomber’s brother researched fireworks, guns: expert

BOSTON (Reuters) – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, researched radio transmitters, fireworks and gun stores in the weeks leading up to the 2013 attack that killed three people, a computer expert testified on Tuesday.

A laptop owned by the younger Tsarnaev, who could be sentenced to death if he is convicted of carrying out the attack, showed no such searches over that time period, with its user mostly surfing social-media sites including Facebook.

Mar 31, 2015

Boston bombing jury hears of grisly deaths, defense calls first witness

BOSTON (Reuters) – The two youngest people killed by the Boston Marathon bombing were torn apart by one of the blasts that ripped through the crowd at the finish line, medical examiners testified on Monday as prosecutors wound up their case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and defense attorneys began calling witnesses.

Tsarnaev faces death or life in prison if convicted. It is not clear if Tsarnaev will testify in his own defense.

Mar 30, 2015

Boston bombing jury sees gory photos of blast victims

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard graphic testimony and saw autopsy photos of the second of the three people killed in the April 15, 2013 attack.

Shrapnel from one of the homemade pressure cooker bombs set off by a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers punched through Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu’s legs, causing the 23-year old to bleed to death within minutes, Boston medical examiner Katherine Lindstrom testified on Monday.

Mar 28, 2015

Boston police officer shot during traffic stop expected to recover

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop in an incident that set off a twilight gunfight in the city is expected to recover, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday.

The officer, six-year department veteran John Moynihan, was shot just below the eye on Friday night by a 41-year-old man identified as Angelo West. Fellow officers returned fire and West, who had a criminal record including prior gun charges, died of wounds at the scene.

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