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Mar 28, 2015

Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013.

One of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that “it was him” who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack.

Mar 26, 2015

Boston bombing jury hears details of explosives used in attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – The bombs that tore through the crowd at the Boston Marathon in a deadly 2013 attack were powered by flash powder used in fireworks, an FBI chemist said on Thursday as prosecutors move toward the end of their case.

Federal Bureau of Investigation chemistry specialist David McCollam testified in the 14th day of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial on charges of killing three people and injuring 264 people with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race’s finish line on April 15, 2013.

Mar 25, 2015

Boston bombing jury sees fuse, debris from suspect’s apartment

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing jury on Wednesday saw evidence, including a fuse and a piece from a pressure-cooker lid, seized at the apartment where accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his other brother lived.

An FBI special agent described sorting through a debris-filled room that was “like a construction site” during a search of the Tsarnaevs’ cramped three-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, four days after the deadly 2013 bombing.

Mar 24, 2015

Friend of accused Boston bombers pleads guilty to lying to investigators

BOSTON (Reuters) – A citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack.

The man, cabdriver Khairullozhon Matanov, approached police four days after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264 to say that he knew accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, but played down how well he knew the pair.

Mar 24, 2015

Backers of Boston Olympics call for statewide referendum on bid

BOSTON, March 24 (Reuters) – The backers of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games called on Tuesday for a statewide referendum in 2016 on whether the bid should go forward, adding that they would abandon the attempt without majority support statewide and in Boston.

The proposal, made by John Fish, a construction executive serving as chairman of the Boston 2024 Partnership, came in the wake of a poll last week that found most residents of the greater Boston area oppose hosting the Summer Games.

Mar 24, 2015

Robot racing sparks scientific enthusiasm in U.S. students

, March 24 (Reuters) – A hefty robot
designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival
that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month
along with more than a dozen other entrants in the debut Vecna
Robot Sprint Challenge outside Boston.

The robots, designed by student teams at the Worcester
Polytechnic Institute, will be racing a lineup ranging from
commercial available machines weighing hundreds of pounds to
remote control cars jerry-rigged by teenage hobbyists.

Mar 19, 2015

Remains of pressure-cooker bomb shown at Boston Marathon trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial jury on Thursday saw the remains of a pressure-cooker bomb that prosecutors say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hurled at police during a gunfight four days after the bombing, a device an FBI agent described as similar to the twin bombs set off at the race.

The bomb was extracted from a Honda Civic in which it embedded itself on a Watertown, Massachusetts street after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, detonated it during the gunfight.

Mar 18, 2015

Boston 2024 Olympics could see $5 billion economic boost: study

BOSTON (Reuters) – A 2024 Olympic Games in Boston could be an economic boost for the city and eastern Massachusetts, bringing $5 billion in new spending to the region over about seven years, a University of Massachusetts analysis of the bid revealed on Wednesday.

The Summer Games would see about $2.1 billion in new construction spending in the state over the six years before the event, $2.9 billion in money related to its operations and $300 million in tourism revenue during the Games, according to the university’s Donahue Institute research center.

Mar 17, 2015

Boston bombing jury hears from owner of boat where suspect hid

BOSTON (Reuters) – The owner of the boat where the accused Boston Marathon bomber hid after a gunfight with police on Tuesday recalled stepping into his backyard after a day-long lockdown was lifted and finding a body in the watercraft parked in his backyard.

David Henneberry described waking up the morning after defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother are accused of battling with police and noticing something wrong about the winter covering of his boat, but presuming it had been blown around by the wind.

Mar 17, 2015

Witnesses recall accused Boston bomber’s fight with police, arrest

BOSTON (Reuters) – The accused Boston Marathon bombers tossed bombs and fired a pistol at police in their final hours on the run before a dazed and wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in a drydocked boat and arrested, witnesses testified on Monday.

Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and wounding 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and of fatally shooting a police officer three nights later, setting off a fierce gunfight with police and daylong manhunt through the suburb of Watertown.

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