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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.

Mar 16, 2015

Police recall chaotic gunfight with accused Boston bombers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two police officers on Monday recalled a night of chaos as they battled with the accused Boston Marathon bombers in Watertown, Massachusetts, four days after the attack that killed three people and injured 264.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is on trial for his role in the attack, and his older brother Tamerlan, fired a gun at three police officers and hurled bombs at them, including one that was similar to the devices used in the April 15, 2013 attack, police officers testified on Monday.

Mar 16, 2015

Boston bombing jury visits boat where suspect had hidden

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial began their day Monday by visiting the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had hidden from authorities at the end of a massive manhunt four days after the deadly attack.

The boat, held at an undisclosed location and viewed by two pool reporters from the Associated Press and WBUR radio, bore at least 110 bullet holes on all sides from the immense volley of gunfire that had surrounded Tsarnaev’s arrest.

Mar 15, 2015

Tsarnaev testimony key question at Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – A question looms over the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as federal prosecutors enter the final stages of their case against him: Will he testify in his own defense?

Tsarnaev’s lawyers opened the trial this month with a blunt admission, saying he helped his older brother carry out the twin bombings that killed three people and injured 264 near the renowned race’s finish line on April 15, 2013.

Mar 12, 2015

Man tells jury of carjacking by accused Boston Marathon bomber

BOSTON (Reuters) – A man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers shortly after prosecutors say they shot and killed a policeman on Thursday recalled the moment that one of the brothers jumped into his Mercedes and told him he was one of the bombers.

Dun Meng testified that he had gone for a drive to relax after a long day at work on April 18, 2013, and had pulled over to check his phone when Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on his window, stepped into his car and pulled a gun.

Mar 9, 2015

‘You’re on fire': witness recalls aftermath of Boston blast

BOSTON (Reuters) – Moments after being blasted into the air “like a rocket” in the Boston Marathon bombing, nurse Jessica Kensky saw that her husband’s leg had been blown off and leaped into action, struggling to put a tourniquet on him, she testified on Monday.

Running on adrenaline, she did not realize the blast from one of the two homemade pressure-cooker bombs had set her back on fire, Kensky told jurors in the third day of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal trial in Boston.

Mar 6, 2015

Accused Boston bomber’s lawyers gamble with guilt admission -experts

BOSTON (Reuters) – When they admitted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s
role in the Boston Marathon bombing, his lawyers acknowledged
that he will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind
bars. But the admission may help spare him a death sentence,
legal experts said.

Tsarnaev’s defense team opened his trial this week by
bluntly admitting that the 21-year-old defendant and his older
brother planted the twin bombs that killed three people and
injured 264 on April 15, 2013, and three days later fatally shot
a police officer as they tried to flee the city.

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