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Mar 4, 2015

Blasts, smoke and blood: Scenes of horror recalled at Boston trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Clouds of smoke, improvised tourniquets and screams of pain were evoked in the first day of the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday as people who survived the deadly attack recalled one of the darkest days in the New England city’s memory.

One survivor testified about being hurled through the air by the blasts that killed three people and injured 264 on April 15, 2013. A store manager recalled tying an improvised tourniquet on a wounded woman. And the mother of a 5-year-old boy recalled seeing bones sticking out of her arm.

Mar 4, 2015

Boston set to remember bloody week as bombing trial opens

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston will relive some of its worst memories on Wednesday when federal prosecutors begin laying out their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs that ripped through the crowd at the race’s finish line on April 15, 2013. He could be sentenced to death if convicted of charges that also include fatally shooting a police officer.

Mar 3, 2015

Final stage of jury selection set for Boston bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The long-running process of choosing a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to wrap up on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers for both sides selecting the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates.

That jury will determine if Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later.

Mar 2, 2015

Accused Boston bomber’s lawyers seek to discuss brother early in trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing
suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors sparred on
Monday over how much evidence related to his motive and his
brother’s role in the attack can be presented in the opening
weeks of his trial.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of a death sentence if
convicted of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April
15, 2013, attack, and fatally shooting a police officer three
days later.

Mar 2, 2015

Accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court as trial nears

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Monday for a hearing in which defense lawyers and federal prosecutors will tussle over a few remaining logistical matters before opening statements later this week.

A final flurry of motions was filed under seal on Friday, offering little clarity on what lawyers will debate Monday.

Mar 1, 2015

Life and death at the heart of Boston bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – From the moment U.S. prosecutors stand up on Wednesday and begin their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, their minds and those of their defense counterparts will be focused on just one thing: The death penalty.

Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs left at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. high court ruling good for accused Boston bomber’s friend: lawyer

BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber convicted of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts may be exonerated due to a Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case, one of his attorneys said on Wednesday.

A U.S. jury in July found Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov guilty of obstruction of justice for removing a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth three days after the April 15, 2013, attack.

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. Congress should allow force, not war against Islamic State: Rubio

By Scott Malone

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, on Tuesday said Congress should deal with Islamic State militants by authorizing use of military force that is not limited in duration or geography but stop short of making a declaration of war.

Speaking to voters in New Hampshire, which will hold the United States’ first 2016 presidential nominating primary, the Florida Republican said that placing too tight a rein on the authorization of force would be a mistake.

Feb 19, 2015

Accused bomber’s lawyers say cannot get fair trial in Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Thursday asked a U.S. appellate panel to override a federal judge and order his trial moved out of the city, saying an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack.

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole has three times rejected pleas by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers to move the trial out of the city where the bombing killed three people and injured 264.

Feb 13, 2015

Liberals work to lure Elizabeth Warren into White House race

By Scott Malone

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – The scene in the New Hampshire office is one common to any nascent U.S. presidential campaign in the state that holds the country’s first primary contest: Young staffers peck away at laptops and unpack boxes of signs with their candidate’s name.

But the Democrat they are working for, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, adamantly denies plans to seek the presidency.

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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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