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Apr 14, 2015

New Jersey’s Christie heads to New Hampshire as White House race heats up

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible Republican 2016 White House contender, is set to speak to voters in New Hampshire on Tuesday, during a week that will see a wave of presidential hopefuls barnstorm the key early-voting state.

Christie, lauded for his management of the state’s recovery from the devastating Superstorm Sandy in 2012 but more recently rapped for alleged political bullying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, will commence his visit with a speech to a politically connected audience at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester.

Apr 10, 2015

Convicted Boston bomber’s death penalty phase to begin April 21

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial enters a new phase on April 21 as federal prosecutors begin to mount their case for putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 attack.

The same jury that on Wednesday found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of carrying out one of the most shocking attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, will hear from more prosecution and defense witnesses before determining whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Apr 9, 2015

Judge in Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial warns of mistrial risk

By Scott Malone

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial on Thursday reprimanded a local television station after two jurors reported being followed by one of its trucks, warning the incident could have led to a mistrial.

The jury has begun its third day of deliberations on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After the jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, he will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012.

Apr 9, 2015

Third day of deliberations begin in ex-NFL star’s murder trial

By Scott Malone

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – A Massachusetts jury on Thursday began its third day of deliberations over whether former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez murdered an associate in an industrial park near his home in 2013.

Hernandez, 25, is awaiting a verdict in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After a jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, he will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012.

Apr 9, 2015

Tsarnaev convicted in Boston bombing, may face death sentence

BOSTON (Reuters) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on Wednesday of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 264 others, and the jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death.

Tsarnaev, 21, is the surviving member of pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who planted the homemade pressure-cooker bombs that tore through the crowd at the famed race’s finish line in one of the most shocking attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. He left a note behind describing the attack as an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.

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.

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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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