April 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The FBI has found female DNA on at least one of the two homemade bombs detonated during the Boston Marathon on April 15, according to a law enforcement official. The presence of genetic material does not necessarily mean a woman helped build the pressure-cooker bombs, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The genetic material could have come from a woman who was in the room where the devices were built, or from a cashier at a store where one of the bomb parts was purchased, the official said.
April 25, 2013 |
Like finding new friends on Facebook or a great deal on EBay, it is easy to locate fiery, radical Islamist imams on the Internet who will guide the willing toward the path of bomb making, random slaughter and martyrdom. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber who died in a shootout with police a week ago, seems to have connected with a number of these firebrand theologians in exactly that way. Tsarnaev did not pick up his militant ideas at his local mosque. In fact, it is being reported that, on two occasions, Tsarnaev interrupted Friday prayer services at a mosque in Cambridge to criticize the speaker for being too liberal and accommodating.
April 26, 2013 |
A man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings described on Friday how he locked eyes with one of the bombing suspects minutes before the twin explosions took place near the finish line. “I was with my girlfriend's roommates and we were having a great time, you know, we were watching the runners. Everyone's having a great time. And just that one guy, he didn't look like he was having a good time,” Jeff Bauman told WEEI-FM (93.7) radio in Boston. “He was right next to me, you know.
April 26, 2013 |
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the bombing of the Boston Marathon, has been moved from a civilian hospital to a medical facility run by the federal Bureau of Prisons. In a statement emailed to reporters, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Friday that Tsarnaev was moved overnight from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he has been receiving medical treatment. “The U.S. Marshals Service confirms that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been transported from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.,” according to the statement by Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade.
April 19, 2013 |
In the aftermath of Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, sports teams have been playing Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” in efforts to give solace to those affected by the tragedy. “What resonates for me tonight is the way music can offer comfort to people in times of joy or sorrow,” Diamond, 72, told The Times on his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in L.A. “Tonight there are so many people getting awards, and sometimes you sense the questions 'Why are we doing this?
April 16, 2013 |
The attack on the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and gravely wounded many others Monday, sent a chill around the country. Learning that the explosives were detonated near victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting massacre, to whom the last mile of the marathon was dedicated, was an extra twist of the knife. It should have been a celebratory day. Instead, Copley Square was left stained with the blood while the rest of the city was rocked to its core. "There's something particularly devastating about an attack on a marathon,” wrote Nicholas Thompson in a reaction item on the New Yorker's website.
April 16, 2013 |
The explosives used in the Boston Marathon bombs were crudely designed, leading some federal investigators to hypothesize that they were domestic rather than international in origin, three federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday. But while unsophisticated, the devices did show signs of having been constructed by someone with at least some experience in explosives, said the officials, who would not speak publicly because the investigation was in its early stages. “It's somebody with some basic rudimentary skills in circuitry,” said one official.
August 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying seven times to the FBI about what happened to Tsarnaev's laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. Robel K. Phillipos of Cambridge, Mass., was charged with two counts of making false and misleading statements about a purported attempt by two other friends to get rid of the incriminating evidence in the April terrorist attack that claimed three lives.
January 13, 2014 |
Tens of thousands of people donated money to the One Fund, the charity created by officials after the Boston Marathon bombings . Victims received get-well cards from around the country, as well as flowers and notes of encouragement from total strangers. Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, some of the victims have focused their attention on creating new charities -- not for themselves, but for others who have faced similar obstacles, out of the spotlight. Jarrod Clowery, who was pierced by shrapnel during the bombings, says that in his darkest days after the bombings, he'd go into the bathroom of his hospital room, take off his bandages, and start picking at the pieces of jeans embedded in his skin until he bled.
April 17, 2013 |
Two-year-olds can be touchy about big changes in their lives, and no one knows that better than 29-year-old Erika Brannock. So before the preschool teacher left the Baltimore area to watch her mother run the Boston Marathon, she sent a note to the parents of all her students letting them know she'd be gone for a few days, but would fly back Monday night. Brannock, who was among those critically injured in the bombings at the Boston race, is like that. She will text parents at 11 p.m. to remind them about a permission slip or tool needed for the next day's class.