UPDATE: Boston Police: 3 More Suspects In Custody Boston Marathon Bombings

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UPDATE: 5/01/2013 12:35pm

BOSTON (AP) - Two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation say two of the three people newly arrested in the Boston Marathon bombing case are two men originally from Kazakhstan who were friendly with the main suspect.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev appeared via video for a visa violation hearing in immigration court in Boston on Wednesday.

The officials who said they were in custody spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the investigation.

One of the officials said the third suspect was a man.

The two have been held in a county jail for more than a week on allegations that they violated their student visas while attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is originally from Russia.

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UPDATE: 5/01/2013 11:35am

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the police department says only that three more suspects are in custody and more details will follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison.

Both are Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S. They are accused of using a weapon of mass destruction.

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UPDATE: 4/20/2013 6:58 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is in serious but stable condition and likely can't communicate yet.

Patrick spoke outside Fenway Park after appearing in a pregame ceremony at Saturday afternoon's Red Sox game.

Two bombs exploded at the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon, killing three people. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed during Thursday night's manhunt. More than 180 people were injured in the explosions.

Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was killed Friday. His brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar (joh-KHAR') Tsarnaev, was captured later Friday inside a boat parked in a Watertown backyard after a furious search. He is recovering at a Boston hospital guarded by armed officers.

Patrick says he thinks the suspect is "not able to communicate yet."

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UPDATE: 4/20/2013 6:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has a range of legal options in the Boston Marathon bombings, and that could include seeking the death penalty against the 19-year-old suspect in the case.

The administration has indicated it intends to move quickly to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR'tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

But investigators plan to first question him without informing him of his legal rights to remain silent and have an attorney present.

Several Republican lawmakers are criticizing the administration's approach because it would afford Tsarnaev more rights than he deserves.

The federal public defender for Massachusetts called for the quick appointment of a lawyer to represent Tsarnaev because of serious issues involving his interrogation in the absence of a lawyer.

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UPDATE: 4/20/2013 6:56 PM

BOSTON (AP) - A doctor involved in treating the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a gunbattle with police says he had injuries head to toe and all limbs intact when he arrived at the hospital.

Dr. David Schoenfeld says 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was unconscious and had so many penetrating wounds that it isn't clear which ones killed him. The doctor says a medical examiner will have to determine the cause of death.

Schoenfeld says the suspect was in cardiac arrest and lost a pulse as soon as he arrived at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center following a shootout with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown early Friday. Doctors tried numerous treatments for about 15 minutes before pronouncing him dead.

The doctor said "we did everything we could" to try to save his life.

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UPDATE: 4/20/2013 2:09 PM

The surviving suspect in the horrifying attack on the Boston Marathon is being held at a hospital after being captured following a pair of shootouts with police.

Authorities say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) is in serious condition after an arrest that happened only after police lifted a lockdown that had largely paralyzed the Boston area.

Officials say Tsarnaev and his brother set off the twin explosions at Monday's marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

Twenty-six-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police earlier Friday.

Authorities say the brothers also killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during their spree.

A Justice Department official says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be read his Miranda rights before he's questioned by a special interrogation team.
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Update: 4/19/2013 9:00 p.m.

It's over: Second suspect in custody after found hiding in a boat on a trailer in Watertown, Mass.
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UPDATE: 4/19/2013 11:30am

BOSTON (AP) - Key moments related to the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, based on reports from the Middlesex County district attorney, Massachusetts State Police and Boston police.

- At 5:10 p.m. Thursday, investigators of the bombings release photographs and video of two suspects. They ask for the public's help in identifying the men.

- Around 10:20 p.m., shots are fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, just outside Boston.

- At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer who was responding to a disturbance is found shot multiple times in his vehicle, apparently in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. He is later pronounced dead.

- Shortly afterward, two armed men reportedly carjack a Mercedes SUV in Cambridge. A man who was in the vehicle is held for about a half hour and then released unharmed at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

- Police soon pursue the carjacked vehicle in Watertown, just west of Cambridge.

- Some kind of explosive devices are thrown from the vehicle in an apparent attempt to stop police. The carjackers and police exchange gunfire. A transit police officer is seriously injured. One suspect, later identified as Suspect No. 1 in the marathon bombings, is critically injured and later pronounced dead.

- Authorities launch a manhunt for the other suspect.

- Around 1 a.m. Friday, gunshots and explosions are heard in Watertown. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents converge on a Watertown neighborhood. A helicopter circles overhead.

- Around 4:30 a.m., Massachusetts state and Boston police hold a short outdoor news briefing. They tell people living in that section of eastern Watertown to stay in their homes. They identify the carjackers as the same men suspected in the marathon bombings. Overnight, police also release a photograph of a man believed to be Suspect No. 2, apparently taken from store video earlier in the evening at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge. He is wearing a gray hoodie-style sweatshirt.

- Around 5:50 a.m. authorities urge residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit is shut down.

- Around 6:35 a.m., The Associated Press reports that the bomb suspects are from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived in the United States for at least a year.

- Around 6:45 a.m., The Associated Press identifies the surviving Boston bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, who has been living in Cambridge.

- Around 8 a.m., Boston's police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the bombings continues.

- Around 8:40 a.m., a U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects confirm that the name of the slain suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother.

- Around 10:20 a.m., Connecticut State Police say a gray Honda CRV believed to be linked to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been recovered in Boston.

- Around 10:35 a.m., the University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth says it has closed its campus and orderd an evacuation after confirming that missing marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is registered there. The school says it closed the campus "out of an abundance of caution" as the search continued.

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UPDATE 4/19/2013 7:09 A.M.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing - identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya - killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said.

A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (JOE-khar Tsahr-NEYE-ev), 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

Two law enforcement officials told AP that Tsarnaev and the other suspect who was not immediately identified have been living legally in the U.S. for at least one year.

Russia's North Caucasus region has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars in Chechnya.

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UPDATE 4/19/13 6:50 A.M.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

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UPDATE 4/19/13 6:30 A.M.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police are locking down some neighborhoods in Boston and its western suburbs as they search for the remaining suspect in the marathon bombings.

Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.

At least a quarter of a million people live in those suburbs. Many people in the city of Boston and surrounding areas rely on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to get to work.

The announcement Friday morning comes hours after the killing of one suspect, known as the man in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage. The man in the white hat is on the loose and police are calling him a "terrorist" who came here "to kill."

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UPDATE 4/19/13 4:40 A.M.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another.

Residents of the Boston suburb of Watertown have been advised to keep their doors locked and not let anyone in.

The Middlesex district attorney says the two men are suspected of killing an MIT police officer at the college late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding them.

Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown. The suspects and police exchanged gunfire and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died.

Police say the suspect on loose is a "terrorist" who "came here to kill people."

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UPDATE 4/19/13 4:20 A.M.

NBC is reporting one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and the other is at large.
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UPDATE 4/19/13 4:15 A.M.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The FBI is investigating whether the shooting of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and gunfire and explosions in a nearby town are related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

A Massachusetts State Police spokesman says one person suspected in the gunfire and explosions has been accounted for and one is at large.

The FBI says it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.

The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.

A state police spokesman said early Friday there is a "strong possibility" the incidents are related.

Cab driver Imran Sais says he heard "a loud boom" while standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner.

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones.

Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where television outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. A helicopter is circling overhead.

Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted "fire in the hole."

Reporters are being told to move away from the scene. A police officer told a reporter: "If you want to live, turn off your cell phone."

Earlier Thursday night a campus police officer was shot and killed at MIT and authorities were searching for the person responsible.

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UPDATE: 4/18/2013 5:30pm

BOSTON (AP) - The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.

FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers says one the suspects is believed to have planted the devices near the finish line of the race. He says both suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Within moments of the FBI releasing the images on its website, the agency's website crashed.

The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180.

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.

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UPDATE: 4/17/2013 2:55pm

BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday a suspect was in custody.

But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston dispute that.

The official who spoke to The Associated Press did so on condition of anonymity and stood by the information even after it was disputed.

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation. The official had said the suspect was expected in federal court in Boston.

Reporters and police have converged at the courthouse.

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UPDATE: 4/17/20013 2:50pm

BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials deny that Boston Marathon bombing suspect is in custody.

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UPDATE: 4/17/2013 1:55pm

BOSTON (AP) - A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is about to be arrested, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday.

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The suspect was to be taken into custody by federal marshals and taken to a Boston courthouse, the official said.

The official spoke shortly after several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the two bomb blasts.

An official news briefing was scheduled later Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies had earlier pleaded for the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday.

Investigators circulated information about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel. But the FBI said nobody had claimed responsibility.

A person close to the investigation had previously told AP the bombs consisted of explosives put in 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one with shards of metal and ball bearings, the other with nails.

Investigators in white jumpsuits had fanned out across the streets, rooftops and awnings around the blast site in search of clues on Wednesday. They combed through debris amid the toppled orange sports drink dispensers, trash cans and sleeves of plastic cups strewn across the street at the marathon's finish line.

President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism. Obama plans to attend an interfaith service Thursday in the victims' honor in Boston.

Scores of victims of the Boston bombing remained in hospitals, many with grievous injuries. Doctors who treated the wounded corroborated reports that the bombs were packed with shrapnel intended to cause mayhem. In addition to the 5-year-old child, a 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition.

The trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center says most of the injuries his hospital treated after the marathon bombings were to the legs.

"We have a lot of lower extremity injuries, so I think the damage was low to the ground and wasn't up," Dr. Peter Burke said. "The patients who do have head injuries were blown into things or were hit by fragments that went up."

Dozens of patients have been released from hospitals around the Boston area.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, all four amputations performed there were above the knee, with no hope of saving more of the legs, said Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery.

"It wasn't a hard decision to make," he said Tuesday. "We just completed the ugly job that the bomb did."

An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement includes a picture of a mangled pressure cooker and a torn black bag that the FBI said were part of a bomb that exploded during the marathon.

The bombs exploded 10 or more seconds apart, tearing off victims' limbs and spattering streets with blood. The blasts near the finish line instantly turned the festive race into a hellish scene of confusion, horror and heroics.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Medford. The Shenyang Evening News, a state-run Chinese newspaper, identified the third victim as Lu Lingzi. She was a graduate student at Boston University.

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UPDATED: 4/17/2013 11:00am

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities have recovered what they believe are some of the pieces of the explosive devices. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss evidence in the ongoing investigation.

A person close to the investigation previously told AP the bombs consisted of explosives put in 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one with shards of metal and ball bearings, the other with nails.

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UPDATED: 4/17/13 6:25am

BOSTON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies are pleading with the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170 at Monday's Boston Marathon.

The bomber may have been seen amid revelers, carrying an unusually heavy nylon bag, weighed down with shrapnel-packed explosives.

Investigators have circulated information about the bombs, which were kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and shrapnel.

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UPDATED: 4/16/2013 5:30pm

BOSTON (AP) - The FBI is confirming that pressure cookers may have been used in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and wounded more than 170.

FBI special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers spoke at a news conference Tuesday.

He says pieces of black nylon and fragments of ball bearings and nails were found and authorities believe the bombs were placed in a dark-colored backpack or bag.

A source close to the investigation had said earlier that the bombs were made in 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one containing shards of metal and ball bearings, the other packed with nails, and both stuffed into duffel bags.

A second person briefed on the investigation confirms that at least one of the explosives was made of a pressure cooker. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

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UPDATED: 4/16/2013 4:15pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America is strong and resilient in the face of the Boston Marathon deadly explosions and won't let "cowardly acts get in the way of our lives."

He says: "We're going to uncover whoever was responsible."

Obama spoke during a ceremony welcoming NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski to the White House. Obama saluted Keselowski's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Earlier Tuesday, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room where he called the deadly blasts an act of terrorism, but said the perpetrator and the motive remained unknown.

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UPDATED: 4/16/2013 2:30pm

BOSTON (AP) - A 29-year-old restaurant manager has been identified as one of three people killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Her father says Krystle Campbell, of Medford, Mass., had gone with her best friend to take a picture of the friend's boyfriend crossing the finish line on Monday afternoon.

William Campbell says his daughter, who worked at a restaurant in nearby Arlington, was "very caring, very loving person, and was daddy's little girl." He says the loss has devastated the family.

He says the friend was seriously injured in the explosion.

An 8-year-old, Martin Richard of Boston, also died. He was at the finish line watching the race with his family.

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UPDATED: 4/16/2013 1:30pm

BOSTON (AP) - Doctors say they removed a host of sharp objects from children and adults injured by the Boston Marathon explosions.

A doctor at Boston Children's Hospital said they removed BB pellets and nails from children. Dr. David Mooney says there were nails sticking out of one little girl's body.

Two children remain in critical condition at the hospital with serious leg injuries. Mooney said that tourniquets applied by emergency responders at the race saved the children's lives.

More than 170 people were hurt by the blasts. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital also say they removed metal fragments from victims of the bombs.

Hospitals began releasing more information Tuesday about the victims' injuries, including broken bones, amputated limbs and head injuries.

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UPDATE: 4/16/2013 12:00pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities still don't know who is responsible.

He called the bombing "a heinous and cowardly act" used to target innocent civilians.

Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after a briefing by his national security team.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded in Monday's bombing at the famous marathon's finish line.

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UPDATE 4/16/2013 11:20am

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts General Hospital's chief of trauma surgery says doctors removed "a variety of sharp objects," including pellets and nails, from the wounds of victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Dr. George Velmahos said Tuesday that in his opinion the metal fragments came from the bomb and not from the environment.

Velmahos says MGH treated 31 victims of the bombs that exploded in quick succession on Monday. The hospital performed four amputations and he said at least two more patients have legs that are still at risk of amputation.

Dr. Stephen Epstein of the emergency medicine department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center says he saw an X-ray of one victim's leg that had "what appears to be small, uniform, round objects throughout it - similar in the appearance to BBs."

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UPDATE 4/16/2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the Boston marathon bombing that killed three and wounded more than 140 people a "cruel act of terror."

Hagel said Tuesday that any event with explosive devices is clearly an act of terror and promised that a thorough investigation will determine whether the perpetrators were foreign or domestic.

He said government officials still do not know who is responsible or why the historic race was targeted Monday.

The Pentagon chief vowed that those responsible will be brought to justice.

Hagel made the comments Tuesday at the start of a previously scheduled congressional hearing on the defense budget.

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UPDATE 4/16/2013

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says no unexploded bombs were found at the Boston Marathon. He says the only explosives were the ones that went off Monday.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, by two explosions just seconds apart near the finish line.

Police commissioner Ed Davis says 176 victims came to hospitals around Boston, and 17 of those are in critical condition.

Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers says at a news conference there are no known additional threats.

Police commissioner Ed Davis says it is the most complex crime scene in history of the department.

Authorities are looking for amateur video and photographic evidence that can give clues to who set off the bombs.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says "what occurred in Boston was an act of cowardice."

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UPDATE 4/16/2013

BOSTON (AP) - A young victim of the Boston Marathon bombings is being remembered as a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb.

Congressman Stephen Lynch, a friend of the family, says 8-year-old Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions Monday. The boy's mother and sister were badly injured.

Lynch says the family had gone to get some ice cream and then to the finish line to watch some friends cross. He describes them as a strong family and says they're doing better than expected.

A candle burned on the stoop of the family's single-family home in the city's Dorchester section, and the word "Peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway. A child's bicycle helmet lay overturned on the front lawn.

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UPDATE 4/16/2013 6:20 A.M.

BOSTON (AP) - The FBI has served a search warrant on a home in suburban Boston in the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing attack. Massachusetts State Police confirm that a search warrant related to the investigation was served Monday night in Revere, but they haven't said anything else.

Some investigators were seen leaving the house early this morning, carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.

Authorities say so far no suspects have been arrested and they don't have a motive. And the FBI is appealing for any video, audio or photos taken by marathon spectators.

Two bombs went off yesterday afternoon as thousands of Boston Marathon runners had yet to cross the finish line. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy. And more than 140 people were injured, with everything from ruptured eardrums to broken bones, to severed limbs.

President Barack Obama was careful not to use the word "terrorism" as he spoke at the White House Monday, but an administration official says the attack is being treated as an act of terrorism. The Pakistani Taliban said today that it had nothing to do with the attack.

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UPDATE: 4/15/2013 9:36 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Capitol Hill police say there is no known connection between the bombings against the Boston Marathon and Washington but they are warning Congress and their staffers to be vigilant.

A warning notice sent out to staff, obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, says the Capitol Police are stepping up their numbers in anticipation of more security checks and more suspicious packages reported over the coming days. They also warned of tighter security at entryways, including more frequent canine inspections of visitors.

The notice says the "increased presence and visibility is a proactive response" to the events in Boston, rather than being based on any specific threat.

Many congressmen called the bombings terrorism, but said it was too soon to know if the attack or attackers were domestic or foreign.

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UPDATE: 4/15/2013 8:56 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police: At least 3 people killed in marathon bombing.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 8:46 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Authorities now say the bombs that killed two people near the finish line of the Boston Marathon also injured more than 130 people. The injuries range from cuts and bruises to amputations, but at least 15 are in critical condition. Many victims suffered lower leg injuries and shrapnel wounds. The department of emergency medicine chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center says one or two of the hospital's 21 patients face a "high probability of mortality."

There's been no claim of responsibility for the twin bombings in Boston, and there's no word on a motive. But a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding says the attack is being treated as an act of terrorism. A senior U.S. intelligence official says two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course in what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.

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UPDATE: 4/15/2013 8:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress are calling the bombings at the Boston Marathon acts of terrorism and vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice. Texas Republican Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says the question is whether the terrorism is foreign or domestic. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, also called it a "terrorist incident." President Barack Obama didn't use the word in his brief remarks, but a White House official later said the incident was being treated as terrorism.

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UPDATE: 4/15/2013 7:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy has sent one of its bomb-disposal units to Boston to assist local authorities as needed in the aftermath of the two explosions near the Boston Marathon's finish line. The blasts killed two and injured more than 100.

The three-member explosive ordnance disposal team based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., was sent to Massachusetts after state officials asked for help. Authorities are investigating the bombings and also are checking other bags and packages that may have been left unattended as terrified crowds races away from the chaos Monday.

The Pentagon said no other active duty military personnel had yet been sent to the scene, although state National Guard troops were there. The Defense Department has not raised the threat level across the nation's military installations.

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UPDATE: 4/15/2013 7:15 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Authorities now say more than 100 people are injured and two dead after bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.

Some people lost limbs in the twin blasts, which knocked spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattered windows and sent smoke into the air. There was no word on the motive or who may have launched the attack, and police say no suspect is in custody.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to be related to the explosions at the race on Monday. He says the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device.
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UPDATE: 4/15/2013 6:55 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say no suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to be related to the explosions at the race on Monday. He says the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device.

Authorities say the blasts killed two people and injured at least 73.

Police say it's too early to get into specifics about the nature of devices or whether shrapnel was involved.

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04/15/2013 6:24pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."

He said: "We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable."

Obama made his remarks Monday evening from the White House about three hours after two explosions detonated near the marathon's finish line. At least two people were killed and 50 injured in the blasts.

Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions.

The Secret Service reacted cautiously to the blasts, expanding the security perimeter around the White House.

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04/15/2013 6:15pm

Pres. Obama says government does not yet have 'all the answers' on Boston explosions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama says government does not yet have 'all the answers' on Boston explosions.

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04/15/2013 0613pm

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say no suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to be related to the explosions at the race on Monday. He says the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device.

Authorities say the blasts killed two people and injured at least 73.

Police say it's too early to get into specifics about the nature of devices or whether shrapnel was involved.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 6:07pm

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police commissioner says no suspect is in custody in marathon explosions.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 6:07pm

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police commissioner: JFK Library fire doesn't appear to be related to race explosions.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 6:05pm

CHICAGO (AP) - Google is stepping in to help family and friends of Boston Marathon runners find their loved ones after explosions near the finish line.

The site, called Google Person Finder, allows users to enter the name of a person they're looking for or enter information about someone who is there.

Cellphone use has been difficult in the Boston area. A law enforcement official says cell service was shut down to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Far-flung family members and friends are frantically using social media to check on the safety of runners and spectators after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon, killing two and injuring dozens.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - With moments of silence in both houses of Congress, lawmakers are marking the deadly explosions that occurred at the site of the Boston Marathon.

Majority Leader Harry Reid led the Senate in a brief pause, and officials said Speaker John Boehner intended to do the same when the House convened later Monday.

In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid expressed sympathy for victims of the explosions, and praised the first responders who rushed to their aid.

Massachusetts Sen. Mo Cowan said he and other members of the Senate are expecting briefings from officials in Boston.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will issue a statement on the explosions at the Boston Marathon in televised remarks to the nation from the White House.

Obama was briefed on Monday's explosions by FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The White House said the president also spoke with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino and pledged to provide whatever federal support was needed in responding to the incident.

Obama has been monitoring the situation in Boston since news of the explosions first broke.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts has increased security after two bombs exploded in Boston on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., about 45 miles south of Boston, was already shut down for refueling when the explosions occurred.

Federal officials said Pilgrim has heightened checks of vehicles, materials individuals entering the plant and will take other steps as needed.

Eliot Brenner, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said federal officials have not ordered changes in security at other U.S. nuclear reactors in the wake of the Boston explosions.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cellphone companies say service is operating in the Boston area, but with heavy traffic following of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

A law enforcement official, citing an intelligence briefing, said cellphone service had been shut down Monday in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

But officials with Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel said there had been no such requests.

Sprint spokeswoman Crystal Davis said: "Minus some mild call blocking on our Boston network due to increased traffic, our service is operating normally."

Two people were killed and scores injured when two explosives detonated near the finish line of the marathon.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department be deployed to investigate the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.

A department official said Holder has spoken with FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) and with Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. The official said Ortiz's office was coordinating the department's response with the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record.

Two bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line on Monday, killing two people and injuring many others. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found nearby. A third explosion followed at the JFK Library in Boston.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:15pm

BOSTON (AP) - The NHL says Monday night's game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden has been postponed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

No makeup date has been scheduled.

The league says it "wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon."

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others, and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found nearby.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:15pm

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say there's been a third explosion in the city, following two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed two people and injured many others.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren't certain that the explosion that occurred more than an hour later at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they're treating it as if it was.

Davis says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion. The total numbers of casualties from the other blasts isn't known.

Davis urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.

Police say they received no information before the explosions to indicate they were coming.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:15pm

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police commissioner urges people to stay indoors, not congregate in large groups.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:10pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The explosions have killed two people and injured at least 23 others.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 5:10pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Friends and family members of Ohioans running the Boston Marathon are checking on the safety and whereabouts of athletes following finish line explosions that injured several people.

Joe Fung, manager of the Cincinnati-based Running Spot store, says most of the roughly 20 runners with a group associated with the store have been accounted for.

Amy Huffman, a runner from suburban Columbus, says she was about half a mile from the finish line collecting her bag when she heard the first explosion and saw a large smoke cloud.

The office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says his wife, Tina, completed the race successfully before the explosions and is fine.

Husted says in a tweet that the explosions have turned a day of happiness to sadness.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 4:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that it has created a no-fly zone over the site of two explosions at the annual Boston marathon.

The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.

The notice says the no-fly zone is effective immediately, and will remain in effect until further notice. Pilots planning flights were urged to call their local flight service station.

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UPDATE: 04/15/2013 4:25

WASHINGTON (AP) - Intelligence official: 2 more explosive devices found at Boston Marathon; being dismantled.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is directing her agency to provide "whatever assistance" necessary in the wake of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

About two hours after the winners finished the race there were two explosions near the finish line Monday, killing at least two people and injuring as many as 23 others.

Boston Police and federal authorities are trying to determine what happened.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Police in New York City and London are stepping up security following explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said critical response teams are deployed around the city until more about the explosion is learned. Officials are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations.

British police also say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon. It's the next major international marathon. A London Metropolitan Police spokesman says police are working with marathon officials to review security plans.

The blasts occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. It was not yet clear what caused the blasts.

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

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UDPATE: 04/15/2013

BOSTON (AP) - Spectators and runners are describing the twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.

One woman says she was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, and, in her words, "it just blew." She described it as "a loud boom, and then glass everywhere." Cherie Falgoust says something hit her head, and she "just ducked."

A runner, Laura McLean of Toronto, says she heard two explosions outside the medical tent. She says, "There are people who are really, really bloody." McLean says, "they were pulling them into the medical tent."

The explosions took place about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line. The second one could be heard a few seconds after the first one.

A runner said, "There are a lot of people down."

Marathon workers were seen carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.

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BOSTON (AP) - Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries.

Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

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