Double Amputee Testifies in Tsarnaev Trial

A woman who lost her legs in the Boston Marathon bombing is the first witness to testify in the penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial. Celeste Corcoran on Tuesday recalled being thrown into the air and landing hard on the sidewalk after the first bomb exploded. She says: “I remember hearing just blood-curdling screams.” She says the pain was so great that she felt like she wanted to die, but she quickly regained her resolve to live when she thought of her family. Corcoran says she learned only after her legs were amputated that her 17-year-old daughter, Sydney, had also been seriously hurt and almost bled to death. Continue Reading

Kansas City Man Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to bomb an Army installation for a terrorist group. John T. Booker Jr. appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, wearing an orange jumpsuit and his legs in shackles. The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports Booker politely responded to Judge James P. O’Hara’s questions as he entered his plea. He’s charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Continue Reading

Sheriff: Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez is a Master Manipulator

The sheriff who had former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in custody for more than 18 months says he’s a master manipulator and will probably do fine in prison now that he has been sentenced to life for murder. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Tuesday that Hernandez knows how to use his charm and manipulate better than anyone he has ever seen. But he calls disrespect a “hot-button” issue for Hernandez. Hernandez was convicted last week of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He will ultimately end up at the maximum-security Souza Baranowski state prison. Continue Reading

Anthem Subsidiaries Face Missouri Lawsuit Over Data Breach

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance agencies of failing to safeguard consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman was amended Tuesday to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach is responsible for fraudulent tax returns filed in their name. Hackers in December or January broke into an Anthem database that included names, employment details and Social Security numbers. Continue Reading

Ohio Dad Charged in Tot’s Starvation Death Pleads Not Guilty

CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to murder charges. Court documents show 32-year-old Glen Bates entered the plea Monday in Hamilton County to aggravated murder and child endangerment in Glenara Bates’ March 29 death. Bates was ordered jailed without bail. His attorney says he’s still in the early stages of investigating and evaluating his client’s case. The child’s mother is charged with the same counts. Continue Reading