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ICE arrests 2 in Massachusetts town tied to Boston bombing case

Two foreign nationals have been arrested on immigration violations in the Massachusetts town where police say the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect may have once lived. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Saturday that Homeland Security Investigations agents had arrested two people in New Bedford. An ICE spokesman would not comment on the people who were arrested or if they are connected to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth student remains hospitalized after exchanging gunfire with police Friday. ICE did not say whether they are suspected in any other crimes. Continue Reading →

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No more stillborn remains found in hospital facility, laundry service says

The Minnesota laundry service that discovered the remains of a stillborn baby in hospital linens says that no other remains have been found at its facility. Crothall Healthcare in Red Wing made the statement after Regions Hospital in St. Paul announced the remains of a second stillborn baby were missing. Crothall says the hospital is reviewing the laundry over the weekend in hopes of recovering the missing stillborn. Regions said Friday that it believes the remains of a stillborn at 19 weeks gestational age had been placed in the same basket as the remains of another stillborn discovered Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Czechs: we're not Chechens

A number of comments by Americans on social media mistaking the Czech Republic for the country of origin of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects — ethnic Chechen brothers — prompted the Czech ambassador to the United States to act. In a statement posted on the embassy Web site, Petr Gandalovic said “the Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities — the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.” Gandalovic calls it “a most unfortunate misunderstanding,” but some responses on Twitter are less diplomatic. Mirca Sekerova recommends Americans “open a geography book once in a while…stop blaming our country for this.” And Petr Manda commented: “Well done, U.S. education system.” Continue Reading →

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Second Boston marathon suspect reportedly partied 2 nights after bombing

The teenage bombing suspect who was captured Friday night hiding in a boat in the Watertown neighborhood near Boston reportedly attended a party at two nights after the incident, The Boston Globe reported. “He was just relaxed,” said a student from Umass Dartmouth who saw the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, mingling with friends from intramural soccer. Tsarnaev is registered at the school and the campus sent out an alert on its website Friday saying, “The campus is closed. Individuals on campus should shelter in place unless instructed otherwise.” Several students were interviewed in the report and expressed disbelief that their fellow classmate was a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured over 180 people. Continue Reading →

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NYC race beefs up security after Boston Marathon bombing

New York Road Runners is enhancing baggage security measures for a 4-mile race on Sunday in Central Park in response to the Boston Marathon bombings — and the New York City police department is bringing in extra cameras for added surveillance. The NYPD purchased 100 mobile cameras it will use at the race as a result of the bombings, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Friday. There will also be significantly increased police presence at the race as well as at a 5K run/walk to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum on Sunday, he said. Runners were being encouraged not to bring bags to the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks, but people who do will be asked to put all their belongings in a clear, plastic bag provided by race officials. Continue Reading →

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California failed to spend $455M on water projects, EPA says

California has failed to spend $455 million of federal money meant to improve water infrastructure in the state, while thousands of people rely on groundwater laced with nitrates and other contaminants, federal regulators said Friday. The state has received more than $1.5 billion for its Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund over the past 15 years, but has failed to spend a large part of it in a timely manner, according to a noncompliance letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the state’s public health department. The amount is the program’s largest unspent sum in the nation, the EPA said. The fund gives out loans to public and private water systems for drinking water infrastructure improvements, including treatment facilities, pipelines and other projects. In recent years, California has received an estimated $80 million in federal money annually for the fund. Continue Reading →

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Scant evidence in Mississippi ricin case, attorney says

Federal authorities have scant evidence linking a Mississippi man to the mailing of ricin-laced letters to the president and a senator, his attorney says. Christi McCoy said after a court hearing Friday that the government has offered no evidence to prove her client, Paul Kevin Curtis, had possession of any ricin or the seed from which it is extracted — castor beans. An FBI agent testified during the hearing that he could not say if investigators had found ricin at Curtis’ home, and McCoy said the evidence linking the 45-year-old to the crime so far has hinged on his writings posted online. He is adamant that he did not do this, and she said she has seen nothing to prove him wrong. Curtis was ushered into the courtroom before the hearing began in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackles. Continue Reading →

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