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Three taken in for questioning in connection with Boston Marathon bomb plot

Two men and a woman linked to a housing complex where one of the Boston Marathon bombers may have stayed were being questioned Friday night in New Bedford, Mass., police said. The subjects were not under arrest, New Bedford Police Dept. Lt. Robert Richard told Fox News. They were being questioned after police executed a federal search warrant at the Rockdale West House Complex, an apartment often used for rentals to students who attend the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a registered student at the university, and is believed to have resided at the apartment complex at one point in the recent past.Sources told Fox News he was seen at or near the complex after Monday’s attack, which killed three and injured 176. Continue Reading →

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FBI checked out Boston Marathon bomb suspect in 2011

Officials from an unnamed foreign country asked the FBI two years ago to investigate Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because they were concerned that he possibly had “extremist ties,” Fox News has learned. FBI officials familiar with the request say that they obliged, giving Tsarnaev, who is suspected with his younger brother of planting the bombs that killed three and injured 176, a full “scrubbing” – or background check. “We did not find anything,” the official told Fox News. Feds at the time had reported back to the foreign government and told them that their investigation yielded no results, but asked that their foreign counterparts follow up if they had any new information. There was no further action by either nation. Continue Reading →

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USA Today founder Al Neuharth dies in Florida at 89

Critics dubbed USA Today “McPaper” when it debuted in 1982, and they accused its founder, Al Neuharth, of dumbing down American journalism with its easy-to-read articles and bright graphics. Neuharth had the last laugh when USA Today became the nation’s most-circulated newspaper in the late 1990s. The hard-charging founder of USA Today died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89. The news was announced by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded. Continue Reading →

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Holmes lawyers revive constitutional questions

Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes suggested again Friday that they might challenge the constitutionality of state laws on the death penalty and insanity pleas. Holmes’ attorneys said in a written motion that overlapping elements of the laws could violate Holmes’ protection against self-incrimination, his right to present evidence in his own defense, and other provisions of the U.S. and state constitutions. Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say he spent months buying guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, donned police-style body armor and opened fire in a crowded Aurora theater during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie on July 20. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured. Continue Reading →

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FBI agent testifies in ricin-mailing case

An FBI agent has testified that he could not say whether agents have found ricin in the home of a Mississippi man accused of mailing the toxin to the president and a senator. Agent Brandon M. Grant testified at a hearing Friday in Oxford, Miss., for Paul Kevin Curtis Prosecutors had asked to delay the hearing because the investigation was still ongoing. But a judge refused that request. Grant stressed that the investigation is ongoing and that he does not know what may have been found with the hearing approaching two hours long. He says investigators searching the home did find a package they were interested in. Continue Reading →

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'I don't understand them,' bombing suspect said of Americans

DEVELOPING: The brothers behind Monday’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon are believed to have come to the U.S. from Chechnya as long as a decade ago, but apparently never fit in with the American culture. “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them,” the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police hours after the pair was identified as suspects, told a photographer in 2009. What drove him and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, who lived with him in Cambridge, Mass., to perpetrate the deadly attack — which killed three people and injured 176 others — is not clear. They are believed to be Muslim and to have had military training overseas. But the older brother, who was 26, also worked out in a gym and dreamed of making the U.S. Olympic boxing team, according to an online photojournalism slideshow that chronicled his training. Continue Reading →

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