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Former New England Patriots guard assisted Boston Marathon bombing victims

A former New England Patriots guard who once joined his three New York City firefighter brothers during a ceremony heralding the return of football following the Sept. 11 terror attacks witnessed another tragedy on Monday — and selflessly began helping those injured at the Boston Marathon. Joe Andruzzi, who won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots during five seasons, attended Monday’s race to support runners raising money for his foundation supporting cancer research, NFL.com reports. Andruzzi, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007, sprang into action following the bombings and appeared in a viral photograph on Twitter carrying a victim to safety. “Jen and I are safe,” Andruzzi posted on Twitter on Monday, reassuring people who were concerned for him and his wife. Continue Reading →

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US consumer prices drop 0.2 pct. on cheaper gas

U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check. The Labor Department says the consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in March, after jumping 0.7 percent in February. Gas prices fell 4.4 percent, reversing part of February’s 9.1 percent gain. Except for February’s large increase, consumer prices have declined or been unchanged in four of the past five months. Continue Reading →

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Florida girl, 2, who lost both legs in mower accident 'doing well' after surgery

The 2-year-old Florida girl who lost both legs in a lawn mower accident last week is in stable condition after surgery Monday morning and doctors say her outlook is good, MyFoxTampaBay.com reports. Ireland Nugent lost both her legs and part of her hand after she ran in front of a lawnmower her father was driving. She will be kept sedated until Tuesday morning. “Before she was being sedated on the lawn at our house, she was asking, where her legs were, so she knew at that time she didn’t have legs,” Nicole Nugent, the girl’s mom, said. Authorities tell MyFoxTampaBay.com the girl’s father was driving his riding lawnmower when the child ran towards him. Continue Reading →

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Maine hermit due in court on burglary charges

A man charged with stealing food, clothing and other items from lakeside camps during his 27 years of living as a hermit in Maine is due in court on new burglary and theft charges. Forty-seven-year-old Christopher Knight is to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon by video from the county jail. Other issues that could come up include appointment of his legal counsel and his bail. Officials want to raise Knight’s bail from $5,000 to $250,000, saying high bail is appropriate to prevent people interested in the case from exploiting him. Police say Knight admitted to hundreds of burglaries over the years to obtain supplies for his makeshift camp in the woods in Rome. Continue Reading →

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History of US bombings, failed attempts

Here is a list of some of the worst bombings in the U.S. dating to the 1800s, including some famous attempts that failed: — April 15, 2013: Two bombs explode in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring more than 80. — Jan. 17, 2011: A backpack bomb is placed along a Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane, Wash., meant to kill and injure participants in a civil rights march, but is found and disabled before it can explode. White supremacist Kevin Harpham is convicted and sentenced to 32 years in federal prison. — May 1, 2010: Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad leaves an explosives-laden SUV in New York’s Times Square, hoping to detonate it on a busy night. Continue Reading →

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Photos of victim in Arias trial take center stage

Defense lawyers and the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial had a series of sharp exchanges Monday over allegations of attorney misconduct and whether digitally enhanced photos of the victim should be presented for the jury as it decides whether to convict the former waitress and aspiring photographer of murder. The arguments between prosecutor Juan Martinez and defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi showed how acrimonious the trial has become between the two sides after more than three months of testimony. Nurmi claimed that the prosecutor committed misconduct by bullying a key defense witness. Martinez used the words “voodoo” and “fantastical” to describe a last-minute defense effort to admit digitally enhanced photos of the victim. “This isn’t second grade. Continue Reading →

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Police: former Texas official emailed threat

Authorities investigating the murders of a Texas prosecutor and his wife believe a former county official sent a threatening email to law officers three days after the killings. The Kaufman County sheriff released a probable cause affidavit Monday that shows authorities traced the threat to the personal computer of former Justice of the Peace Eric Lyle Williams. The prosecutor’s office handled a theft case against Williams that resulted in him losing his job. Authorities say the email implied that if authorities didn’t respond to various demands, there’d be another attack. Williams is being held on $3 million bond on a charge of making a terroristic threat. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity says at least 20 weapons found in Williams’ storage locker are being tested. Continue Reading →

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