Marathon victim awoke, told FBI bomber 'looked right at me'

A 27-year-old man whose legs were blown off by the Boston bombings reportedly helped FBI agents identify one of the suspects, saying the man looked him in the eye as he placed a bag filled with explosives at his feet. Jeff Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line just before 3 p.m. Monday when a man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket dropped a bag at Bauman’s feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, told Bloomberg News. Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, shredding Bauman’s legs. A photo of his bloodied body being rushed by wheelchair from the scene has become an iconic image of the terrorist attack. “He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,'” Chris Bauman told Bloomberg News. Continue Reading

2 arrested after 4 die in Montana mobile home fire

Two men have been arrested in Montana on suspicion of negligent homicide hours after four bodies were removed from a burned-out mobile home near Billings. Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder tells The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/13m7uxL ) that Zaccary John Kern and Robert Eric Bottenhagen were arrested Thursday night. Jail records show both face four counts of negligent homicide and a felony arson charge. Autopsies were planned Friday. Officials say the victims’ names won’t be released until their family members are notified. Continue Reading

'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

3 years later: oil spill cleanup, study carries on

At first glance, the marshy, muddy coastline of Bay Jimmy in southeast Louisiana appears healthy three years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Brown pelicans and seagulls cruise the shoreline, plucking fish and crabs from the water. Snails hold firm to tall blades of marsh grass. Underneath the surface, environmentalists and scientists fear there may be trouble, from tiny organisms to dolphins. Yet the long-term environmental impact from the spill is still not fully known and will likely be debated for years to come. Continue Reading

Conn. man convicted in fatal arson case

A 26-year-old Connecticut man has been convicted of three counts of arson resulting in death for an apartment fire that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy. Hector Natal was convicted Thursday by a federal court jury in New Haven. His father Hector Morales was convicted of being an accessory after the fact. They were both convicted of witness tampering and drug charges. The fire killed 42-year-old Wanda Roberson, her 8-year-old son, Quayshawn and her 21-year-old niece, Jaqueeta Roberson. Continue Reading

Boston marathon runner returns home to Texas to witness plant explosion

People keep asking Joe Berti if he feels unlucky. A bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon seconds after Berti finished the race. Two days later, he was in his home state of Texas when he saw a fertilizer plant explode near Waco. “I was just like, ‘I can’t believe this!”‘ said Berti, who said he had never witnessed an explosion before. Then he thought: “I just want to get out of here and get away from all these explosions.” Continue Reading

Air search finds no trace of missing Okla. man

A short break in windy weather on Thursday allowed a rancher with a helicopter to search a rugged mountainside in southeastern Oregon for a young Oklahoma man who set out to test himself against the wilderness. However, rancher Patty Jenkins saw no trace of Dustin Self, who was last heard from a month ago after being inspired by the movie “Into The Wild.” Self’s lime green tent was not visible, either. Self’s pickup truck was found Monday on the northeast flank of Steens Mountain. Jenkins flew over the area and five nearby cabins used by hunters and cowboys. Continue Reading

US seeks information from Pakistan on list of names

Pakistan’s intelligence agency has received two lists of names from U.S. officials seeking information believed to be related to the Boston Marathon bombings, sources in Pakistan have told Fox News. The names on the lists have not been disclosed but include both Pakistani citizens and dual U.S.-Pakistani nationals, the sources told Fox News. U.S. officials want to know if any of those named had links to militant or religious extremist groups in Pakistan, the sources said. Pakistani intelligence is also expected to check the names of those who recently traveled to or from Pakistan, along with information on their relatives, friends, and places they may have visited. “The Americans have shared lists with us, comprising names of some suspects – mostly dual nationals. Continue Reading