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Federal authorities arrested three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, accusing them of trying to obstruct justice by hiding evidence in the case and lying about it.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both Kazakh nationals who attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with Tsarnaev, were charged with "conspiracy to obstruct justice" for allegedly getting rid of a laptop computer and a backpack belonging to the suspected bomber. Their classmate, Robel Phillipos, a U.S. citizen from Cambridge, Mass., who reportedly knew Tsarnaev from high school, was charged with lying to federal officials during the bombing investigation.
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev appeared in federal court Wednesday where they were ordered held without bail. They are scheduled to appear in court again on May 14. One of their attorneys, Robert Stahl, said the men plan to plead "not guilty" to the charges. Phillipos, arrested Wednesday, appeared in federal court separately. There, a judge ordered him held without bail because he's a "flight risk." He's scheduled to appear before a judge again on Monday.
BOSTON—Law enforcement officials said Tuesday evening that they have no concrete information on who planted the two bombs that left more than 170 people injured and three dead near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.
Seventeen of the injured are in critical condition in area hospitals, officials said, with several of them recovering from amputations.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced that President Barack Obama will attend an interfaith ceremony at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross in honor of the victims on Thursday.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers pleaded with the public to provide information to help authorities track down the culprit, particularly those who might know someone who was researching how to make bombs, or who saw a suspicious person carrying a heavy black nylon bag near the finish line.
"Someone knows who did this," DesLauriers said. The agent said the investigation in its "infancy," and that authorities do not know who is responsible for planting the bombs. He described the case as "wide open."
The university said it would not releasing the victim's name until it has permission to do so from the family.
BOSTON—Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat who sits on a national security subcommittee in the house, has told Yahoo News that many of the injured at Monday's Boston Marathon were hit by ball bearings apparently embedded within the devices.
The Associated Press, citing anonymous law enforcement sources, reported that the bombs were made from pressure cookers stuffed with metal ball bearings. CBS News reported that police have found pieces of an electronic circuit board that they believe could have been used to detonate the pressure cookers. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at Tuesday morning's press conference that law enforcement swept the marathon area for bombs twice before the explosions went off.
For their part, state and federal investigators have declined to say much about the devices that were detonated, sending 176 people to the hospital and killing three, or who they suspect might be behind them.
Lynch said the ball bearings led him to believe the whoever launched the attack knew what they were doing.
At least 130 people are injured and three dead after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. The injuries include dismemberment, witnesses said, and local hospitals say they are treating shrapnel wounds, open fractures and limb injuries. An eight-year-old boy is one of the three known dead, multiple news outlets reported, and several of the injured are also children.
At a Monday night press conference, Gov. Deval Patrick urged Bostonians to be vigilant on their morning commute Tuesday, and to report any suspicious packages to the police. The FBI has officially taken over the investigation, and is treating it as a potential terrorist attack.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis stressed that the police had no suspect in custody yet. "I'm not prepared to say we are at ease at this time," Davis said, when asked if the area was safe.
"This cowardly act will not be taken in stride," Davis said. "We will turn over every rock to find out who is responsible.''
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Holly Bailey and Liz Goodwin at The Ticket 2 yrs ago
A New York state judge on Monday threw out a ban on large sugary drinks set to go into effect in New York City on Tuesday, calling the new regulation “arbitrary and capricious.”
The new regulation—which would have limited the sale of sugary beverages including nondiet sodas, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and other high-calorie drinks to just 16 ounces—was championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said Tuesday that the city would immediately appeal the verdict. Bloomberg saw the ban as a way to fight the city's growing obesity epidemic.
But the American Beverage Association and other business groups representing bars, restaurants and bodegas had sued to stop the new law, arguing, in part, that it would create an uneven playing field for businesses. The law would have been enforced only on establishments regulated by the city's Health Department, while stores like 7-Eleven, which is regulated as a market by the state of New York, would have been exempt.
Tingling added: "Such an evisceration has the potential to be more troubling than sugar-sweetened beverages."