Boston bomber's lawyers aim to paint Tsarnaev as teen gone astray
Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will call more witnesses on Wednesday as they seek to spare his life by painting him as a normal teen who went astray when he followed his older, domineering brother in carrying out the attack. He was also convicted of killing apolice officer three days later. Over the past two weeks lawyers for Tsarnaev have called three dozen witnesses who described him as a mild-mannered teenager who, even as his college grades slipped, remained the kind and well-liked youngster he had been as a child. "He never caused harm to anybody or disrespected anybody,"college student Henry Alvarez, who wrestled on the same team as Tsarnaev in high school, told jurors on Tuesday. Martin Richard, 8, Chinese exchange student Lu Lingzi, 23, and restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, died in the bombing. The Tsarnaev brothers also shot dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.
Wed, 06 May 2015 07:08:16 -0400
U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack
By Mark Hosenball and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.
Tue, 05 May 2015 16:14:18 -0400
Police officer dies after shooting in north Idaho
(Reuters) - A police officer died of his wounds after he was shot by a man he was trying to stop in northern Idaho on Tuesday, officials said. Coeur d'Alene police sergeant Greg Moore was making a suspicious person check on Tuesday morning when the man opened fire, said police. The man then drove off in Moore's patrol car and led officers of a neighboring city on a high-speed chase, Post Falls Police Chief R. Scot Haug told reporters. The shooting comes a day after a New York City plainclothes police officer died from a gun shot wound to the head suffered during a confrontation with a suspect over the weekend.
Wed, 06 May 2015 02:55:25 -0400
Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal
BALTIMORE (AP) One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon.
Tue, 05 May 2015 18:34:26 -0400
Capital murder indictment returned in U.Va. slaying case
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial.
Tue, 05 May 2015 22:28:26 -0400
Senate adopts GOP budget targeting Obamacare
The Senate has adopted a compromise GOP budget, paving the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.
Tue, 05 May 2015 20:42:26 -0400
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