Flakes sprinkle Northeast winter wonderland
December 16th, 2013
04:01 AM ET

Flakes sprinkle Northeast winter wonderland

The storm that whipped the Northeast over the weekend with six to 16 inches of snow has blown off to Canada, but more snow is on its way - maybe just enough to bring out some of that holiday spirit.
The flakes sweeping across the Midwest and Northeast on Monday and Tuesday aren't expected have the heft of the fast-moving storm that preceded them but are predicted to add a couple of inches to the wintry landscape.

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September 13th, 2013
12:50 AM ET

Al Qaeda message on 9/11

Americans commemorated this week the loss of those who died at the hands of al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001. Their leader chimed in a day later with new threats against the United States.

Ayman al-Zawahiri called on his followers in an audio message posted on the Internet on Thursday to "land a large strike on it, even if it takes years of patience for this."

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September 11th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Boston airport apologizes for fire training exercise on 9/11

Officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority issued an apology Wednesday after conducting a fire training exercise at Boston Logan International Airport on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

"The fire department will be training this morning. Smoke on the airfield is part of the training," the airport's Twitter account announced.

In response to negative reactions on social media sites, the port authority, which operates the airport, said in a statement, "Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11."

"It's just dumb," Gov. Deval Patrick said. "The timing could not be worse."

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August 13th, 2013
05:14 PM ET

'Whitey' Bulger trial juror: Sickened by 'tainted' testimony

A juror in the James "Whitey" Bulger trial said Tuesday that testimony revealing deep-seated corruption in the FBI and government during the mobster's heyday left her disgusted with the judicial system.

Janet Uhlar, speaking to CNN's Deborah Feyerick in her first interview since the federal jury on Monday convicted Bulger on 31 of 32 counts, called him an "old man" and said he may not have been a government informant.

The jury found Bulger guilty of counts including extortion, money laundering, drug dealing and weapons possession. It held Bulger responsible for the murders of 11 people.

Bulger, 83, faces a maximum sentence of up to life plus 30 years in prison.

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August 9th, 2013
08:24 PM ET

Bulger jury breaks for the weekend

After deliberating for 28 hours over four days, a federal jury Friday broke for the weekend without announcing a verdict in the trial of reputed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

The eight-man, four-woman panel will resume work at 9 a.m. Monday to continue processing testimony from 70 witnesses and over 800 exhibits compiled during the seven weeks of the trial.

Bulger, 83, is accused of racketeering, including involvement in 19 killings, and also 13 counts of extortion and money-laundering during a 20-year "reign of terror" that defined South Boston from the early '70s through 1995, when Bulger fled Boston.

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Red Sox owner buys Boston Globe
August 3rd, 2013
09:35 AM ET

Red Sox owner buys Boston Globe

The New York Times Co. will sell The Boston Globe to sports magnate John W. Henry for $70 million, a fraction of the price it paid for the paper two decades ago.

The company paid $1.1 billion for the properties. The impending sale to the owner of the Boston Red Sox is for 6.3% of the price it paid.

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Patriots player mum as police search for clues in man's death
June 20th, 2013
05:05 AM ET

Patriots player mum as police search for clues in man's death

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is used to throngs of media clamoring to ask him questions, but the NFL star has never had to deal with them camping outside his home.

After reports that the player had been questioned in connection with a homicide not far from his Massachusetts house, that's what he's been faced with for the past three days.

A line of reporters waited on the road in front of his house Wednesday, along with neighbors eager for a word from the player.

Nearby, police sifted through the woods for clues that could shed some light on what happened to Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found dead less than a mile from Hernandez's expansive home in North Attleborough.

Hernandez has yet to say anything publicly.

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Boston bomb suspect linked to 2011 killings
Ibragim Todashev, left, confessed to his role in a 2011 triple homicide in Massachusetts and also fingered Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the deaths, a federal law enforcement official said.
May 22nd, 2013
09:41 PM ET

Boston bomb suspect linked to 2011 killings

Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a 2011 gruesome triple homicide outside Boston along with a Chechen killed early Wednesday during a confrontation with the FBI and Massachusetts State Police in Orlando, Florida, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.

Ibragim Todashev, who died during the interview with authorities, not only confessed to his direct role in slashing the throats of three people in Waltham, Massachusetts, but also fingered Tsarnaev in the deaths, the official said Wednesday.

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May 22nd, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Man killed by FBI agent knew Tsarnaevs, official says

A man fatally shot overnight by an FBI agent in Orlando was being investigated for a possible connection to the Boston bombings, a U.S. law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the Boston Marathon case told CNN.

The man who was shot, Ibragim Todashev, knew both of the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, the official said.

The agent shot in self-defense in an incident at Todashev's house, the official said.

Agents were led to Todashev, who had once lived in Boston, "through investigative leads," the official said.

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May 3rd, 2013
02:47 PM ET

Source: Explosives residue in suspect's home

Investigators have found residue of explosives in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, apartment slain bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev shared with his wife and young daughter, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN on Friday.

The residue turned up in at least three places, the source said: the kitchen table, the kitchen sink and the bathtub.

Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had previously told investigators that he and his brother built the devices in Tamerlan's home, according to another U.S. law enforcement official regularly briefed on the investigation.

Meanwhile, investigators searched areas in and around Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on Friday, according to the FBI.

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April 30th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Boston probe eyes slain Canadian jihadist, source says

Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.

William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov was born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.

The source said Plotnikov's body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov's death, the source said.

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April 26th, 2013
08:58 AM ET

Boston suspect moved to detention hospital

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been transferred from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Federal Medical Center Devens, a facility that holds detainees who need medical care in north-central Massachusetts, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said Friday.

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April 26th, 2013
06:22 AM ET

Suspects' father delays trip to U.S.

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have left their home in Dagestan for another part of Russia, the suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaev told CNN Friday. She said the suspects' father, Anzor Tsarnaev, is delaying his trip to the United States indefinitely.

He was to fly to the United States as soon as Friday to cooperate in the investigation into the attacks. But his wife called an ambulance for him Thursday.

She told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh that her husband was delaying the trip for health reasons. She wouldn't elaborate.

Anzor Tsarnaev agreed to fly to the United States after FBI agents and Russian officials spoke with them for hours this week at the family's home.

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April 24th, 2013
06:36 AM ET

Site of Boston blasts reopens

Nine days after Boylston Street turned into a bloody scene of carnage, the area reopened to public foot traffic Wednesday.

It's another sign Boston is recovering from the twin bombings that killed three and wounded hundreds more.

Also Wednesday, mourners will gather to honor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier, who authorities say was fatally shot by the suspected bombers last week. The memorial service will take place on the MIT campus.

And as more details slowly emerge from the bedridden suspect, U.S. officials were traveling to Dagestan to interview the parents of the suspected bombers.

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Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot
Boston police released this photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev using an ATM after he and his brother allegedly carjacked a man.
April 23rd, 2013
03:41 AM ET

Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his older brother - not any international terrorist group - masterminded the deadly attack, a U.S. government source said.

Preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists, the source said Monday.

Tsarnaev has conveyed to investigators that Tamerlan's motivation was that of jihadist thought and the idea that Islam is under attack and jihadists need to fight back, the source said.

The government source cautioned that the interviews were preliminary, and that Tsarnaev's account needs to be checked out and followed up on by investigators.

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Source: Suspect says no outside involvement in Boston attacks
Source says the surviving Boston bomb suspect told authorities his brother, Tamerlan (pictured), was the brains behind attacks
April 22nd, 2013
09:52 PM ET

Source: Suspect says no outside involvement in Boston attacks

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators that no international terrorist groups were behind last week's attacks, a U.S. government source said Monday.

He also told investigators his older brother, Tamerlan, was the driving force behind the planning and execution of the attacks and wanted to defend Islam from attack, the source told CNN's Jake Tapper.

The government source cautions that this is just what the suspect is saying in these preliminary interviews, and that all of his claims need to be checked out and followed up by investigators.

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April 22nd, 2013
07:33 AM ET

Monday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the investigation and fallout from the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Today's programming highlights...

The Jodi Arias trial resumes on Tuesday, April 23

12:00 pm ET - White House briefing - The Boston Marathon bombings, gun control and immigration will likely dominate discussion at today's briefing in Washington.

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April 22nd, 2013
04:56 AM ET

Boston honors victims; suspect can’t speak

At 2:50 p.m. Monday, Boston will fall silent to honor the victims of a tragedy that unhinged the city.

A minute later, bells will ring to mark the Boston Marathon bombings one week ago today.

As Americans reflect on the attacks, the lone surviving suspect remains hospitalized with a tube down his throat, unable to verbalize what he was thinking when a pair of bombs killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.

While authorities say Bostonians can rest easier now that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody, nagging questions hinder any total sense of security: Why would the assailants want to kill or maim throngs of innocent civilians, and could this happen again?

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Boston bombing suspect could be informed of charges today
Dzokhar Tsarnaev could be informed of charges as early as Sunday, a Department of Justice official tells CNN.
April 21st, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Boston bombing suspect could be informed of charges today

Federal officials hope to inform Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of charges as early as today, a Department of Justice official tells CNN's Pamela Brown.

The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in serious but stable condition in a Boston hospital, where he's under heavy guard.

While a presentment of charges could take place Sunday, an official arraignment would take place later. Normally, a person who faces federal charges must be arraigned within 48 hours.

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Boston bombing suspect unable to talk
April 21st, 2013
04:11 AM ET

Boston bombing suspect unable to talk

Perhaps the only man in the world who can explain why the Boston Marathon bombings took place is sedated with a tube down his throat, unable to speak.

Suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was in serious but stable condition at a Boston hospital and cannot talk, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters.

"I, and I think all of the law enforcement professionals, are hoping for a host of reasons that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered," the governor said Saturday.

As Tsarnaev remains under heavy guard at the hospital, a flurry of new details have emerged in the case.

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