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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November 29th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

New York cop's act of kindness goes viral

[Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET Friday] Here's how a simple act of kindness can become a worldwide inspiration and a public relations bonanza for the New York Police Department.

In a case of being in the right place at the right time, a tourist from Arizona, who happens to work in law enforcement herself, was visiting New York City earlier this month when she noticed a man without shoes asking for change near Times Square.


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October 4th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

7th Avenue in NYC reopened after suspicious package found to be harmless

[Updated 10:24 a.m.] 7th Avenue has been reopened in New York's Times Square.  Police have determined that an unattended backpack was harmless.

[Posted 9:53 a.m.] Police have shut down New York City's Times Square to traffic Tuesday as they investigate a suspicious package left aboard an MTA bus, authorities said.

The unattended backpack was discovered aboard the bus along a 7th Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street, police said.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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On the Radar: Court report, Plains blizzard, dropping objects, bowl games
December 31st, 2010
08:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Court report, Plains blizzard, dropping objects, bowl games

Supreme Court report: The U.S. Supreme Court will release Chief Justice John Roberts' year-end report at 6 p.m. ET.

Roberts may comment on judges' salaries, judicial nominations, security concerns in the courts and other issues.

Weather watch: The Northern Plains will endure blizzard conditions for another day as a powerful upper-level storm moves east from Colorado, the National Weather Service says.

Wind chills of 15 to 30 degrees below zero are likely to put the kibosh on outdoor New Year's Eve celebrations across the Midwest.

Falling objects: As many as 1 million revelers are expected to pack New York's Times Square area for the annual ball drop, but that's not the only place where people will be counting backward and watching things fall at midnight.

Here are some of the planned celebrations:

  • Pineapple drop in Honolulu, Hawaii (pictured above)
  • Dill pickle drop in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Pine cone drop in Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Peep candy drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Sausage drop in Elmore, Ohio
  • Walleye drop in Port Clinton, Ohio
  • Hunk of cheese drop in Plymouth, Wisconsin
  • Bologna drop in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Peach drop in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Possum drop in Brasstown, North Carolina
  • Acorn drop in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Potato chips drop in Lewistown, Pennsylvania
  • Wrench drop in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Snooki drop in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • Flea drop in Eastover, North Carolina

Bowl games: The college football bowl season shifts into high gear, with four New Year's Eve games (all times Eastern):

  • Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida vs. Clemson, noon
  • Sun Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Miami, 2 p.m.
  • Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. No. 25 UCF, 3:30 p.m.
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl: No. 20 South Carolina vs. No. 23 Florida State, 7:30 p.m.
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October 5th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Times Square bomb plotter sentenced to life in prison

A 30-year-old Pakistani-American was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb in Times Square this year.

Faisal Shahzad was defiant before a judge sentenced him Tuesday, saying "the defeat of the U.S. is imminent."

Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to all 10 counts in an indictment against him. At the time, he told the court, "I want to plead guilty 100 times because unless the United States pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, until they stop drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen and stop attacking Muslim lands, we will attack the United States and be out to get them."


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June 21st, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Shahzad pleads guilty to Times Square charges

Faisal Shahzad, a suspect in the May 1 failed Times Square bombing attempt,
entered pleas of guilty Monday in federal court, an administration official
told CNN.

An administration official said a plea deal was negotiated beforehand, and
Shahzad entered guilty pleas to each of the 10 counts against him. This source, a White House legal source, said President Obama was made aware of the negotiations.

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May 11th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Part of Times Square evacuated over package

A section of Times Square was evacuated briefly Tuesday evening due to a suspicious package, according to the New York Police Department.

The area was at 48th Street and Broadway, NYPD said.

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May 7th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

All-clear given in Times Square scare

Police have blocked off parts of Times Square and evacuated people because of a suspicious cooler left in Times Square.

[Updated at 6:06 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York acknowledged after that incident that terrorists have targeted New York.

"We have to take every precaution, as you know, because we remain a prime target for terrorists," he said. "That's something all New Yorkers understand and it's something that we need Washington to understand as well."

"We will continue to doing everything we possibly can to protect New Yorkers from terrorist attacks. We have, as you know, built the most comprehensive and sophisticated counter terrorism operation of any local police force in the world."

[Updated at 2:24 p.m.] An all-clear was declared Friday after authorities investigated a suspicious package left in front of a hotel in Times Square and determined that it contained water bottles, police said.