FBI releases video showing bombing suspects
April 18th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

FBI releases video showing bombing suspects

A short video released by the FBI on Thursday shows two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon attack walking single file on a sidewalk along the race route.

The video was released Thursday as investigators asked for the public's help in identifying the two men.

One of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings left a bag believed to contain one of the explosives outside the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street in the city, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said. The bag was dropped there "within minutes" of the explosions, he added.

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Filed under: FBI • Justice
April 18th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

FBI confirms ricin in D.C. letters

The FBI said Thursday it confirmed the presence of the deadly poison ricin in letters sent to a U.S. senator and President Barack Obama. A suspect has been arrested in the case.

That suspect appeared Thursday in federal court in Oxford Mississippi.

During a four-minute hearing, Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander ordered Paul Kevin Curtis - who appeared in court with attorney Christi McCoy - to remain in custody until a grand jury issues an expected indictment and a preliminary and detention hearing on April 29.

Earlier Thursday, the 45-year-old resident of Corinth, Mississippi, was charged with sending a threat to the president.

A criminal complaint charged Curtis with "knowingly depositing for conveyance in the mail and for delivery from any post office any letter, paper, writing or document containing threats to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States."

The federal complaint further charges him with sending "communications addressed to other persons, and containing a threat to injure the person of others."


Filed under: Crime • FBI • Justice
April 18th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

Flight delays hit Chicago airports

More than 600 flights were canceled Thursday at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports due to heavy rain in the region, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

Both airports reported delays of between 30 to 90 minutes after the metropolitan area experienced a deluge of nearly 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

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Filed under: Air travel • Illinois • Travel
April 18th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

Thursday's live events

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

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Texas fertilizer plant explosion

11:00 am ET - Boston interfaith service - President Obama joins officials, first responders and others for an interfaith service in honor of the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings.

12:30 pm ET - Jodi Arias trial - Trial resumes in Phoenix in the case of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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Filed under: Boston • Massachusetts • On CNN.com today • Terrorism • Texas • U.S.
April 18th, 2013
07:36 AM ET

Texas blast 'like nuclear bomb went off'

A massive blast at a fertilizer plant Wednesday night killed what authorities estimate to be at least five people, wounded more than 160, and damaged 50 to 60 homes in a five-block area, officials in West, Texas said Thursday.

The casualty count could spike to 60 or 70, said Dr. George Smith, the city's emergency management system director.

"We have two EMS personnel that are dead for sure, and there may be three firefighters that are dead," Smith said.

"There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow," Mayor Tommy Muska warned late Wednesday.


Filed under: Texas
April 18th, 2013
04:58 AM ET

Pakistani court rejects Musharraf's bail

A Pakistani court has rejected bail for former President Pervez Musharraf, setting the stage for his possible arrest, his lawyer said Thursday.

Surrounded by his security detail, Musharraf left the Islamabad High Court after it issued the decision, said lawyer Ahmed Raza Qasoori. Local television showed him walking through a large crowd outside the courthouse and getting into a black SUV to return to his villa.

Musharraf resigned as president of the south Asian nation five years ago and went into exile in London and Dubai. He returned to Pakistan recently, saying he planned to contest three different court cases against him and run in upcoming elections.


Filed under: Pakistan • World
April 18th, 2013
04:47 AM ET

N. Korea sets tough terms for talks with U.S.

North Korea on Thursday set out demanding conditions for any talks with Washington and Seoul, calling for the withdrawal of U.N. sanctions against it and a permanent end to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

The United States and South Korea "should immediately stop all their provocative acts against the DPRK and apologize for all of them," the North's National Defense Commission said in a statement carried by state-run media, using the shortened version of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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Filed under: Kim Jong Un • North Korea • South Korea • U.S.
April 18th, 2013
03:10 AM ET

iReport: 'Make room for love' after bombing

The emotions are still raw: anger, confusion, terror.

But those who lived through the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon - and those touched by the tragedy - are slowly picking up the pieces and trying to move on.

The blasts killed three and injured about 180 others Monday, sending shock waves nationwide. They left behind gruesome images of chaos, destruction and shattered limbs.

But as the initial shock subsides, some are determined to move past the grisly blasts.

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