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  • More details sought on mute Boston bomb suspect

    DENISE LAVOIE, EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press

    BOSTON (AP) — The 19-year-old charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, his throat injured by a gunshot wound, wrote down answers to the questions of investigators about his motives and connections to any terror networks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's answers led them to believe he and his brother were motivated by a radical brand of Islam without major terror connections, said U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Dina... Full story

  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect is charged

    DENISE LAVOIE, STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

    BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction — a crime that carries a possible death sentence. Officials have said Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother set off the twin explosions at last week's marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 180. His brother, Tamerlan, 26, died Friday after a fierce gunbattle. Tsarnaev was listed in serious but stable condition at Beth Israel Deaconess...

  • FBI issues photos of 2 suspects in Boston bombing

    ADAM GELLER, DENISE LAVOIE,Associated Press

    BOSTON (AP) — The FBI released photos and video Thursday of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack. AP Photo/Julio Cortez Photos of two suspects sought in the Boston Marathon bombing are displayed during a news conference talking about the investigation of the Boston Marathon explosions, Thursday, in Boston. The city continues to cope following Monday's explosions...

  • FBI: 3 removed backpack from Boston suspect's room

    BRIDGET MURPHY, DENISE LAVOIE ,Associated Press

    BOSTON — Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev removed a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the attack, according to charges filed Wednesday. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. A third man, Robel Phillipos, is charged with making false statements to federal investigators. The affidavit says Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev agreed to get rid of...

  • Court: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutional

    DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

    BOSTON — A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn't give them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. The court didn't... Full story

  • Dentist who used paper clips gets year in jail

    DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

    FALL RIVER, Mass. — A former Massachusetts dentist was sentenced to one year in jail Monday for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals. Dr. Michael Clair pleaded guilty earlier this month to a list of charges, including assault and battery, defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, illegally prescribing medications and witness intimidation. Prosecutors said Clair sometimes used sections of paper clips when performing root canals in an effort to save money. Some of his patients reported infections and... Full story

  • Dentist who used paper clips gets year in jail

    DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

    FALL RIVER, Mass. — A former Massachusetts dentist was sentenced to one year in jail Monday for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals. Dr. Michael Clair pleaded guilty earlier this month to a list of charges, including assault and battery, defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, illegally prescribing medications and witness intimidation. Prosecutors said Clair sometimes used sections of paper clips when performing root canals in an effort to save money. Some of his patients reported infections and... Full story

  • Unabomber updates Harvard University alumni book

    DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

    BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University alumni attending their 50th class reunion this week are getting updates on classmates, but one person stands out among those sharing news about career moves, retirements and grandkids — Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File In this April 4, 1996 file photo, Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, is escorted into the federal courthouse in Helena. Kaczynski graduated in 1962 and is locked up in the federal Supermax prison in Colorado for killing three people and...

  • Law enforcement websites under attack by hackers

    BRIAN SKOLOFF, DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY — Saboteurs stole passwords and sensitive information on tipsters while hacking into the websites of several law enforcement agencies worldwide in attacks attributed to the collective known as Anonymous. Breaches were reported this week in Boston, Syracuse, New York, Salt Lake City and Greece. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta FBI headquarters in Washington Friday. They trade jokes, chuckle and talk shop about a hacker plot called "Project Mayhem." But at the heart of the conference call between the FBI and...