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Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Experts puzzled as hunt for terror links gleans little

Federal prosecutors are trying to piece together the complex web of influences that transformed a young man with no confirmed militant training or links, apparently acting alone with only the assistance of his younger brother, into a brutal bomber prepared to kill and maim in pursuit of a cause that…

Judge concerned by NYPD officers’ testimony in stop and frisk trial

The federal judge presiding over the landmark case against the New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy has complained that witnesses have perjured themselves during the hearings. Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered two officers to come back to court this week, after expressing concerns about their earlier testimony. In heated exchanges…

Apple profit falls for first time in nearly a decade

Apple reported Tuesday that its quarterly profit had dipped for the first time in nearly a decade despite a rise in revenue from the same period a year earlier. The company posted a profit of $9.5 billion on revenue of $43.6 billion in the first three months of this year,…

FBI’s ‘most wanted’ Eric Justin Toth captured in Nicaragua

A former American teacher, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list, was charged Tuesday with production and possession of child pornography after his extradition from Nicaragua. Eric Justin Toth, 31, briefly appeared in a Washington court, and was to be held until a preliminary hearing May 23. Toth, a…

New York could become first major city to raise smoking age

New York wants to become the first major US city to raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. The city council is to vote on the proposal May 2. Backing it is its speaker, Christinne Quinn, who is running for mayor. All it needs for passage is…

Researchers: Preventing pediatric firearm injuries should be a priority

Youths who are injured in gun violence are more likely to need intensive care and are much more likely to die from their wounds than children injured by other means, US researchers said Tuesday. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offer a rare look at…

Janet Napolitano: U.S. ‘pinged’ when Boston suspect flew to Russia

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday the US government’s security system “pinged” when one of the Boston bombing suspects flew to Russia last year. Her comments at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing came as lawmakers have questioned why US authorities were not keeping a closer eye on Tamerlan Tsarnaev,…

Senator Max Baucus of Montana won’t seek re-election in 2014

US Senator Max Baucus said Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2014, making him the latest senior Democrat to avoid a tough bid to hold his seat in a conservative-leaning state. The retirement of the six-term senator from Montana, who heads the powerful Finance Committee, will provide one of…

Reef fish use sign language to communicate prey locations to others

The roving coralgrouper, a predator fish of the tropical reef, uses sign language to advise fellow hunters of hiding prey, according to a study published on Tuesday. It is the first time that a fish has been known to make “referential gestures,” or specific signs that alert a partner to…

Mysterious water on Jupiter came from comet smash

Enigmatic traces of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter came from a comet that crashed into the giant planet in 1994, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. Astronomers have been debating the water for 15 years after telltale molecules were spotted by an infrared telescope. Some argued…

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